Our Investment Framework

The Foundation seeks to invest in research and programs that will improve outcomes and enhance care for Alberta patients facing cancer.

We set our investment priorities based on the potential to lead to progress on our strategic goals. Clinicians, healthcare professionals, researchers, patients and families help us determine those priorities. We then “source” initiatives and programs that align with them. These will be specific investments made in transformative opportunities, foundational infrastructure, and innovations leading to improved patient outcomes due to better clinical practice and care. All of our investments are focused on achieving impact and measurable outcomes in relation to one or more of these strategic goals:

  • Detect Cancer Earlier
  • Improve Cancer Treatments
  • Improve Quality of Life for Albertans Facing Cancer
  • Reduce the Risk of Cancer

Our four strategic goals are only achievable if the Alberta Cancer Foundation successfully makes investments that improve patient outcomes and impact, aligns with the strategic goals, engages donors to generate sufficient revenue and ensures sustainability.

Our Investment Strategy

  • We mean business. The Alberta Cancer Foundation takes a business approach to philanthropy. We see our donors as investors – providing a solid return on their investment by pushing for progress and delivering results for Alberta’s cancer patients, faster.
  • We invest for impact. The Alberta Cancer Foundation invests over $20 million annually across the province in initiatives and programs that have a direct impact on Albertans facing cancer.
  • We collaborate. The Alberta Cancer Foundation understands that collaboration speeds progress. We bring together donors, patients, health-care providers and researchers to unlock solutions that alone, would be unthinkable.
Dr Michael Monument - Immunotherapy- Our Investments
Dr. Michael Monument – Immunotherapy Investment

We do not exist to raise money… we raise money as a means to an end. We invest your money, with a clear line of sight to patient outcomes. We invest donor dollars in initiatives that provide real-life returns. We measure the returns on investment in results, outcomes and impacts.

We Stand with Patients During Their Cancer Journey

Going forward, don’t think that the only measure of success is a cure for cancer. This type of research will make treatments easier for people like me and improve our chance of success. That’s all I can ask for.

- Seven-time Ironman triathlete, Colin Hacket, diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer at age 34.

My wife Jan died in February 2012. Jan was a wonderful mom, grandma, wife and a good friend to all. She would be happy with what we’re doing. I’ve already received thank you letters from people who benefited from the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program and it’s heartwarming.

- Tom Crist, donor Patient Financial Assistance Program

My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 50 and she lived with it until she was 81. When people are faced with a diagnosis, they inevitably have a lot of questions. Being able to reach out to a patient navigator just brings people peace of mind and that makes me and my family feel good.

- Keith MacPhail, Donor Patient Navigator Program

Help make life better for Albertans facing cancer