Stand Up To Cancer - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

About SU2C

What is the goal of Stand Up To Cancer?

Stand Up To Cancer raises funds for research done by outstanding scientists working in teams and overseen by key leaders in the field. The goal is to get new treatments to patients quickly; we are saving lives now. SU2C draws on the resources of the entertainment community to encourage everyone, from the general public to major corporations, to support this effective work, which has already contributed to five new drug approvals from the FDA and supported more than 180 clinical trials to study potential new treatments and drug combinations.

We believe that humanity stands at a tipping point in the struggle against cancer. Scientists have learned so much about the basic nature of the disease, right down to the molecular level, and many are now making breakthroughs and achieving real advances in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Life-saving discoveries are within our grasp, unfolding at research centers across the country and around the world. What scientists need is the support and funding necessary to translate those discoveries into more effective treatments.

What is a Dream Team?

Stand Up To Cancer’s signature “Dream Teams” pursue translational cancer research projects that address critical challenges in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative team of expert investigators and patient advocates. These teams, selected and guided by leaders in the field, take innovative ideas from concept to laboratory to patient, testing ideas that have the potential to revolutionize cancer care and open whole new fields of investigation.

Projects may focus on particular organ sites, molecular pathways of cancer, patient populations, or innovative approaches to research. They are designed to accelerate the application of new preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic approaches in the clinic that lead to patient involvement within the first two to three years of the grant funding period.

Dream Team members span many disciplines and utilize the new tools of modern biology to attack research questions in a coordinated way with a focus on measurable milestones of progress. SU2C employs a variety of mechanisms to foster collaborations within and among the Dream Teams and to promote the sharing of information. The large, competitive Dream Team grants typically provide between $6 million and $22 million per team over three or four years and are accompanied by rigorous scientific oversight to provide additional insight and to ensure compliance with grant proposals and established benchmarks.

In 2009, SU2C launched five Dream Teams as its first projects. Since then, a total of 24 Dream Teams have been selected. Many of these are co-branded with one or more nonprofit collaborators, and two of the teams are branded more specifically as Cancer Interception Teams because of their focus on using emerging discoveries for the earliest possible treatment of cancer.

For information about SU2C’s research, including Dream Teams, visit StandUpToCancer.org/research.

What is a SU2C Research Team?

Stand Up To Cancer Research Grants fund cancer research projects that address critical problems in patient care and deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by small, collaborative teams of expert investigators. These teams conduct proof-of-principle projects and spearhead work in new fields.

These translational research projects are tightly focused on a particular question or questions involving organ sites, molecular pathways of cancer, patient populations, or innovative methods of treatment. Projects must be designed to accelerate the application of new preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic approaches in the clinic that lead to patient involvement within the first two to three years of the grant funding period.

Research Team members span multiple disciplines and utilize the new tools of modern biology to attack research questions in a coordinated way. The competitively awarded grants provide up to $5 million over three or four years and are accompanied by rigorous scientific oversight to ensure compliance with grant proposals and established benchmarks.

Since 2013, 17 SU2C Research Teams have been funded with the generous support of collaborators, with 6 teams focused on a variety of cancer topics and 11 operating as Convergence Research Teams.

For information about SU2C’s research, visit StandUpToCancer.org/research.

What is a SU2C Convergence Team?

SU2C Convergence Teams bring together disparate disciplines to work together on very high-risk, blue-sky projects that have the potential to transform approaches to solving cancer.

Convergence projects are awarded in cohorts, each with a common theme, providing additional opportunity for collaboration. The first cohort is made up of four teams of biologists, oncologists, physicists, and engineers, each taking a different approach to modeling how cancer interacts with the body and evolves as it is treated, in order to dramatically change how we approach cancer treatment. The second cohort is made up of seven teams of biologists, oncologists, and computer scientists using artificial intelligence approaches to try to understand how the immune system interacts with cancer.

The competitively awarded grants provide up to $6 million over three years and are accompanied by rigorous scientific oversight to ensure compliance with grant proposals and established benchmarks.

In addition to the funded research projects, support is offered to train a new generation of Convergence Scholars through a program that offers mentorship and career development opportunities for junior scientists on Convergence Teams. For information about SU2C’s research teams, including Convergence Research Teams, visit StandUpToCancer.org/research.

