What is AIRC? What are its purposes and
What does AIRC do?
How does AIRC choose which projects to fund and
select recipients for study grants?
How can I learn more about AIRC's national and
How can I see AIRC's financial statements and
allocation of funds?
What should I do to include AIRC in my
I have been receiving more than one copy of
"Fondamentale". What should I do?
My address has changed; what's the best way to
I recently made a donation to AIRC, but I have yet
to receive a reply. What should I do?
What will I receive in return for a donation to
What are the implications of the different
Does AIRC do door-to-door fundraising?
Volunteering and lending a hand
When AIRC puts on major events (e.g. orange and
azalea sales in public squares), I see dozens of people helping
out. Are they paid for this?
I have free time that I would like to volunteer.
How can I lend a hand?
I have an idea that could raise money for AIRC.
What should I do?
Can AIRC provide information on treatment
Can AIRC answer queries asking for medical
opinions or information on diagnoses and treatments?
What is AIRC? What are its
purposes and aims?
AIRC is a non-profit association that raises funds for cancer
research in Italy and spreads knowledge and information, especially
among its associates, about the status and progress of
What does AIRC
AIRC raises funds and gives out grants for cancer research, and
keeps the public up to date on the latest news in this field.
Fundraising takes place in two forms: 50% through national and
local events designed for the general public and the business
community, and 50% through letters requesting support.
How does AIRC choose which
projects to fund and select recipients for study
AIRC has implemented a peer review process that ensures a fair,
independent and expert evaluation of the scientific quality of all
grant applications. For the evaluation of all applications AIRC
relies on the expertise of well established foreign investigators
("AIRC preferred reviewers") and internationally recognized Italian
scientists who are part of the AIRC Scientific Committee (CTS).
Members of the CTS serve for three years, and can extend their
appointment up to three additional years. In all, over 600
scientists work to review about 800 proposals each year. Each grant
application, written in accordance with precise and exacting
documentation, is assigned to at least three reviewers. Only the
most scientifically meritorious applications, identified through
the peer review process in a rigorous and objective manner, are
How can I learn more about
AIRC's national and local events?
To learn about AIRC's national initiatives and those organized by
our Regional Committees, please visit our Events.
For more information on local events, please see the Regional Committees page for contact
How can I see AIRC's financial
statements and allocation of funds?
Each year AIRC publishes its financial statements,
which are audited by a leading accounting firm. The financial
statements are published in full on this website and in our
bulletin "Fondamentale." Some of Italy's national papers publish an
excerpt. The allocation of funds is also published in
"Fondamentale," where we print the names of all applicants who
receive a grant for research or study.
What should I do to include
AIRC in my will?
To comply with the Italian Civil Code, legacies and bequests for
cancer research are best left to our sister organization FIRC (Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul
Cancro, Via Corridoni 7, Milan), which has been an officially
recognized non-profit since 1980. FIRC was set up for just this
purpose: to receive bequests and fund long-term cancer
I have been receiving more than
one copy of "Fondamentale". What should I do?
Please let us know by calling 800 350 350.
My address has changed; what's
the best way to inform AIRC?
Please call 800 350 350 to report your change of
I recently made a donation to
AIRC, but I have yet to receive a reply. What should I
Contributions paid through the post office or banks take a little
while to reach us-normally about two or three weeks. It then takes
some time to record your gift and send you a thank-you note. If you
don't hear from us within two months of making your donation,
please call 800 350 350.
What will I receive in return
for a donation to AIRC?
With a minimum donation of €10.00 you will become a member of AIRC
and will receive a year's subscription to "Fondamentale", our bulletin with the latest
news on research, prevention and treatments and on all of AIRC's
activities and events. You will also receive a membership card good
for one year.
What are the implications of
the different membership fees?
There are no special privileges for members in the various
categories. We make this distinction for organizational purposes
Does AIRC do door-to-door
No. We do not send people door-to-door to request donations.
Anyone who knocks on your door and asks for money on behalf of AIRC
is a fraud. Please call the police (113) or Carabinieri (112) right
Volunteering and lending a hand
When AIRC puts on major
events (e.g. orange and azalea sales in public squares), I see
dozens of people helping out. Are they paid for
The people you see, and the many more who work behind the scenes,
volunteer their time completely free of charge. AIRC does take out
insurance for them, to cover any risks they run.
I have free time that I would
like to volunteer. How can I lend a hand?
AIRC has set up a Regional
Committee in every Italian region. Numerous volunteers
work with our offices or help with locally organized events. Please
contact your Regional Committee or complete the AIRC Volunteers form.
I have an idea that could
raise money for AIRC. What should I do?
First of all, please note that AIRC cannot engage directly in any
form of commerce. If you have an idea that could help us raise
funds, please contact our Regional
Can AIRC provide information
on treatment centers?
AIRC is often asked to recommend a specific cancer treatment
center. If you would like to make such a request, please specify
your region so we can try to recommend centers that are convenient
Can AIRC answer queries
asking for medical opinions or information on diagnoses and
AIRC receives many requests for medical opinions about individual
patients or for comments on diagnoses and treatments. We realize
that requests like this are made in an attempt to ease the
suffering of a loved one, often when the situation, unfortunately,
is very serious. However, it is important to understand that
medical advice and opinions should never be given without seeing
the patient, as this can worsen rather than improve a situation
that is already so difficult.
We sincerely regret that we cannot answer this type of request. We
urge everyone, however, to see their doctor or a specialized clinic
immediately, without wasting a single day, at the first sign there
might be something wrong. Most tumors can be dealt with if they are
caught in time, but may become incurable if they are neglected or
underestimated at first.