V Foundation

Jim Valvano was a successful basketball coach and an award-winning television commentator who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1992. In January of 1993, ESPN offered their support in establishing a foundation that would fund cancer research. Upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Award of Courage at the inaugural ESPY Awards show in March of that year, Jim announced that ESPN was creating The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The organization inspired by Jim Valvano’s courageous battle against cancer would operate with his motto:

“Don’t give up… DON’T EVER GIVE UP!”®

Although Jim Valvano lost his battle with cancer on April 28, 1993, he had already set his dream of finding a cure for cancer into motion. Today, with the help of a nationwide network of volunteers, event planners, individual donors, and corporate sponsors, The V Foundation is active in all aspects of fundraising. National and local events, annual and major gift solicitations, planned giving and cause-related marketing efforts all contribute to our cause of funding cancer research. Since 1993, The V Foundation has awarded more than $115 million in cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers have developed their laboratories and taken their science from the labs to the clinics with the help of funds raised by The V Foundation.

The V Foundation also takes great pride in its fiscal responsibility and is proud to announce that it awards 100 percent of direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Recognized for its prudent fiscal management, The V Foundation has earned another four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, placing us in the top 10% of charities nationwide.

Members of The V Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board also generously donate time, talent, resources, and energy in support of our mission. These committed individuals from the world of business, medicine, sports, and entertainment share one common goal: to defeat cancer.

Jim Valvano knew that The V Foundation could not save his life, but he hoped that “it could save my children’s lives, or someone that you love.” His dream of a cure is one shared by millions.

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NAPA VALLEY, CA, AUGUST 10, 2015 – The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered more than $10.6 million over the weekend of August 6-9 for cancer research. With an unprecedented $3 million matching grant from an anonymous donor, the total included more than $7.8 million in “fund-a-need” donations to support pediatric brain cancer research.


“There are moments in your life where you feel like everything you have done up until then leads to this one single moment,” said Julie Allegro, founder and co-chair of The V Wine Celebration. “Tonight was one of those nights. The feeling in that room – the excitement, the tears, the energy – we were all one, for a brief moment. And together, we exceeded our wildest goals and raised over $10 million, and will make a dent in finding a cure to cancer.”

This year’s V Wine Celebration gala dinner at Nickel & Nickel winery welcomed back Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski to rouse the crowd in the same way he has inspired and motivated players during his basketball coaching career. He suggested renaming The V Wine Celebration “The Winning Foundation” “because that’s what The V Foundation has done. It’s found cures. Jimmy (Valvano) was all about winning. That’s why this foundation was formed. Instead of being in his hospital room and saying, ‘I’m going to die,’ he said, ‘I’m going to win.’ “

“Everybody in this room is part of the team tonight,” he added. “Everybody will do something to help.”
The most compelling component of the auction was the fund-a-need, with more than half the guests raising their paddles to pledge donations to support research into pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of death by disease in children.

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