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Create Your Own Research Fund

Create Your Own Research Fund

Do you want to take your support of a specific cancer research area to the next level while honoring or remembering a family member or loved one? NFCR has the solution for you: Create Your Own Research Fund. NFCR has been setting up designated and restricted fund programs for more than 40 years. These funds allow you to fund a specific researcher, project, cancer type or cancer research area in a significant fashion over a three year+ timeframe that will accelerate the pace of discovery. The fund can be named by you to highlight your cause or as a tribute to your family or loved one to keep that legacy at the forefront of the Research to find a Cure.

Creating Your Own Research Fund allows you to:

  • Restrict your support to a specific researcher, project or cancer area;
  • Name the fund – many honor the area of research or family and loved ones;
  • Meet the principal investigator (lead researcher) of the project you support at least annually;
  • Receive research update reports from the principal investigator as NFCR receives them;
  • Attend NFCR’s annual Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research as a VIP;
  • Attend NFCR’s annual Scientific Symposium where all researchers present progress in their projects and researchers; and
  • Strengthen your fund by engaging family, colleagues and peers to lead events and other activities in support of your cause. NFCR can help you with ideas on ways to engage others in support of your fund.

How it Works

  • Commit to a minimum of 3 years of research support. The amount of your annual gift or size of the fund is dictated by your desired scope of research work. NFCR has helped establish funds that have ranged from $75,000 to $2 million+. Funds can be established and supported by a variety of assets, as well as set up via a gift in a will or estate plan.
  • Choose a specific researcher, project, cancer type or area you’d like your fund to be restricted. NFCR can assist in supporting a new project by pre-screening proposals in a field of cancer research you’re interested and arrange presentations on research proposals by the principal investigators for you to consider.
  • Choose a name for your fund. If you would like to publicize the fund, NFCR will work with you to build a logo and highlight it on the NFCR.org website, our Annual Report and other marketing avenues.

If you would like to learn more about Creating Your Own Fund, contact us at info@nfcr.org or call 1-800-321-CURE (2873).

Special Research Funds Started by NFCR Supporters

The Lucy Fund

Even though over 90% of cancer mortalities are due to metastatic cancer — cancer that spreads from its original location to vital organs within the body — less than 5% of current cancer funding supports research geared towards understanding the mechanisms of metastasis. The Lucy Fund was created to lessen this statistical discrepancy, with hopes that one day researchers will find a way to make cancer a chronic, not deadly, disease.

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The Hope Fund for Sarcoma Research

The Hope Fund for Sarcoma Research is a designated fund established by Ken and Marianne Bouldin in partnership with NFCR. The Bouldin’s founded the Hope Fund in 2006 after their daughter Jennifer survived a type of sarcoma known as malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST).

Jordan Meister and his family continue to carry the torch of the Hope Fund to serve the hopes and visions of those battling MPNST with the goal to raise the funds needed to advance sarcoma research.

Bouldin Family

The Arnold and Helen Klein Fund for Cancer Research

This year, 2023, is Arnold Klein’s 20th year of being cancer free of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). He fought the diagnosis in 2003 with strength and belief beyond measure that the targeted treatment developed for CML would save his life. He and his wife, Helen, have been donors to NFCR since 2010. Knowing that cancer has no boundaries and affects all people, their deep commitment to help others with cancer has motivated them to establish the fund to support NFCR’s innovative research programs to Make Cures Possible – for all cancers.


Contributions to the Arnold and Helen Klein Fund for Cancer Research will accelerate NFCR’s basic, translational (pre-clinical), and clinical research programs for the unmet needs of cancer patients.