What has the Prostate Cancer Foundation done for us lately?


Since its foundation in 1993, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) has become one of the world’s most important cancer research foundations, but it often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves from other members of the prostate cancer advocacy and support community.

PCF’s mission is

to accelerate the world’s most promising prostate cancer research for better treatments and cures.

and in trying to do this, since 1993, it has

  • Raised nearly $660 million
  • Provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities
  • Extended its research enterprise to 19 countries around the world
  • Advocated for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research
  • Helped to produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer

That is not a small list of accomplishments and PCF needs to be recognized and applauded for those accomplishments.

For those who are interested in knowing more specifically what new areas PCF is expecting to focus on in the near future, it is worth having a look at this brief report on the most recent Coffey-Holden Prostate Cancer Academy meeting, “Beyond Seed and Soil: Understanding and Targeting Metastatic Prostate Cancer,” that was held from June 23 to June 26, 2016, in Coronado, California. (The full report from this meeting has just been published in The Prostate.)

There is also a lot more information about PCF-funded research available if you click here.

5 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing this. How does PCF overhead stack up compared to other prostate cancer sites? The past 2 years I have turned my efforts to supporting the Movember Foundation and raised over $6,000 for them. I get concerned about how many organizations are raising money on behalf of Men’s Health or specifically Prostate Cancer. Can our wonderful Sitemaster share his views and why he supports PCF. I am open to suggestion but do not want to give money to organizations who have high overhead, high administrators salaries and low contributions to cancer care or research.

  2. Dear Bob:

    It is not so much that I “support” PCF any more than any other organization. I just thought it would be a good idea to give them a quick “shout out”.

    If you want to find out about the efficiency of PCF, here is a link to information about them on the Charity Navigator web site.

    Charity Navigator does not yet rank Movember because it requires 7 years of relevant data before it starts to rank any charity.

    I would just point out that Movember does not, itself, coordinate research. It simply donates to other organizations that do coordinate research, and Movember gives a lot of money each year to PCF, so presumably Movember thinks PCF is doing a good job.

  3. Thanks for your response. I took your lead and went to the Charity Navigator site. Their numbers are pretty good but they pay their CEO, Jonathan Simon, over $1 million per year! Wow! That is way too much for a non-profit, charitable foundation CEO. It should bother everyone who is a donor.

  4. Dear Bob:

    I am not going to comment on Dr. Simon’s annual salary. That’s between him, the board of PCF, and their donors. However, you might want to check out what the CEOs of some of the major not-for-profit hospitals around the country seem to consider to be a reasonable annual salary these days.

    And in my own self-defense, my annual income of any type as the president and co-founder of Prostate Cancer International is … $0.00.

  5. We should all be giving our “SHOUT OUT” to you! Wow, I had no idea you do all this work for no compensation. I totally agree with you about CEO compensation at all levels and all kinds of organizations in health care. I was a pediatrician at Kaiser from its very start in Colorado. We were always paid fairly but never overpaid and there was great transparency in the beginning. I think even that has changed in the non-profit health care world and my daughter who is a Kaiser pediatrician would be appalled if she knew what the CEO makes locally. I am old and irrelevant but I do favor a single-payer healthcare system since I think the present US system is corrupted by the money. We have an expensive and broken system with many perverse incentives.

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