BACKGROUND DUTCH CANCER SOCIETY

History
The Dutch Cancer Society was founded in 1949 by Queen Wilhelmina. Her granddaughter, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, is our current patron. The Society's initial funding came from the 'national gift' donated by the Dutch people to Queen Wilhelmina on the occasion of her golden jubilee in 1948. That amount was more than 2 million guilders. And the donations have been coming in ever since. Today people in the Netherlands contribute more than EUR 55 million a year to the fight against cancer.

Organisation
The Dutch Cancer Society is an organisation for people, but above all an organisation by people. Anyone can help in the battle against cancer. Each year more than 120,000 collectors call at 6 million homes on our behalf. And we have more than 1 million regular donors. Every day somebody in the Netherlands is organising an activity to raise funds for the Dutch Cancer Society. Together we can win the fight against cancer. Since cancer research is an international business the Dutch Cancer Society participates in a variety of international organisations and programmes.

Activities
The Dutch Cancer Society is the only charity in the Netherlands to address every type and aspect of this disease.
We fund cancer research, provide education and training, disseminate information, help cancer patients themselves and support patients' associations. The majority of our income, however, is spent on scientific research. That is the best way to make real progress in the fight against cancer.

International Collaboration
The Dutch Cancer Society stimulates European clinical studies through a substantial financial contribution to the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). Besides, since 2009 the Dutch Cancer Society participates in the International Cancer Research Partnership(ICRP). This partnership is a unique alliance of cancer organizations collaborating in order to leverage their resources and maximise the benefits of the worldwide expansion in cancer research. Furthermore in the Dutch Cancer Society Development programme we collaborate with academic research groups in Indonesia.

Cancer prevention
We put much effort into informing people how to reduce their risk of getting cancer. Mass-media campaigns are used to promote a healthy lifestyle. Important themes include encouraging people to stop smoking and warning sunbathers of the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

Patient support
The Dutch Cancer Society is a powerful advocate of the best possible support for cancer patients and their loved ones. The Dutch Cancer Society is the principle source of income for 24 associations of cancer patients in the Netherlands and for their national federation.

Fundraising
The Dutch Cancer Society is an independent charity, supported by voluntary donations. We receive no government funding. Besides our annual collection we also raise funds through direct mail shots, bequests and our own lottery. Major donors have the opportunity to allocate their money to specific research and education programmes.

Source: KWF Kankerbestrijding