Community

Society
Taxpayers

Taxpayers allocating 0.5 percent

Since 2006, under an option introduced by Italian law, thousands of people have decided to support cancer research by allocating 0.5 percent of their income tax to AIRC and FIRC.

Spokespeople

Spokespeople

To share our results and invite supporters to donate and attend local events, we have a team of spokespeople, whose positions or personal stories have made them willing ambassadors of our cause. Researchers play a vital role; their work is often paralleled by the first-hand experience of cancer patients, whose stories are tangible motives in the ongoing search for a cure. We also have a long roster of celebrities from the worlds of culture, entertainment and sports who speak on our behalf as we share our mission and achievements with the public.

Government

Government

An encouraging environment is fundamental to ensuring that the public will reap the benefits of scientific progress.Our “Giorni della Ricerca” (Research Days) are the best example of the support we receive from the Italian government. On October 29, 2015, Italian President Sergio Mattarella met with selected representatives from the world of science and cancer research at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome.Performance Indicator: synergy with the Italian government and institutions.

Partners

Partners

When it comes to public involvement in our mission, we have an important ally: businesses that develop communication and social marketing campaigns in support of cancer research. The employees of our partner companies deserve special thanks as citizens and workers who support us on a daily basis with their time, money and dedication.

Media

Media

The media's role is twofold: to broadcast our mission to the general public, and to find ideas in our content for further investigation and reporting.Performance Indicator: capacity to influence society and the local community. In the press, we are active in the major national dailies and their supplements and in more than 70 local papers. We reach a broader cross-section of the public through an extensive presence on national TV and radio and regional television stations. In 2015, online media took an even greater interest in the scientific content provided by AIRC and FIRC.

Researchers

Researchers

Cancer research has always been specialized and complex. Some scientists analyze what happens at the cellular level; others look for new drugs; and others still concentrate on improving diagnosis and treatment techniques. All of them are indispensable to the library of knowledge that will give us, step by step, the key to curing this disease. By supporting some 5,000 researchers, AIRC/FIRC is currently the largest private funder of cancer research in Italy.

Schools

Schools

AIRC and FIRC have long worked with schools, raising enthusiasm about science and cancer research through special projects and communication strategies designed for a young, hands-on public. In 2015 we continued our "AIRC in the schools" project, which provides students and teachers with an interdisciplinary approach to cancer research.

Staff

Staff

Stability, energy and openness are the keys to resource management. Our staff is so strong because the team fully believes in our mission. For years we have been working to bring procedures and methods up to the highest professional standards.

Members

Members

In 1966, one year since it was founded, AIRC had 568 members. Over the decades that number has grown exponentially, reaching 1.7 million in 2008.Performance Indicator: capacity to influence society and the local community. Joining our association means forging a bond with the world of research: a decision that is sealed in the act of joining and that over time becomes indispensable to our progress. Whoever joins AIRC will receive a membership card and the journal "Fondamentale".

Donors

Donors

Our donors are private citizens who give freely to AIRC and FIRC. Some make donations by phone during the Research Days or our annual azalea sale; others buy and give out our party favors when they celebrate life events; still others bequeath gifts to us in their wills or donate in a loved one's memory.

Volunteers

Volunteers

We are lucky to have thousands of people who so willingly volunteer their time to raise public awareness of cancer research. To volunteer is to make an active contribution to research by organizing activities, manning local events and assisting the regional committees. Volunteers build the relationships that bring in funding, and most importantly, serve as an example for the entire community.

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Our community, internal and external, consists of everyone with an interest in seeing our mission accomplished. In very different ways, each category contributes: researchers pursue goals that put ethics above professional recognition, while members, donors, volunteers and partners commit to supporting their work.

Then there are schools, the media, spokespeople and institutions. As a whole, the community forms a virtuous cycle that puts scientific progress at the service of society, through better diagnoses, less invasive treatments, and more abundant information encouraging lifestyles that can help prevent illness.