Ways to Give


Donate by clicking here.


Angel Fund:  This fund will be used to provide direct cash assistance to individuals with cancer in our community who have a specific and immediate financial need.


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By Mail

Fill out this donation form, and send a check along with it and we’ll process your donation immediately.

In person

Stop by anytime, Tuesday – Friday from 9-5pm.

By Phone

Call our office at 607-277-0960 to make a safe & secure credit card donation over the phone.

More Options:

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Is the Cancer Resource Center affiliated with national organizations?

No, the Cancer Resource Center is not affiliated with any national cancer organizations. We are a local non-profit serving individuals in and around Tompkins County.  We are proud that all donations to the Cancer Resource Center remain here in our community.  We are pleased to be the recipient of grants from Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in support of our work relating to breast cancer, but we do not receive funding from the American Cancer Society or other national groups.  We therefore rely heavily on private donations from individuals in our community.


How will my donation be used?

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes has a number of services in support of our Mission. 100% of your gift remains in this community and will be used to support staff and volunteers in their work to support families facing cancer.


My group would like to hold a fundraiser for the Center. Where do I start?

We are thrilled you are interested in supporting the center!  We rely heavily on the donations of folks like you and your group.  Call the Executive Director at 607-277-0960 or at info@crcfl.net to discuss your event well in advance, and go to Guidelines for Raising Money for the Center for more info.


How do I donate wigs, hats, scarves or other goods?

If you would like to donate items for our free boutique (or other in-kind materials) call the center at 607-277-0960 to speak to staff about your gift and to make arrangements for drop off.


Can I give stock as a donation?

Yes. The Cancer Resource Center accepts donations of stock. To make a donation of stock to the Center please contact the Executive Director at 607-277-0960.


Who do I speak to about putting the Cancer Resource Center in my will?

If you think you would like to remember the Center in your estate planning, please call the Executive Director (607-277-0960) as well as speaking to your attorney or financial planner.


Where should I mail donation checks?

All donations can be mailed to CRC, 612 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


Who should donation checks be made out to?

Please make all checks payable to: CRC or the Cancer Resource Center.


How is a notification made to the family for a donation that was made in honor/memory of someone?

If your donation was made in honor or in memory of someone, and you wish us to send an acknowledgment to the family, be sure to include the names and addresses of the family member(s).


Are donations tax deductible?

All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Do all donations receive a receipt?

Any donor who makes a donation and has provided their address will receive a receipt once the donation has been processed.

Thank you for your interest in raising money for the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes!

Whether you plan to hold a bake sale, school event, auction, or any type of fundraising event for us, know that we appreciate your support. We literally couldn’t continue our work without people like you!

In order to prevent any misunderstandings, we would like to clarify our guidelines and expectations. Listed below are some general guidelines that will be helpful when planning an event.

What CRCFL Can Do

• Provide information about our organization and cancer in general.
• Help promote the event on our website, E-News, and Facebook page.
• Provide our logo for you to use for advertising.
• Suggest ways to help you market your event.
• Provide a solicitation letter template (including a link for on-line donations) that you can customize and use for seeking contributions by mail or e-mail.
• Accept credit card donations.
• Send acknowledgment letters to donors (provided you give us with their contact information).
• When possible, create a webpage for the event so that attendees can donate and/or register online.
• If scheduling permits, provide a representative to talk about our organization, accept a check, etc.

What CRCFL Cannot Do

• Invest money or financially contribute in any way.
• Provide staff to organize or implement your event.
• Market the event beyond what is specified above.
• Endorse any products or services.

Our Expectations

• A signed letter of agreement is required before you can advertise the event as a fundraiser for the Cancer Resource Center or use our logo.
• If you’re a business donating “proceeds of sales” to the Cancer Resource Center, you must specify the dates (e.g., all sales during October of 2015), and the amount of the donation (e.g., 5% of all purchases). We are required to report this information to the State of New York.
• The donation should be given to CRCFL within 30 days of the event. Please deduct any costs incurred prior to delivering the proceeds to us.

Click here for a printable version of these guidelines and the letter of agreement.

Please contact our office at 277-0960 for information and assistance. We’d love to talk with you!

