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Friends' Programs

  • Friends' volunteers deliver gift bags
  • Friends’ Annual Funding Allocations and Special Funds

    Friends' funding is unique at Dana-Farber, as each year, the Friends allocate every dollar raised to a specific project or program at the Institute through a competitive grant process. We support promising early-stage research, young investigators, and patient care projects that might not otherwise receive funding.

    Friends' donors of $1,000 or more can designate their contributions to a specific researcher, disease, or department at Dana-Farber through a special fund in their names or in the name of a loved one. Contact the Friends' for more information.

    See the list of Annual Funding Allocations
    Special Funds Information

  • Art Program

    The Friends curate a museum-quality contemporary art collection for Dana-Farber, helping create a comforting healing environment for patients, families, and staff.

    The Friends' Corner Gift Shop

    Established by the Friends in 1977, the Friends' Corner Gift Shop offers a wide selection of gifts and everyday items to patients, families, and staff. Friends volunteer in the shop, and proceeds support Friends’ funding of research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

    Friends' Fellows

    This fellowship, awarded every year since 1976, funds gifted investigators pursuing independent pilot studies.
    See the list of Friends' Fellows since 1976

    Holiday Programs

    Each December, Friends volunteers bring cheer to the Institute. The Friends deck the halls of Dana-Farber with winter decorations, provide sweet treats in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care for patients, their families, and Dana-Farber staff, and present joyful musical performances by choruses and ensembles from local schools.

    Patient Gift Bags

    Friends deliver gift bags monthly to Dana-Farber patients. Volunteers take a few moments to speak with recipients as well as provide a small gift bag to each.

    Friends' Donations to Dana-Farber

    The Dana-Farber Chapel

    In 1990, the Friends raised more than $100,000 to design, construct, and furnish the chapel, a spiritual sanctuary for patients and family members of all denominations.

    Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, Endowed Chair

    The Friends made a lead gift to this $2.5 million endowment to establish the Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, Chair at Dana-Farber. The Benz Chair will provide a permanent fund that can be used to recruit exceptional new talent, and bolster the Institute’s clinical and research structure.

    Friends' 10

    From 1993 to 1998, this satellite group raised more than $1 million to support AIDS research and awareness.

    Friends' Place

    Established with a $1 million gift from the Friends, this welcoming space provides specialized products and services that cater to the individual needs of men, women, and teens affected by cancer.

    The Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic

    The clinic serves the growing need for cancer screening and counseling about risk factors and cancer care.

    Prostate Awareness for Research and Treatment (P.A.R.T.)

    The Friends' started this program in 1998, raising more than $1 million to endow a fellow each year to focus on a disease that affects more than 250,000 American men and their families.