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How philanthropy supports our cancer research

Philanthropy has played a key role in the progress we have made over the years and there are many opportunities to play a part in the future of cancer research.

We are proud of the relationships we have built up over many years with both individuals and philanthropic organisations, and would be delighted to speak with you about how we can help realise your philanthropic goals.

Dr Sarah Benafif, ICR at a Philanthropy Special Event

Working with philanthropists

We work closely with individuals and family offices who are passionate about making a huge impact on cancer research and transforming lives. 

By developing long-term relationships with donors, we offer the opportunity to see our work first-hand by meeting our scientists and clinicians, who will help you understand how your gift is changing the face of research into new cancer treatments and tackling drug resistance.

Contact Hannah Joyce  Read our philanthropy stories

Trusts, foundations and charity partners

Our dedicated team works closely with trusts, foundations and charity partners who play an important role in enabling our state-of-the-art infrastructure. From investing in cutting-edge technology to innovative research projects at our sites in Chelsea and Sutton, your support is critical to our world leading cancer research.

Your investment supports our work by providing funds that are directed to cancer research projects matching a specific area of interest or tumour type, or where the priority is greatest. 

Contact Thomas Bland  Read our donor stories

This year, our key priorities are:

  • Improving the outlook for people with cancers of unmet need

    Some cancer types, such as sarcoma, childhood and pancreatic cancer, are harder to treat and survive.  As a charity and university, we have a special responsibility to research cancers of unmet need.  Please help us to invest in the scientists and equipment they need to open fresh avenues for research and treatment.
  • Pursuing new lines of enquiry in tackling the DNA damage response

    By better understanding how our cells repair themselves after they are damaged, be it through the influence of daily life or through the effects of cancer treatment, we can pick out weaknesses that might be exploited by new cancer therapies.
  • Training the cancer research leaders of the future

    The ICR Studentships Awards enable us to develop the very best young scientists and clinicians through the various stages of their training, from doctoral studentships to their first team leader positions.

Meet the team

We would love to speak to you about how you can help make a difference to the ICR's work and patients’ lives today.

Lara Jukes, Director of Development

Lara Jukes, Director of Development

Tel : +44 207 1535 192

Email Lara

Thomas Bland, Deputy Director of Development (Trusts and Corporates) 

Thomas Bland, Deputy Director of Development (Trusts and Corporates)

Tel: +44 208 7224 200 

Email Tom

Hannah Joyce, Deputy Director of Development (Philanthropy)

Hannah Joyce, Deputy Director of Development (Philanthropy)

Tel: +44 207 1535 298 

Email Hannah

Isabelle Hayhoe, Senior Philanthropy Manager

Isabelle Hayhoe, Senior Philanthropy Manager

Tel: +44 203 4377 659

Email Isabelle

How you can support us from overseas

We would be delighted to speak with you about your philanthropic aims, and discuss how you can enjoy the tax benefits on your donation available in your country of residence:

  • US tax-payers and foundations wishing to support the ICR can give tax efficiently through CAF America, a US 501 (c) (3) charity (US tax ID no 43-1634280). 
  • For further information: Giving to the Institute of Cancer Research: a guide for US tax payers (PDF)
  • Donors in Switzerland can claim local tax benefits on their gifts through our Transnational Giving Europe partner Swiss Philanthropy Foundation by contacting [email protected]


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