Learn more about our annual fundraising event on the Annual Walkathon and 5K Run page >

Planned Giving, Securities and Retirement Donations


Planned Giving

With your long-term planning, a gift can combine your wish to support the Cancer Resource Center with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. Your planned gift gives you a special connection with us now and into the future. You will need CRC’s tax ID for planned gifts 16-1453042.

Gifts of Securities

Other than cash, securities (e.g. stock shares, mutual fund shares, bonds) are the most popular asset for funding charitable gifts to the Cancer Resource Center. Publicly traded securities are usually very marketable, have a clear value, and are easily transferred.

Here is some sample wording. An attorney or estate planner can draft the language specific for your wishes if needed.

To give a specific dollar amount:

I give to Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, currently located at 612 West State St., Ithaca, New York, the sum of $_____ for its general charitable purposes.

To give a percentage of your estate:

I give to Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, currently located at 612 West State St., Ithaca, New York, ___% of my Residuary Estate for its general charitable purposes.

To give specific property or assets:

I give to Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, currently located at 612 West State St., Ithaca, New York, (List specific assets to be given, such as “my real property located at ________,” or “my shares of XYZ stock,” or “the balance of my back account at XYZ Bank,” etc.)  for its general charitable purposes.

For more information, contact 277-0960 or info@crcfl.net.

For Retirees  –  Avoid Taxes on a Required Minimum Distribution with a Charitable Donation:

Do you still have money to spend to meet your Required Minimum Distribution? (the IRS required amount that must be taken from one’s IRA annually to avoid 50% tax penalty).

Consider supporting CRC before the end of the year to reduce taxes with a charitable donation.  Traditional IRA owners 70½ or older can give up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to charity every year. The qualified charitable distribution amount can count toward your required minimum distribution. At the same time, the money is prevented from becoming taxable income and also helps reduce the amount of Social Security retirement benefits that are deemed taxable, too.

Click here for some information from Kiplinger magazine that describes the charitable contribution move for retirees.

Donations to the Angel Fund

(checks made out to “CRC”) can be mailed to:

Cancer Resource Center
612 West State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Donations can also be made online.

This fund will be used to provide direct cash assistance to individuals
with cancer in our community who have a specific and immediate financial need.

Created in Memory of Miguel Ángel Balsa Marín

The Angel Fund was created in memory of Miguel Balsa, who died from colon cancer on Christmas Day of 2013. The purpose of the Angel Fund is to provide some financial assistance to clients with an urgent or immediate need.


Miguel was a beloved young man, scholar, and teacher who had been involved with the Cancer Resource Center for some time, and he possessed a special kindness that allowed him to connect with others going through treatment. When we realized that Miguel’s middle name was Ángel, we knew that the Angel Fund was meant to be. Miguel was a very sharp, talented, and affectionate man. He possessed an indomitable spirit, an endearing sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and a warm and deeply generous disposition. He loved life and was so gifted with the capacity to empathize with and care for others that he touched many lives.

Special thanks to Leigh Dezelan for designing this logo!

At the Cancer Resource Center, we often hear about how clients are struggling with difficult circumstances and situations.  We realize that a small amount of money can make a significant difference to someone affected by cancer, and we try to provide some help when there are no other resources available.  We appreciate all the angels that have made donations to the Angel Fund, which makes this type of assistance possible.  Here’s what Stephanie Ganor had to say after receiving assistance from the fund: “Finding out I had cancer was devastating. Then came the bills for treatment, prescriptions, and all miscellaneous things related. I became overwhelmed financially. When I received a check in the mail from the Cancer Resource Center I was so thankful to have their assistance.” For Deb Danko, the fund “changed the situation to doable when it was not. A car repair to get to chemo appointments, a medication needed on a late Friday night for pain, or a gas card to get to Roswell for transplant. I reached out to the Angel Fund, appropriately named, and have been able to grant help as well as hope because it is more than monetary funding—it is human kindness!”


Since its inception, the Angel Fund has received over 80 donations. Some families have chosen to donate to the fund to honor the memory of their loved ones. The Angel Fund will continue to provide this special relief to our clients in need.

Will you consider being one of our angels and donate today?

Miguel is wearing an orange sweater in the photo above



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