The Power of Participation

By Susan Payson, NETRF Chief Development Officer

Having arrived seven weeks ago as the new Chief Development Officer, I have been so inspired by the team spirit of NETRF.

From our dedicated Board of Directors to my hard-working colleagues and the tenacious researchers at work to understand the behavior of neuroendocrine tumors, each person is committed to moving the needle closer to finding improved treatments and ultimately cures for the NET patients of today and tomorrow. It certainly takes a team to sustain the ongoing mission of NETRF.

Last year, over 1,500 donors chose to give a gift to NETRF. Charitable giving is personal, powerful and truly an extension of people’s values.

NETRF has been fortunate to receive gifts from a variety of constituents:

  • Grateful patients and families
  • Family foundations
  • Bequest gifts
  • Special events

Every gift is important so we can grant the needed funds It takes to the top research initiatives around the globe. In fact, since our inception, we have directed nearly $20 million toward 58 scientific projects underway in three continents.

Our research funding is global and so are our donors. Whether from a grateful patient in Canada to a group of work colleagues honoring the memory of a loved one in London or a generous grant from a foundation in California, NETRF is able to accept gifts in many ways and efficiently allocate them where they will have the greatest impact.

Charitable giving is personal, powerful. and truly an extension of people’s values.Susan Payson

One of my goals will be to make sure that there are simple and easy ways to make a gift to NETRF no matter if it is a gift of appreciated securities, online gift, gift from a donor-advised fund or social media campaign. We receive a wide variety of donations each year. As the cost of science increases and the number of requests for competitive research grants expand so will the need for securing many more gifts to NETRF, thus broadening our circle of supporters.

In upcoming issues of our e-newsletter, we will feature some of the stories of our donors and how they choose to make their gift. I am grateful for the thousands of donors that have trusted us with their gifts over the years and look forward to getting to know as many supporters as possible. It is truly the power of participation that keeps us at the forefront of neuroendocrine research. If you are interested in learning more about ways of giving or to tell your giving story, contact