Frequently Asked Questions about the MRF

Below you will find frequently asked questions about the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF).

  1. What is the MRF?
    The Melanoma Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to funding medical research to find effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma. We strive to educate patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and advocate for the melanoma community to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. Since the organization’s founding in 1996, the MRF has grown into the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma.
  2. How can I make a donation to the MRF?
    To make a donation, please visit our donation page, or click the Donate Now link at the top of the page.
  3. If I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone, will the family be notified? 
    Yes, you will receive an acknowledgment from the MRF thanking you for your gift, and the family will receive notification that a donation to the MRF has been made in their loved one’s name. This notification will include the donor’s name and address, but not the gift amount. 
  4. How can I become a volunteer?
    Visit the Get Involved section of our website to learn more about the MRF’s initiatives and opportunities to become a volunteer. There are many chances to get involved, from advocacy work to organizing a fundraising event.
  5. How much of my donation will go directly to research and education?
    The MRF is one of the most financially responsible organizations in the country. In 2010, 41 percent of our annual budget went directly to research and 43 percent was dedicated to education and advocacy efforts. In fact, the MRF earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating from the nation’s largest and most utilized independent evaluator of charities. The MRF is the only organization devoted to melanoma in the United States to receive a 4-star rating. To learn more about the MRF’s financials, please review our Annual Report
  6. Does the MRF provide financial assistance to patients?   
    Advancing treatment options for melanoma by funding research is the MRF’s primary focus, so we are unable to offer financial assistance to patients. However, there are several organizations that do provide this service. We would be happy to make a suggestion and try to match you with the best possible resource. Please call our office at (800) 673-1290 to speak with someone who can assist you or visit our Guide for New Patients.