FAQ: AIRC and its activities

Basic information

What is AIRC? What are its purposes and aims?

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 local events?

How can I see AIRC's financial statements and allocation of funds?

What should I do to include AIRC in my will?

Membership questions

I have been receiving more than one copy of "Fondamentale". What should I do?

My address has changed; what's the best way to inform AIRC?

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 AIRC?

What are the implications of the different membership fees?

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?

Scientific information

Can AIRC provide information on treatment centers?

Personal information

Can AIRC answer queries asking for medical opinions or information on diagnoses and treatments?

 

Basic information

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 research.

 

What does AIRC do?
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 grants?
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 funded.

 

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 details.

 

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 research.

 

Membership questions

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 address.

 

I recently made a donation to AIRC, but I have yet to receive a reply. What should I do?
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 only.

 

Does AIRC do door-to-door fundraising?
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 away.

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?
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 Committees.

Scientific information

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 for you.

Personal information

Can AIRC answer queries asking for medical opinions or information on diagnoses and treatments?
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.

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