Siteman Advancement Office

The Siteman Advancement Office

The Siteman Cancer Center Advancement Office is here to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have on giving to Siteman. You can also give online by clicking the “Give Now” button.

When you give to Siteman Cancer Center, Missouri’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, your gift goes the distance. Proceeds to Siteman support personalized patient care, leading-edge research, education and prevention programs that make a monumental difference in the lives of our physicians, researchers, patients and their families.

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Advance Cancer Research and Essential Programs


Siteman Annual Fund

The Siteman Cancer Center annual fund makes a tremendous impact by combining the gifts of many Siteman supporters to provide resources where they are most needed. This gives Siteman’s physician-researchers the ability to respond quickly to new opportunities and realize the promise of new discoveries. The annual fund helps to sustain and advance Siteman’s mission, including:

  • Caring for thousands of patients in the St. Louis region and beyond
  • Reaching out to the community to promote prevention and early detection
  • Providing services to maintain the mental, social and spiritual well-being of patients and their families
  • Conducting groundbreaking research

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Gifts to the Siteman Cancer Center Annual Fund support the Catalyst Awards — grants to researchers who have bold but untested ideas with the potential to transform what’s possible in cancer care.

Catalyst Awards provide seed funding for scientists pursuing state-of-the-art strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. These awards, which fuel scientific work in all seven research programs at Siteman, empower investigators — often early in their careers — to take calculated risks and collect pilot data they need to ultimately receive additional funds from other grant organizations. Visionary philanthropists to the Siteman Annual Fund make this preliminary work possible and inspire bold ideas with their trust and dedication.

2023 Catalyst Award Recipients

2024 Catalyst Award Recipients


The Discovery Fund

Research grants alone cannot fully support Siteman Cancer Center’s basic and clinical research or meet all the urgent needs of our educational programs, patient care programs and infrastructure. Recruiting talented researchers, acquiring the latest research equipment and tools, and supporting new research projects are essential to Siteman’s ability to stay at the forefront of new discoveries.

Your support of the Discovery Fund allows Siteman’s physicians and researchers to recruit talented faculty, establish state-of-the-art laboratories, and provide needed resources required for projects to succeed.

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The Eliot Society

Membership in the William Greenleaf Eliot Society for the Siteman Cancer Center is extended to donors who make a gift of $1,000 or more to support our highest priority needs: the Discovery Fund and Siteman Annual Fund. Eliot Society members enjoy several benefits through Washington University and Siteman. For more information on the Eliot Society, please visit

For more information on the Siteman Eliot Society benefits and eligible support, contact:

Radha Kimmel
Senior Associate Director of Advancement
[email protected]

Create a Legacy

Many people who would like to make a special gift to the Siteman Cancer Center need to retain current income and may be planning for future expenses. Making a planned gift to Siteman ensures a legacy of support for advances in cancer research and patient care while allowing the donor to receive benefits back and potentially give more than they thought possible.

Planned gifts may be made with cash, appreciated securities or property. Types of planned gifts include gifts made by will, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, life insurance and bargain sales. The benefits of these options vary but include the following:

  • Regular income payments for you and/or your spouse or another beneficiary for life
  • Charitable income tax deductions
  • Gift and/or estate tax deductions or reductions
  • Reducing, postponing or relieving capital gains tax

If you would like more information about how to include Siteman in your will or on the other opportunities available through planned giving, please contact:

Russ Austin
Associate Vice Chancellor and Director
Office of Planned Giving
Office: 314-935-5203
[email protected]

Click to read: $525,000 donation will support cancer research

Honor a Loved One

Making a tribute gift to the Siteman Cancer Center is a thoughtful way to honor or remember someone special. Consider making a gift today to:

  • Memorialize a loved one
  • Commemorate someone’s legacy
  • Honor a physician, nurse, or staff member
  • Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or other special achievement

If you would like to us to notify someone that you have made a tribute gift, please provide their name and contact information with your gift. The amount of your gift will remain confidential.

Make a tribute gift today

Memoriam Language for Use in Obituaries

If you have lost a loved one and wish to encourage memorial contributions to Siteman, you may include specific wording in the obituary notice:

“The family requests contributions be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, MSC 1082-414-2555, 1 Brookings Drive., St. Louis, MO 63130 or online at Please indicate the gift is in memory of [name] by writing a memo on your check.”

If you have questions, please contact:

Lisa Miller
Advancement Coordinator
[email protected]

Make a difference for Siteman Cancer Center – organize a community fundraising event!

You can make an impact in the fight against cancer!  Whether you have a personal connection to cancer or Siteman; want to honor or pay tribute to a family member, friend, or co-worker; or just host an event with your family and friends, each community fundraising event makes an impact in raising awareness and supporting Siteman’s mission to prevent cancer in the community and transform patient care through scientific discovery.

It’s simply amazing how much can be accomplished when you join together with your friends, family, co-workers, and others to raise funds for cancer research and patient care.

There are many types of events you can host to give back in a meaningful way including:

  • Endurance (run/walk/bike/swim) event
  • Food (bake sale/chili cook-off/BBQ) event
  • Golf tournament
  • Retail give back (percentage of product sales) event
  • School or work (penny drive/jeans day/class competition) event
  • Sporting (tournament/exercise class/fishing/boating) event
  • Trivia night
  • Tribute initiative (in honor of a family member, friend, or colleague)

Our team is just a phone call or email away and will be available to offer advice and answer your questions. We will be happy to work with you to use our experience to help make your event successful.

If you, your friends, family, business, or school would like to organize a fundraising event or initiative to benefit Siteman Cancer Center, please click here to tell us more about your event or contact:

Gretchyn E. Beys
Director of Donor Relations and Strategic Engagement
Siteman Cancer Center Advancement Office
Washington University School of Medicine
[email protected] | 314-935-5511