In 2022, an estimated 609,360 will die of cancer, an average of almost 1,670 people per day.

11 Consecutive 4-Star Ratings

The V Foundation has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings (out of 4) by Charity Navigator, a leading charity evaluator. This places the V Foundation among the top 2% of all charities evaluated.

163 Institutions

The V Foundation has awarded grants to more than 163 institutions in the US (across 40 states) and 4 institutions in Canada (across 3 provinces).

$310 Million

The V Foundation has awarded over $310 million, which has been used to fund cancer research grants nationwide.

1,186 Grants Awarded

The V Foundation awards competitive grants through a process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of the nation’s top doctors and scientists.

Cutting Edge Research

The V Foundation supports cutting-edge research into all types of cancers occurring anywhere in the body and affecting adults or children.

100% of Donations

The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses.

Founded in 1993

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, award-winning basketball coach and commentator.


There are an estimated 18 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of survivors is expected to increase to 22.1 million by 2030.


Most cancers are categorized by stage. “Stage 0” cancer is called “in situ.” This means abnormal cells have stayed with the originating cell layer. “Stage I” is localized and easiest to treat. “Stage IV” means abnormal cells have spread the farthest. This is the most difficult stage to treat.

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