More ways to give

While direct donations are the most common and simple way to support the V Foundation, there are many other ways to donate. No matter how you choose to give, know your contribution is helping to support breakthrough cancer research and related programs. Thank you for your generosity.

To find out more about how you can get involved contact

Estate Planning

Wills and Bequests

Supporting a philanthropic effort in a will is a wonderful way for a legacy to live on. The V Foundation is grateful to those who include us in their wills. We remain committed to continuing the dream of our late founder, Jim Valvano, to achieve victory over cancer.

Donors can set up a bequest when they work with their attorneys or legal advisors to draft their wills or revocable livings trusts.

There are four ways to include the V Foundation in your will:

  • Designate a specific amount
  • Designate a percentage amount
  • Residual Bequest – the gift of whatever is left (the residual) after specific gifts are given
  • Contingent Bequest – the contingent is the beneficiary who will receive the benefit if the primary beneficiary has died

Stock Gifts

Transferring stock or securities to the V Foundation is a wonderful way to help fund cutting-edge cancer research. Please download and complete the Gift of Stock form, and thank you for your crucial support.

It’s easy to make gifts of stocks or securities to support the V Foundation’s fight against cancer, and it comes with significant tax advantages for you!

Gift of Stock Form (PDF)

Financial Service Products

Some donors may want to select the V Foundation as the beneficiary of certificates of deposits or accounts at a bank or financial institution. This is done through a payable-on-death provision, where the V Foundation would only receive the remaining balance of the funds upon the donor’s passing.

Donor-advised Funds

By allocating your donor-advised fund to the V Foundation, you’ll be helping to change the future of cancer research and save lives. Contact your financial advisor to learn how to set up your donor-advised fund.

Retirement Plans

If you have a retirement plan, you can select the V Foundation as a beneficiary of the remaining balance. The plan can be through your employer or your own Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or 401(k)s, 403(b)s and pension plans.

You can arrange this gift by contacting the administrator of your plan.


The V Foundation is dedicated to awarding 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. We do not collect a fee or hold a percentage from these donations to support our ongoing operations. We instead rely on a generous endowment fund to cover our operating expenses. This frees us to concentrate on funding more cancer research grants.