This list, in no particular order, shows some of the hundreds (if not thousands) of organizations currently raising funds to battle childhood cancer. This list is primarily devoted to groups that raise funds for research, although some may provide other services. A list of organizations that support patients and families can be found here.
You should ask specific questions before you contribute or participate in fundraisers: What percentage of my donations/fundraising money will be directed to pediatric cancer? Please remember, while nationally recognized, the American Cancer Society contributes less than a penny on a dollar of all donor funds to childhood cancer. See thisanalysis for more detail.
- What percentage to research for a cure?
- Will a portion go towards family support or other valuable needs?
- What percentage is used by your organization for administration? (i.e. - how efficient are you)?
Visit Charity Navigatorto view the efficiencies and financial information for many major charities.
Please visit KidsCancerFight.org to view a list of numerous national childhood cancer organizations and dozens of local and regional ones have taken unprecedented steps to collaborate and support the production of a radio public service announcement and the KidsCancerFight.org website. This project developed from the People Against Childhood Cancer (PAC2) Workshop in March 2011. The Workshop was organized by PAC2 to bring the childhood cancer community together to identify collaborative ways to make the work of childhood cancer organizations more efficient and effective.
- St. Baldricks - The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is THE largest funder of childhood cancer research outside the US government. St. B's is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $76 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org. Read St. Baldrick's PAC2 Guest Column here.
- Alex's Lemonade Stand - In 2000, a 4 year old cancer patient named Alexandra "Alex" Scott announced a seemingly simple idea -she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help "her doctors" find a cure for kids with cancer. The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer" on their front lawn in July of 2000. The simple concept of "fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time" has allowed people who would not usually participate in fundraising, especially children, to organize and raise money for childhood cancer. Adults and children have been inspired by Alex's giving spirit - since 2004 there have been over 8000 Alex's Lemonade Stands held across the country. Read ALSF's Guest Column here.
- CureSearch for Children's Cancer - is dedicated to raising private funds for childhood cancer research for the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest cooperative cancer research organization. Together, we are committed to conquering childhood cancer through scientific discovery and compassionate care. Read CureSearch's PAC2 Guest Column here.
- Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research - Rally Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, through volunteers across the country, raises awareness and funds specifically for childhood cancer research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancers. For every dollar Rally receives, 93 cents goes to support childhood cancer research. Rally Foundation supports all phases of childhood cancer research from science at the bench to Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. 4 Quarters 4 Research is a program in which schools and businesses can collect change for childhood cancer research. Rally Across America is a charity bicycle ride that stops in cities across the country to ride in honor of a local child fighting cancer, visit the kids at the children's hospital, and hold fundraiser events. Rally Athletes are Champions for Childhood Cancer Research who are pro-actively helping raise money by participating in an athletic event such as a marathon or triathlon.
- Hyundai Hope On Wheels - Since 1998, Hyundai and its dealers have been committed to supporting the fight against childhood cancer. What began 14 years ago as a local initiative supported by New England-area Hyundai dealers to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has evolved into Hyundai Hope On Wheels, an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is now supported nationwide by Hyundai's 800+ dealers and Hyundai Motor America. By year-end 2012, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have donated more than $57 million to children's hospitals across the country to help kids fight cancer. Every time a new Hyundai vehicle is sold in the U.S., a donation is made to Hope On Wheels.
- Jeff Gordon Foundation - The mission of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation is to support children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. Since 1999, The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation has touched tens of thousands of children and granted nearly $10 million to some of the country’s most recognized health organizations. Through the years we have funded programs that provide life saving medical equipment, aid to patients and their families and funding for the most promising cancer treatment and research.
- Cookies for Kids Cancer - Cookies for Kids' Cancer is committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18. Through the concept of local bake sales, Cookies for Kids' Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.
- Band of Parents - We are parents of children diagnosed with a cancer called neuroblastoma who want to help further the research and drug development desperately needed to save more children. Neuroblastoma is an “orphan” cancer; pharmaceutical companies are not developing new treatments because there is not a large enough patient base to make development profitable. Funding from the government is similarly limited. Time is running out for many of our children -- money stands between them and a cure.
- Curing Childhood Cancer Fund - The Curing Children’s Cancer Fund (CCCF) was founded by people who are committed to helping physician-researchers discover a cure for all children with cancer. Supporters of the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund are raising money for pediatric cancer research so that one day, doctors will be able to tell the parents of every child with cancer, “Your child is going to be fine. We have a cure.” Making pediatric cancer a thing of the past is an ambitious goal, but for those of us who feel as though they have faced even bigger challenges, amazing things can be accomplished one small step at a time.