What is SU2C Catalyst™?

SU2C Catalyst uses funding and materials from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, and medical device industries to rapidly explore new uses of potential compounds for cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. Catalyst was launched in 2016 with support from Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Genentech. This funding brings together academic innovation and translational science, exciting compounds from industry, and active SU2C management to speed multi-company and multi-institution projects. The grants provide funding of between $1 million and $3 million over three years. The funds are for collaborative “signal finding” clinical trials with strong translational research potential. Requests for Proposals are open to U.S. and Canadian academic investigators. Multi-investigator, multi-institutional projects are required. For information about SU2C Catalyst projects, visit StandUpToCancer.org/Catalyst.

What is an Innovative Research Grant?

Innovative Research Grants (IRGs) support cutting- edge cancer research that would be deemed too high-risk to receive funding through traditional channels. These $750,000 awards provide significant funding to early-career scientists with novel ideas that have a strong potential to impact patient care. To date, 46 awards have been made in four classes (2009, 2011, 2016, 2017). A complete list of Innovative Research Grant recipients is included in the regularly updated document “SU2C Grants and Awards History.” To learn more about SU2C research, visit, StandUpToCancer.org/research/research-portfolio.

Who created Stand Up To Cancer?

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) was created by a group of nine women in the entertainment and news community whose lives have all been affected by cancer in profound ways. In the fall of 2007, they began working together to utilize these communities’ resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, to increase awareness about cancer prevention, and to highlight progress being made in the fight against the disease. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Please visit StandUpToCancer.org/who-we-are/leadership to learn more about the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors.

Donation

How will donations to Stand Up To Cancer be used?

100% of public donations received by SU2C support Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs. To learn more about where the money goes please go here.

Is my donation to Stand Up To Cancer tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and you will be given a receipt for U.S. tax purposes.

What is the Stand Up To Cancer Federal Tax ID number?

Stand Up To Cancer is a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The EIF Federal Tax ID number is 95-1644609.

How much of my donation goes to the cause?

100% of donations received from the public support Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs.

What will appear on my credit card statement?

When you make a donation by credit card, a charge to “Stand Up To Cancer” will appear on your credit card billing statement.

I donated but did not get a tax receipt. What do I do?

Email receipts are sent out within 10 days of donating. If it has been longer than that and you still have not received an email, please contact Donor Services at donorsupport@su2c.org or by calling 1-800-204-5809.

If you did not provide an email address, your receipt will be sent via USPS regular mail. This can take several weeks. If it has been longer than 4-6 weeks since you donated, please contact Donor Services at donorsupport@su2c.org or by calling 1-800-204-5809.

I have a question about my donation, who do I contact?

If you have a question about your donation, please contact Donor Services at donorsupport@su2c.org or by calling 1-800-204-5809

Our regular Donor Service hours are:
Mon-Thurs: 8am-6pm PT
Fri: 8am-5pm PT
Sat-Sun: 8am-2pm PT

I don’t have a credit card. Can I donate by check or money order?

Yes, we accept checks and money orders. Please make your check or money order payable to SU2C and send it to:

Stand Up To Cancer
P.O. Box 843721
Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721

Can I mail in a cash donation?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash donations. If you would like to mail in cash, please convert to a cashier’s check and mail to the below address. Be sure to include your personal information with the cashier’s check so we may accurately generate a tax receipt.

Stand Up To Cancer
P.O. Box 843721
Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721

Can I make a recurring credit card donation?

Yes, you can choose to make your donation recurring by checking the ‘Yes, make this donation a monthly gift’ box during an online credit card donation. You can also contact our Donor Services at donorsupport@su2c.org or call 1-800-204-5809.

How do I cancel my recurring credit card donation?

To cancel your recurring credit card donation please contact Donor Services at donorsupport@su2c.org or call 1-800-204-5809.

Can I donate through my mobile phone?

Yes, U.S. residents can donate through their mobile phone by texting STAND to the number 40202 to give $10. When prompted, reply to complete your one-time $10 donation to EIF-Stand Up To Cancer. Charges $10 will appear in your wireless bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 40202 to STOP. Text HELP to 40202 for HELP. Full terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: mGive.org/P.

