American Association for Cancer Research

Press Releases: 2007

Lisa Dunlop Joins AACR to Lead Individual Giving Initiative

September 18, 2007

PHILADELPHIA -- Lisa R. Dunlop, CFRE, has joined the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) as Director of Individual and Planned Giving at the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer. In this newly created position, Dunlop will oversee the Foundation's fundraising from individual donors via personal solicitation, direct mail and special events.

Most recently, Dunlop was Chief Development Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, which, under her leadership, doubled its annual fundraising in less than four years. With an emphasis on donor-centered fundraising practices, Dunlop established a recognition society for donors, strengthened special events to significantly increase sponsorship revenue, and oversaw the marketing and communications functions, including the recently redesigned website and monthly e-newsletter. Her responsibilities also included overseeing grants administration and working closely with many key Board members and several committees regarding fundraising, marketing, planning and Board governance.

"We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the AACR," said Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.). "At a time when cancer research funding is of paramount importance, Lisa's background and substantial experience in fundraising will be invaluable as we work to increase grant funding opportunities for researchers active in innovative cancer science and discovery around the world."

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Dunlop has held development positions at Beaver College; Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation; Albert Einstein Healthcare Network; Evangelical Services for the Aging Foundation; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. Active in fundraising professional associations since 1987, Dunlop served two terms as a board member and officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Greater Philadelphia Chapter, which has more than 700 current members. Dunlop is also a frequent lecturer at professional conferences.

"Donors to the AACR participate personally in preventing and curing cancer through philanthropic giving, which funds research grants to the best scientific teams worldwide," said Dunlop. "Those who support the AACR have confidence that their gifts will result in discoveries that save lives. I look forward to reaching out to new individuals and sharing the story of how they can become involved."

Strengthening individual philanthropy in addition to AACR's traditional corporate and foundation support reflects the association's strategic vision as it commemorates its 100th anniversary this year. Increased funding will enable the AACR to place even greater emphasis on identifying promising new scientific areas in the field; fostering the highest quality cancer research through its programs; ensuring an appropriate cancer research workforce for the future; incorporating all relevant scientific disciplines within AACR membership and its activities; and maximizing cross-disciplinary interaction and communication, all with the goal of reducing the cancer burden around the world.

Dunlop, her husband and daughter reside in Glenside, Pa., Montgomery County.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes nearly 26,000 basic, translational, and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 70 other countries. AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 17,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special Conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. AACR publishes five major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Its most recent publication, CR, is a magazine for cancer survivors, patient advocates, their families, physicians, and scientists. It provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship, and advocacy.

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