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About CRI

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is a top-rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 13-1837442) dedicated to harnessing the immune system's power to treat and potentially cure all cancers.

This important work has led to a revolutionary new class of cancer treatments called cancer immunotherapy, which today is giving millions of cancer patients a better chance at living longer.

Founded in 1953, CRI awards research grants and fellowships to support scientists at leading research universities and clinics around the world. Funding decisions are guided by a Scientific Advisory Council composed of renowned immunologists and tumor immunologists, including Nobel Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and members of the National Academy of Medicine. CRI Scientific Advisory Council Director James P. Allison, Ph.D., was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (with Dr. Tasuku Honjo) for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

Our Mission: Save more lives by fueling the discovery and development of powerful immunotherapies for all types of cancer.

CRI Fast Facts

  • 87 cents of every dollar spent goes to programs
  • $36.4 million awarded in 2019
  • $420 million invested in research to date
  • 3,300+ scientists supported globally
  • 330+ academic institutions funded
  • 120+ clinical trials funded
  • 33 countries in our global footprint

CRI Fiscal Responsibility

As a top-rated charity, CRI upholds the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, integrity, transparency, and accountability. CRI provides open disclosure of our financial information and governance to donors in charity watchdog ratings, annual reports, audited financial statements, and IRS 990 forms. When you give to CRI, you can trust your charitable investment will be spent wisely and will make the greatest possible impact in cancer immunotherapy research to save more lives.

CRI consistently receives exemplary marks from watchdog groups:

  • "A" Grade from CharityWatch
  • Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar
  • Four Stars from Charity Navigator
  • Member of BBB Wise Giving Alliance

In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Cancer Research Institute was included among the Best Charities for Your Donations by Consumer Reports. In 2019, Cancer Research Institute was included on the Great Nonprofits Top-Rated List and in Parade's curated list of charities for Giving Tuesday.

Read our Annual Reports
Review our Audited Financial Statements
Check our IRS 990 forms