- The Andrew McDonough B+® Foundation - The overall goal of The Andrew McDonough B+® Foundation is to “Do Good”. Specifically, the mission of the organization is to address the following objectives: 1. Provide financial assistance for families of children with cancer nationwide, 2. Sponsor research to find cures for childhood cancers and improve chemotherapy.
- Cure Kids Cancer - Cure Kids Cancer is focused on helping children battling cancer find a hospital close to home that can provide them appropriate treatment. We know that children tend to respond better to treatments when they can be close to the comforts of home, family and friends. Cure Kids Cancer believes that kids should be able to receive care as close to home as possible. In an effort to help provide adequate funding to children's hospitals helping to treat children suffering from cancer, Cure Kids Cancer hopes to help attract necessary resources that will further research measures that will one day find a cure for childhood cancers.
- Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation -The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Asheville, N.C., is the world's largest non-governmental funder of childhood brain tumor research. Our programs include free educational information about brain tumors, Internet conferences, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors, and Ride for Kids® motorcycle charity events.
- CURE Childhood Cancer
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer. The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer. Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.
- Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation - Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it. Our mission is carried out through three unique programs which include the Bear Hugs Program, Bear Discoveries and Bear Empowerment.
- The Pablove Foundation - The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs.
- Solving Kids Cancer - is dedicated to facilitating the development of therapies to improve survivorship of the deadliest childhood cancers through an innovative and aggressively funded model. Our dream is to extend life for children with the deadliest forms of pediatric cancer today while making survivorship possible for all children by 2015. Although SKC is a nonprofit organization, we operate as a therapeutic development enterprise for pediatric cancer. SKC is instrumentally involved in the conception, design, and management of our funded projects. SKC manages every stage of the projects we support, including tying grant milestones to actual deliverables. SKC directs and monitors collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure transparent and effective results.
- The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation - Founded by families, friends and physicians of children with brain tumors. Our mission is to raise funds for scientific research and heighten public awareness of this most devastating disease and to improve prognosis and quality of life for those that are affected. Founded and incorporated in Virginia, relocated to Maryland, the Foundation (a 501(c)(3), strives to meet the goals of our mission. Friends, families, and physicians brought CBTF together and are dedicated to serving the needs of families and children with brain tumors, in hopes of improving the quality of life and find cures for pediatric brain tumors. Annually, CBTF funds basic science or clinical research; conferences and other programs.
- Children's Brain Tumor Foundation - The mission of Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.
- The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative - Sarcomas represent 15-20% of all childhood cancers. The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative undertakes activities that help improve the quality of life for people dealing with sarcoma. Central to this mission are our goals of increasing public awareness of sarcoma and raising funds for sarcoma-related research and clinical trials. We believe that increased public awareness of sarcoma will lead to increased research and clinical trial funding and that research will ultimately lead to a cure for sarcoma.
- The Tomorrows Children’s Fund - The Tomorrows Children’s Fund was founded by a group of dedicated parents to help their children and others like them with cancer and serious blood disorders. With the help of friends like you, today, TCF provides a warm, healthy and loving environment for children in treatment; a full scope of services to relieve families’ emotional and financial stress; the very best possible medical care; and funding for research on these diseases. All of which confirms our belief that through hope, hard work and heartfelt generosity, extraordinary things are possible.
- Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation
AWOCCF is working closely with scientists, researchers and doctors; who are pioneers in the pediatric cancer field, who are on the forefront of bringing many alternative therapies into clinic which could prolong the lives of children diagnosed with Neuroblastoma until a cure is funded. Right now only 30% of children diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma will survive, but because it is an "orphan" cancer, research funding is limited as pharmaceutical companies do not see the efforts as profitable. Recognizing that children should not be viewed as a profit, but, rather, our investment, Arms Wide Open raises money for alternative therapies and actual treatments these children so desparately need in order to survive.
- Coach's and Teachers Curing Childhood Cancer - As a soccer coach for many years, this one gets me. And I am sure it hits all the First Grade teachers too. It is a very interesting concept with a lot of potential! Instead of buying your coach or teacher a gift at the end of the year, donate the money to Curing Kids' Cancer. The money goes to childhood cancer research and in return, the coach or teacher receives an original gift, a certificate and the great feeling of helping kids kick cancer. Money is granted to pediatric cancer research. Seems to be nationwide.
