Sept. 1, 2021:

The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”) requests proposals for the creation and implementation of a development/fundraising program.

The Foundation is a philanthropic organization created to raise funds to support collaborative oncology research activities of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (the “Consortium”). The Consortium includes 15 academic cancer centers united to conduct highly translational oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of Big Ten universities (see

The Foundation anticipates a two-year contractual commitment during which the vendor will create and implement a program to raise funds to support the Consortium’s research. The vendor will contract with the Foundation to plan, coordinate, and implement the development of donors and contributions to support the Consortium by identifying a balanced mix of donor sources and solicitation programs.

The vendor must work with Consortium members (the cancer centers located at Big Ten universities) and their development officers to create efforts that do not compete with the individual development efforts of Consortium members and do not conflict with the Foundation and Consortium’s relationship with the Big Ten Conference. The vendor will report to the Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors, George Weiner, MD.

Please send proposals to Abby Proctor at with “RFP for Development Services” in the subject line.


About the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium: The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium was created in 2013 to transform the conduct of cancer research through collaborative, hypothesis-driven, highly translational oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of Big Ten universities. The goal of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium is to create a unique team-research culture to drive science rapidly from ideas to new approaches to cancer treatment. Within this innovative environment, today’s research leaders collaborate with and mentor the research leaders of tomorrow with the unified goal of improving the lives of all patients with cancer.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit