Letter from Our Chief Philanthropic Officer

Dear Friend of the AACR,

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic provoked significant challenges to the cancer research community—and yet, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) continued to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In 2021, our work continues to focus on generating new sources of revenue to increase funding for our member-scientists and the important work they do. Despite the difficulties the year 2020 brought us, I am proud to inform you that the AACR has awarded 57 grants to cancer researchers, totaling more than $12.62 million dollars, thanks to the generous support from our donors and partners.

I believe the success we are seeing at the AACR has much to do with mindset—the mindset of our staff, our more than 48,000 members, and the cancer community at large is one of strength, support, and community. We keep hearing the refrain, “We’re all in this together,” and it’s true. We may not be physically together, but we are united in spirit. If you’re feeling fatigued by the news, take a break from scrolling and check out some of the Philanthropy Brief’s positive stories of inspiration and empathy. They may inspire you—or shift your perspective.
We look forward to continuing to develop the AACR’s programs, activities, and initiatives that will foster cancer research worldwide, and ultimately, help improve patient treatment and care despite the challenges of COVID-19. If last year is any indication of our resolve to do good and our ability to collaborate and innovate, 2021 is sure to take us to new, groundbreaking heights.

We’re keeping our heads high and our hearts full of hope. I invite you to join us.

Thank you for being a valued friend and champion of the AACR.

Best regards,
Mitch Stoller
Chief Philanthropic Officer

Return to Philanthropy Brief, Spring 2021 Issue