AACR Annual Report 2021


AACR Foundation

The AACR marked its fifth year as the official charity partner for the Philadelphia Marathon. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, individual donors, and the AACR Runners for Research team, the marathon weekend raised more than $400,000 to support the AACR’s mission.

Supporting the Mission

The AACR Foundation sustains the groundbreaking work of the AACR by fostering a culture of giving that includes industry and corporate partners, foundations, and individual donors. Through outreach and relationship building, the Foundation unites these supporters and empowers them to direct their time, talent, and financial resources to advancing the AACR's mission to prevent and cure all cancers.

Philadelphia Marathon

In November, the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend returned after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the AACR marked its fifth year as the official charity partner for the event. More than 7,300 supporters made contributions to the AACR—including Philadelphia’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, the AACR Runners for Research Gold Level Sponsor with a donation of $50,000, and the 287 members of the AACR Runners for Research team. Thanks to this generous support, the marathon weekend raised a record total of over $411,000 to support innovative cancer science.

AACR Cancer Research Fund: Expanding Industry Partnerships to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The AACR COVID-19 and Cancer Task Force was formed in 2020 to address the immediate needs of scientists, clinicians, and patients impacted by the pandemic. The task force worked to identify the most formidable obstacles to progress against cancer and to develop ways the AACR could overcome those obstacles. The group outlined three objectives that the AACR should pursue in order to endure and prevail through the COVID-19 crisis: 1) accelerate innovation in clinical care; 2) promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 3) sustain the next generation of cancer scientists.

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated inequities in cancer care and disparities in workforce diversity, the AACR took direct action to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in cancer research:

Addressing Women’s Cancers and Fostering Women in the Workforce through Foundation Partnerships

In November, the AACR and Pelotonia announced the establishment of a new program funded by The Victoria’s Secret Global Fund for Women’s Cancers to improve and save the lives of women around the world by fostering innovative research and supporting the professional development of female cancer researchers. The program will offer grants to support research focused on improving outcomes for patients with breast and gynecologic cancers. It will also include new scientific achievement awards intended to recognize five influential female researchers who have made pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding and/or treatment of breast or any form of gynecologic cancer. The first Victoria’s Secret Global Fund for Women’s Cancers Meritorious Awards, in Partnership with Pelotonia and AACR, will be presented in 2022.

Virtual Fundraising

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic precluded the possibility of in-person events for most of the year, the Foundation continued to use virtual events to stay connected with its donor community:

Corporate Partnerships

John Kincade
Cancer Survivor
AACR Ambassador

Community and Individual Giving

Recognition of Donor Support

Donor support helps the AACR fund critical research that leads to groundbreaking discoveries, innovations, and treatments. The AACR is grateful for the exceptional commitment and generosity of its supporters, who drive progress to save, extend, and enhance the lives of patients with cancer.

Pillars of Science

Presidents Circle

Leadership Circle


Financial Statement