- Children's Cancer Fund - Seems to be focused on NY, NY and surrounding area. The Children's Cancer Fund (CCF) was founded in January 1993 by a small group of doctors, nurses and parents. The fund's primary goal is to establish and foster research in childhood cancer as well as enrich the quality of life for children with cancer by improving clinical and support services. CCF is based at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. In our 14th year our friends, family, volunteers and donors have increased to over 7,500.
- Pediatric Cancer Foundation - Also seems to primarily benefit NY City area hospitals. As we begin our 14th Walkathon we continue to work towards the success of our mission in our efforts to cure childhood cancer. Pediatric Cancer Foundation supports patient care, funds research, and provides seed money to finance new protocols and therapies for diseases that were once unbeatable. Therapies for cancer patients are perpetually evolving and much has been done, but there is still more work to do. For 38 years Pediatric Cancer Foundation has been committed to these goals.
- Isaac's Foundation - The Isaac's Journey... "where HOPE begins" foundation was launched in January, 2008. The mission of the Isaac's Journey... "where HOPE begins" Foundation is to educate and raise awareness of Childhood Cancer and help fund research projects through grants from donations collected. We HOPE to change cure rates for our future generation as every advancement in curing childhood cancer has come through research.
- Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation - Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation — was founded from our life's experience with a child with cancer. We found that there was a need to address the many issues that childhood cancer presents to the family, the child, the doctors and nurses, the community and the country.
- Childrens Cancer Research Fund - Founded in 1987 Children's Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) is a non- profit organization dedicated to two important goals: to provide support on a national level for clinical research in pediatric cancer and to improve the medical environment for all children. Based in LA.
- Connor's Heroes Foundation - Parent lead group in Richmond, VA raising money for BMT research, awareness and family assistance. Over past 2 years have run at least 12 events per year. Anthem Blue Cross, IKON office supplies are sponsors.
- ThinkCure - ThinkCure is a nonprofit organization that champions critical cancer research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The organization embraces and relies on a broad base of support, building upon the passion of all those who have been touched in some way by cancer. Join us in our effort to find a cure. ThinkCure is the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation - was established by a child with cancer with one purpose in mind: to fund pediatric cancer research. To that end, the foundation serves as a vehicle to secure private funding to distribute to research facilities and promote awareness through its fund raising activities.
The EVAN Foundation - is dedicated to raising awareness about neuroblastoma and supporting the most promising research in the field. The foundation is committed to funding research aimed at helping neuroblastoma patients TODAY. We prioritize projects that facilitate new treatment options for patients who desperately need them.
The Matthew Larson Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation - (also known as IronMatt.org) – Our mission is to raise the awareness and funds necessary to overcome pediatric brain tumors and to help the affected children and families. The Foundation hopes to ease the burdens on the children and families who are battling this horrible disease, while also funding medical and scientific research to find a cure.
The Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma (PLGA) Foundation - is the largest, and only, non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope to children, parents, and families fighting Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytomas (PLGAs). We were founded in August 2007, as a 501(c)(3) foundation made up of families and friends dedicated to helping children who are struggling with brain tumors. Join us as we raise awareness, funding and find a cure for children with brain tumors.
CURE Childhood Cancer - Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.
The Seany Foundation – a San Diego nonprofit ogranization dedicated to funding research to help find cures for pediatric cancer and to improving the quality of life for children and teens battling cancer.
TeamConnor - has a vision is that one day, we WILL find a cure for childhood cancer so that every child can grow up, spread their wings and fly. Until that day comes, TeamConnor will harness all of our resources to raise awareness, support families and fund treatments to help find a cure.
Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation - The mission of the Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. is to raise awareness, provide support and fund research for childhood cancer.
Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer - is a charitable organization formed in 1976 to support research into the effective treatment and cure of childhood cancer and blood disorders
Get Well Gabby Foundation – goals are to raise money for childhood brain cancer research to help find a cure, to assist in the care and well being of children and their families battling childhood cancer and to provide resources for families navigating the cancer world so they may have the opportunity to stay with their child during their journey.
The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation - is one of the only cancer foundations dedicated to a “homerun” cure for all cancers, starting first with one of the most deadly and difficult cancers: pediatric brain cancer.