The mission of the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation is to improve the quality of life and increase the life expectancy of people diagnosed with brain tumors. We fund promising research on brain cancer in order to develop diagnostics and treatments that lead to long-term survival and a high quality of life for these patients.


The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation holds a strong set of values that clearly guides all funding decisions in order to fulfill our mission of helping patients with brain tumors.

  • Innovation

We believe that creative and open-minded thinking will contribute to finding a cure for brain tumors.

  • Efficiency

We support the effective use of resources with an emphasis on avoiding duplication.

  • Transparency

We consider the open sharing of all research results, not only “successes,” as the best way to advance the field.

  • Accountability

We expect detailed communication about the use of funds and believe that research can demonstrate progress through careful and hands-on monitoring of measurable goals.

  • Excellence

We seek out projects that are exceptionally developed with the purpose of serving patients and advancing brain cancer treatment.

  • Collaboration

We reach across disciplines and institutions as a way of including many different and varied perspectives and increasing synergistic efforts.

  • Integrity

We uphold the highest standards and expect our grant recipients to do the same.

  • Flexibility

We look for ways to respond quickly and to utilize information as an opportunity to learn.

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