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Cancer Research Institute

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Cancer Research Institute
29 Broadway
Floor 4
New York, NY 10006-3111

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To save more lives by fueling the discovery and development of powerful immunotherapies for all types of cancer.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Cancer Research Institute's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $15

How many dollars Cancer Research Institute spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Cancer Research Institute IRS Form 990 13-1837442
Cancer Research Institute Audited Financial Statements 13-1837442
Entity: Cancer Research Institute
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1837442
Entity: Cancer Research Institute
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1837442

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Cancer Research Institute
meets governance benchmarks.
Cancer Research Institute
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jill O'Donnell-Tormey CEO/Director of Scientific Affairs $464,756
2 Alfred R. Massidas CFO/Director of HR $348,306
3 Lynne Rapino Director, Grants Administration & Special Events $294,569
Name: Jill O'Donnell-Tormey
Title: CEO/Director of Scientific Affairs
Compensation: $464,756
Name: Alfred R. Massidas
Title: CFO/Director of HR
Compensation: $348,306
Name: Lynne Rapino
Title: Director, Grants Administration & Special Events
Compensation: $294,569

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Cancer Research Institute audit of June 30, 2018 (Note A-14, Contributed services), the Institute received contributed services provided by the Institute's Scientific Advisory Council in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a total value of $501,615.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Cancer Research Institute audit of June 30, 2018 (Note B, Contributions and Grants and Other Receivables):

"... Included in contribution revenue for fiscal-year 2018, was an amount of $6,914,717 from two donors, which represented approximately 56% of the total operating support and revenue for that fiscal year.."
According to the Cancer Research Institute audit of June 30, 2018 (Note A-13, Contributions):

"The Institute has entered into various clinical research support agreements to conduct clinical trials of cancer immunotherapies. The clinical trials are co-funded by various parties who have provided support in the amount of approximately $6,914,717 through June 30, 2018."
According to the Cancer Research Institute audit of June 30, 2018 (Note L, Financial Investment):

"In 2010, the Institute entered into a joint venture with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd. and formed a U.S. company named Cancer Vaccine Acceleration Company, LLC ('CVAC'). The members' initial capital contribution was $200. The purpose of the company is to obtain, hold, and develop intellectual property and other assets related to research and development of a vaccine for cancer in furtherance of the respective charitable missions of the members. The Institute believes that at present, the value of this investment is not material."