I have a question about my mobile donation. Who do I contact?

If you have a question about your mobile donation, please contact The mGive Foundation at 1-888-849-8863 or care@mgive.org.

How do I find out if my employer offers employee matching contributions for Stand Up To Cancer?

Many companies encourage employees to support nonprofit initiatives like Stand Up To Cancer by offering to match employee donations. If your company has such a program, you should be able to obtain a matching gift application form from the human resources or personnel department or from your company’s website for you to download. Please fill out the form and mail or email it to us at:

For forms sent via mail, please send to:

Stand Up To Cancer
Attn: Matching Gifts
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90024

For forms sent via email, please use the following address:
matchinggifts@standup2cancer.org.

How secure is my credit card information?

Industry standard security measures are used to keep your billing and credit card information secure and private. Please review the Stand Up To Cancer Privacy Policy.

What hours are your Donor Services representatives available?

Our regular Donor Services hours are Monday – Thursday from 8am-6pm PT, Friday from 8am-5pm PT and Saturday and Sunday from 8am-2pm PT.

How do I send a tribute in honor or memory of a loved one?

The email confirming your donation will include a link to a website where you can create a Stand Up To Cancer tribute card in honor of a friend or loved one. On that site, you can customize the card with a name and personal message and will have the option to download or mail it to the honoree. Please allow 2-3 weeks for mailed tributes to reach your honoree.

Tribute edits and/or questions.

Please contact our Donor Services team at donorsupport@su2c.org or call 1-800-204-5809 for any tribute questions or issues.

Get Involved

How do I get involved?

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) appreciates your message and shares your enthusiasm in hoping to make a significant impact on the disease. You can extend your support to the campaign right now by visiting StandUpToCancer.org/take-action to find ways to get involved.

How do I create an online “I Stand Up For” placard?

You can create an online placard or download the placard image by visiting StandUpToCancer.org/IStandUpFor

Community Fundraising

About / Getting Started

What is a Stand Up To Cancer community fundraiser? How do I get started?

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) community fundraisers are fun and creative ways for supporters to raise money in support of SU2C’s collaborative cancer research programs. You can choose to host your own event or fundraise online.

We encourage you to be as creative as possible and to create a unique and personal fundraiser that shows how you, your school, your business or your entire community are standing up to cancer.

Get started by visiting StandUpToCancer.org/Fundraise.

Am I required to have a CrowdRise page in order to fundraiser for Stand Up To Cancer?

We strongly encourage supporters to fundraise through CrowdRise. They provide easy to use personalized fundraising pages and tools to help you raise 3x more in donations, track donors and their donations and reach out to supporters with a couple clicks.

How does my community fundraiser benefit Stand Up To Cancer?

Funds raised through your fundraiser support Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs. Our unique research models are expertly designed to initiate collaboration, accelerate the pace of cancer research, and clear the way for high-impact breakthroughs.

What platform is my fundraising page located on?

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) uses the fundraising platform CrowdRise to help its supporters make easy to use, personalized fundraising pages where the funds raised go directly to SU2C.

Why CrowdRise?

CrowdRise is committed to supporting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and its dedicated community of fundraisers with powerful and easy to use tools. They share our passion in providing a platform for communities to unite for a cause they care most about.

Can other people raise money for my fundraiser?

Yes! You can invite others to join your team. Just share your fundraising page link and ask them to click the “join the team” link.

Are there any restrictions to the activities permitted at fundraisers benefitting Stand Up To Cancer?

We hope that you will be as creative as possible in helping us raise awareness and funds to support Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) collaborative cancer research programs; however, we do not permit fundraisers benefiting SU2C to include lotteries, gambling, raffles or drawings as part of their fundraising activities. Additionally, we do not allow for SU2C merchandise to be resold for fundraising purposes.

Are auctions benefitting Stand Up To Cancer allowed?

Auctions are not permitted at Third Party Events without Stand Up To Cancer’s prior written approval.

Host Your Own Event

Where do I start if I want to organize a fundraising event in support of Stand Up To Cancer?

Please visit www.crowdrise.com/HostYourOwn-SU2C to start fundraising for your event.

I have a great idea for an event! How soon do I need to contact Stand Up To Cancer prior to the event?

