Don’t give up. . .
Don’t Ever
Give up!

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. Since its formation in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded over $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research.

Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.

More than $225 Million Awarded to cancer research and related programs

Victory Over Cancer®


The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The V Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising and philanthropy.


Our vision is to fund extraordinary cancer research to save more lives every day.

Every. Single. Penny.

Thanks to an endowment funded by generous donors, 100% of direct donations benefit cancer research and programs. This means that not one single cent of your donations goes to operating expenses. Period.

Four types of grants.
Endless ways to beat cancer.

The V Foundation awards four types of grants to fund breakthroughs in cancer research.

Research Successes

Designated Grant

Dr. Katharine Matthay

University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Parnassus. V Designated Grant 2001 and 2008

“The V Foundation grant will allow us to apply for NIH funding, for a program project grant, and also to support more extensive clinical trials after we have done our initial phase one testing.”

A $1.1 million V Foundation investment helped secure $9.7 million in additional funding.

Translational Grant

James MulÉ, PH.D.

Executive Vice President for Translational Research; Michael McGilicuddy Endowed Chair for Melanoma, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.

“We believe the “V” vaccine will set the stage for creating ‘designer’ lymph nodes to effectively boost immunity to a variety of cancer types.”

The generous funding of the V Foundation allowed us to develop and launch the very first therapeutic vaccine of its kind.
Laugh. Think. Cry.

That's a heck of a day.”

Each new breakthrough in the fight against cancer means more and more people can live their lives to the fullest without the added burden of illness. This is what Jim Valvano dreamed of. Even as he was fighting his own battle against cancer, he encouraged everyone to laugh, think and cry each day. Find out more about the extraordinary co-founder and namesake of the V Foundation and see how you can help bring his mission to life.