Empowering individuals

Our programs deliver results for cancer patients and contribute to enhancing freedom and prosperity.

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Our approach to funding emphasizes a collaborative partnership

Collaborative partnership. Resourcefulness. A willingness to improve. Results. These are the attributes we value most in the people and projects we fund.

We prefer time-limited projects with a high probability for sustainable, transformative results on the individual and/or societal level. World-changing ideas can occur at any time, so we accept letters of intent from highly qualified and dedicated institutions all year round. Additionally, we actively partner with like-minded organizations to take on and accelerate large, critical topics together.

We encourage organizations to develop a broad base of support for their proposed projects or initiatives. We never provide 100% of the support required for any given project. Instead, we maintain the freedom to fund an amount other than the one requested by the applicant, or propose a conditional approval until the applicant finds a matching funder.

Our review process

Our peer-review process is rigorous, and every grant application is reviewed by at least two highly qualified clinical experts, a biostatistician, and a patient advocate.

Grant reviewers follow a standard set of evaluation criteria to ensure that only projects with the highest impact and feasibility are recommended to the foundation's board of directors. Each project is assessed in the context of the work proposed, and only projects aligned with the objectives of our funding programs are approved for funding.

There are certain causes or financial needs which our foundation will not cover. Some examples include but are not limited to direct donations or grants to individuals, capital investments for infrastructure, and basic cancer research studies.

Grant approvals and rejections are communicated to the grantee in writing. The approval of funds is outlined in a written agreement in which milestones are clearly defined, and grantees are required to deliver progress reports on a scheduled basis.

Step 1

Preliminary review by
foundation team
Step 2

Invitation to submit
full proposal
Step 3

Evaluation by grant review committee
Step 4

Review and approval by foundation board

Our funding criteria

The overall impact for a funded project is its likelihood to have a sustained, powerful influence on the field involved.

While each of our grant programs has its specific focus, we operate with a firm belief that maximum impact on a transformative scale is achieved through collaborative, innovative funding models.

The approval of funds is based on the applicant's assertion to comply with agreed upon milestones and alignment with other filters, including potential synergies with other grantees. As we may not provide 100% of the support required for any given project, to better encourage organizations in developing a broader base of support for their proposed projects or initiatives, we could, in our capacities, make, challenge, or match grants as deemed appropriate. All approvals and decisions will be communicated to the grantee in writing.

Our funding criteria

Significance and impact on freedom
Innovation and originality
Experience of applicant team
Alignment with foundation mission
Reasonableness of budget
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