Please visit www.crowdrise.com/HostYourOwn-SU2C to set up your Host Your Own event fundraising page at least 30 days prior to the event. Once your page is live, someone from Stand Up To Cancer will contact you with any questions regarding your event details.

Can Stand Up To Cancer arrange for a celebrity, scientist or representative from the charity to participate in my event?

We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support of our Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) fundraisers hosting events all over the country. Unfortunately, due to the volume of these events, we cannot arrange for celebrities, scientists or representatives to participate in fundraising events.

Can Stand Up To Cancer help with funding, planning or executing my event?

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to assist with funding, planning or executing your event. However, we created a Fundraising Toolkit that has ideas and suggestions to help you plan your event and make it your own.

Online Fundraiser

Where do I start if I want to start an online fundraiser in support of Stand Up To Cancer?

Please visit www.crowdrise.com/FundraiseOnline-SU2C to start fundraising.

I would like to set up a page in memory or honor of a loved one, where do I start?

Fundraising in memory or in honor of a loved one is a thoughtful way to remember or support someone who has been touched by cancer. To start a page go here. Your page will go live immediately, and you can begin sharing the page with friends and family.

Donations

How much of the money raised through my fundraiser on CrowdRise goes towards Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs?

100% of the donations Stand Up To Cancer receives through CrowdRise fundraising events support its collaborative cancer research programs. However, CrowdRise does charge a minimal fee for each donation processed, which the donor will be given the option to cover when they make their contribution.

Can checks be applied to my fundraiser total?

Yes! Make checks payable to Stand Up To Cancer and send to the following address along with the Fundraiser Check Donation form. Once your check is received, please allow up to 15 business days for the donation to be added to your fundraising total on CrowdRise.

Stand Up To Cancer
P.O. Box 843721
Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721

What if a check is made out to me and not Stand Up To Cancer?

If a donor writes a check to you instead of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) for your fundraiser, please endorse the back of the check with your signature and add ‘Payable to SU2C.’ We will then provide a tax receipt to the account holder named on the check.

Can I accept the bulk of the donations for my event and write one check to Stand Up To Cancer?

We do not recommend this for two reasons:

1. The IRS may consider this income and you could potentially be taxed.
2. Since the check is coming from you and not directly from your donors, your donors will not receive tax receipts for their contributions.

It is best to have each donor write a check payable to Stand Up To Cancer for their desired amount, which you can then collect and mail in at one time with the Fundraiser Check Donation form. SU2C will then be able to generate tax receipts for each donor.

Can I mail in cash donations collected at my fundraiser?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash donations. However, if you receive cash donations from different donors at your fundraiser, please convert these to a cashier’s check and mail to the below address along with the Cashier Check Donation form. Be sure to include each donor’s amount donated and personal contact information (name/address) with the cashier’s check so we can provide a tax receipt to each donor.

Stand Up To Cancer
P.O. Box 843721
Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721

If a business donates goods or services to my event, will they receive a tax receipt from Stand Up To Cancer?

Unfortunately, we cannot generate a tax receipt for a business that donates goods or services to your fundraiser since the donation does not go directly to Stand Up To Cancer.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and you will be emailed a receipt for U.S. tax purposes.

What is the Stand Up To Cancer Federal Tax ID number?

Stand Up To Cancer is a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The EIF Federal Tax ID number is 95-1644609.

Contact Us

I have a fundraising question that isn’t answered here. What do I do?

For all additional questions, please contact us via email at SU2C@CrowdRise.com.

Health

Where can I get more information about a health concern or my cancer diagnosis?

If you have any concerns about your health, please contact your physician right away. If you have general questions about cancer, you can click on the For Patients tab on our website where you will find links to several resources providing a wide variety of reliable information. You can also call the American Cancer Society any time day or night at 1-800-227-2345 or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Additionally, you can find information and have your questions answered in a live chat at Cancer.gov Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. If you are looking for more information about a specific cancer or recent diagnosis, we encourage you to visit www.cancer.gov/types.

Where can I find information about clinical trials?

To Learn more about clinical trials please visit StandUpToCancer.org/ClinicalTrials.

Contact Us

I have a question that isn’t answered here. What do I do?

For all additional questions, please contact us via email at info@su2c.org.