Who are the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation?
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre undertake cancer research, education and treatment. They have a public hospital in Melbourne solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation are a public trust whose sole purpose is to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Why do they exist?
They describe that cancer is “a leading cause of disease burden in Victoria, with 29 cancer related deaths every day. In 2014, 10,744 people died from the disease in [Victoria]. By 2025-2029 it is estimated that each year, over 41,000 Victorian’s will be diagnosed with cancer.”
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre aim to “lead the way in providing the very best in care for people with cancer, while working collaboratively to reduce the individual, social and economic impact cancer has on our community.”
What are they doing about it?
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre primarily undertake work in the following areas.
- Cancer diagnosis and treatment: multidisciplinary teams are organised into various cancer streams, which cover different areas of the body and cancer types. These teams, consisting of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who are specialists in a tumour type, develop comprehensive and coordinated treatment plans that meet patient needs.
- Cancer research: more than 35 laboratories and 580 laboratory-based researchers, clinician-researchers, research nurses, allied health professionals and support staff are involved in basic, pre-clinical and translational research, clinical trials and research to improve the social, emotional and physical impacts of cancer on patients, their families and their carers.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre also undertake work in cancer prevention and wellbeing and are developing new business models and commercial ventures.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Peter Mac?
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They are clear about how they are run, by whom they are run and how they spend their money.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre show they are likely to be effective. They are clear about their strategy and how it will be monitored and they systematically evaluate the success of the delivery of this strategy. Notably, they report actual results against strategic targets and actively seek out feedback that helps them further improve service delivery. Finally, they show how their work is integrated with, and contributes to, the broader sector of work related to cancer treatment and research.
However, we need to see more from both the foundation and the centre to have complete confidence in them. There is ambiguity over how Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation remunerate directors and how they manage conflicts of interest. In addition, while Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre clearly present their results, it is not clear how this data is collected. In order to have confidence in the results, we need to see complete reports, including the data collection methodology.
After assessing both their strengths and weaknesses, our overall recommendation for Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation is neutral. They demonstrate they are generally trustworthy and generally effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence. In order to improve our recommendation, we need to see:
- clarity over if/how the board is remunerated and how they manage conflicts of interest;
- further detail on where donations are directed within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; and
- evaluations from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre that provide detail on how reported results are collected.
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We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.