VCU Massey Cancer Center


Cancer Research Innovation Fund established in director’s honor

The Cancer Research Innovation Fund was announced on November 2 at a reception honoring Massey donors and supporters.

A new Cancer Research Innovation Fund has been established in honor of Dr. Gordon D. Ginder’s 20th anniversary as director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. The new fund, which will be dedicated to supporting research priorities outlined in Ginder’s Vision 2021, was announced as a surprise on November 2 at Celebrating Massey, an annual recognition reception for donors and supporters.

In its initial quiet launch, a generous lead gift of $1 million was contributed anonymously along with additional gifts, including $250,000 from the Massey Foundation. 

Earlier this year, Ginder presented Vision 2021, a strategic plan outlining priorities paramount to Massey’s ultimate goal of earning the National Cancer Institute’s highest designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Vision 2021 aims to accelerate research among the following cross-cutting themes: precision medicine, immuno-oncology; disparities and minority health research; and the roles of obesity, metabolism and inflammation in cancer.

Massey’s dedicated community of donors see the Cancer Research Innovation Fund as a fitting reflection of Ginder’s leadership and commitment to groundbreaking research.

“I cannot think of a more significant tribute to honor Gordon. His remarkable and steadfast leadership has strategically positioned Massey Cancer Center’s success year after year. This fund is a meaningful way for the community to show our gratitude, celebrate Gordon’s career and accelerate groundbreaking research,” says Mike Gracik, who leads the Massey Advisory Board’s major gifts committee.

Contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Innovation Fund in the following ways:

Gift by check
Please make check payable to VCU Massey Cancer Center and indicate Cancer Research Innovation Fund in the memo line. Mail to VCU Massey Cancer Center, Office of Development and External Relations, Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298.

Gift by phone
Please call Jasmine Davis at (804) 828-4812 to make a gift over the phone using a credit card.

Online gift
Please visit and indicate Cancer Research Innovation Fund when asked for the designation.

For more information, including questions about stock gifts, please contact Cindy Zilch, chief development officer, at (804) 828-1452 or

Written by: Julie Dillon