Cancer Foundation

The Cancer Foundation is the largest private funder of cancer research in Finland. It is a charitable foundation and has had an important influence in developing cancer research and cancer control in the country.

Through its grants, the Cancer Foundation supports cancer prevention and work to benefit cancer patients. Along with the Cancer Society of Finland, the Foundation exerts an influence on national cancer policy and wants to ensure that patients have good treatment, status and benefits.

Cancer Foundation (in Finnish)

The Cancer Society and the Cancer Foundation have a common strategy. Their boards meet jointly and they have the same Secretary General. They also have a common working committee  and finance committee.

Finance

The work of the Cancer Foundation

Support for research

The Cancer Foundation is an important funding source for cancer research. The Foundation disburses grants to cancer researchers. It also supports the work of the Finnish Cancer Registry and the Mass Screening Registry.

Grants

Support for cancer work

The Cancer Foundation supports work benefitting cancer patients and their relatives and cancer prevention. The Cancer Society’s national advice service is maintained with the support of the Cancer Foundation.

Cancer Foundation’s symposium

Each year, the Cancer Foundation arranges a symposium for experts on cancer research and cancer treatment. These national symposia bring together specialists in cancer types, cancer prevention, diagnostics, treatment, follow up and rehabilitation. The participants are mainly consultant physicians and researchers.

Action plan and annual report

Elected officials

Fundraising

A major part of the Cancer Foundation’s work concerns fundraising.

The Foundation has several channels for donations:

  • monthly donations
  • one-off donations
  • bequests
  • memorial collections
  • red-letter day collections
  • corporate donations and corporate cooperation

The best-known fundraising campaign of the Cancer Foundation is the Pink Ribbon campaign. This is organised to support Finnish breast cancer research and specialist counselling. The Pink Ribbon Campaign was held in Finland for the first time in 2003.

Pink Ribbon (in Finnish)

The Cancer Foundation carries out joint work with the Movember Foundation, based in Australia. The idea of the Movember campaign is that men grow their moustaches during November each year and collect funds for prostate and testicular cancer research.

Movember