Our Impact

The drive to save lives and find cures for cancer is at the heart of the V Foundation’s mission. It’s why every penny donated by people like you goes directly to cancer research and programs — not administrative or operational costs. Our funding model is made possible through an endowment. The endowment enables us to give 100% of direct donations to cancer researchers, working to find a cure. As a result, the V Foundation has funded nearly $290 million in research grants since 1994.

“Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!”®

Jim Valvano

How Cancer Research Helps

Treatment options and survival rates for cancer patients have improved significantly. Mortality rates from cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, and melanoma have declined between 26% to 53% over the last 18+ years. This has been made possible thanks to breakthroughs in cancer research, finding better ways to detect and treat the disease.

But progress doesn’t happen overnight because cancer is complex. Researchers are continually developing better screening tools and learning more about prevention and early detection. Scientists are developing more targeted therapies that keep the whole patient healthier while zeroing in on the disease. While there aren’t cures yet, each breakthrough is one step closer to finding them. Donations make research possible, and it’s why every donation makes a difference.

Nothing has ever been accomplished in any walk of life without enthusiasm, without motivation and without perseverance.

Jim Valvano

How the V Foundation Helps

The V Foundation is committed to funding cancer research and to achieving Victory Over Cancer®. Learn more about our mission, the work we’ve done so far and how our generous donors and our endowment makes us one of the best charities to donate to.

Founded in 1993 by Jim Valvano & ESPN

The V Foundation was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, award-winning basketball coach and commentator. Affectionately known as “Jimmy V,” Valvano helped create the V Foundation shortly before he lost his battle with cancer. For nearly 30 years, the V Foundation has championed game-changing cancer research.

100% of Direct Donations Go To Cancer Research & Programs

When it comes to cancer research, every penny counts. The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses, ensuring that every penny donated funds research to create more successful treatments and to work toward finding cures.

We Support Research for All Types of Cancers

The V Foundation supports cutting-edge research of all types of cancers affecting adults or children.

Grants Awarded for Cancer Research

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 in cancer research. The V Foundation has awarded grants to more than 154 institutions in 40 states, as well as in Canada.

“Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!”®

Jim Valvano

Nearly $290 Million to Fund Cancer Research

The V Foundation has awarded nearly $290 million in cancer research grants nationwide.

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.

Jim Valvano

Recent Findings and Results in Cancer Research

Doctors and scientists are making great strides in the fight against cancer. Learn more about recent findings and results of new studies. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the V Foundation invests in all-star scientists. Learn more about their work and the grants awarded to them.

In every single day, in every walk of life, ordinary people do extraordinary things. Ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things.

Jim Valvano

Want to Get Involved in the Fight Against Cancer?

DIY Create Your Own - Brandenburg Photo - Get InspiredCancer affects nearly every person in some way throughout their lifetime. The V Foundation is committed to aiding research in the fight against cancer. Want to help? Learn how you can get involved and we can work together to achieve Victory over Cancer®.

But try if you can to support… so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease.

Jim Valvano