About the Foundation

Established in 1991, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Since its inception, nearly $400 million has been contributed to benefit Roswell Park's research, education and patient care programs.


To maximize dollars available for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s most promising lifesaving research, treatment and prevention programs, while supporting the psychosocial needs of patients and families touched by cancer. Fundraising events and initiatives are carried out through a partnership between committed Roswell Park Alliance volunteers and Foundation staff.

Priority Funding Areas

  • Scientific research seed funding for projects showing the greatest potential to save lives
  • State-of-the-art medical/scientific technology and shared resources
  • Capital support for Institute-wide building, clinic and center growth
  • Quality-of-life programs benefiting patients and families

Deciding How Donor Dollars Are Spent

  • Roswell Park’s Scientific Advisory Committee — comprising clinicians, scientists and administrative managers — meets twice annually to award grants through a competitive application and review process.
  • Quality-of-life grants are determined by a committee made up of those closest to Roswell’s patients – nurses, physicians and representatives from other patient care and support areas.

Philanthropic Excellence 

The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation ensures that every donation is put to the best possible use, and has been recognized numerous times for those efforts:

  • Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has given the Alliance Foundation a four-star rating — the highest possible — for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. “This exceptional designation differentiates the Alliance Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public that it is worthy of their trust,” said Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator and CEO.
  • The Alliance Foundation was the inaugural winner of the Better Business Bureau Foundation’s Torch Award for Philanthropic Excellence. The award commends the Alliance Foundation for its excellence in five key areas — its commitment to mission, management practices, donor relations, awareness and reputation. 

To Contact Us

Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
Phone: 716-845-4444 / Fax: 716-845-1478
or email: giving@roswellpark.org

View Our Financial Statements

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Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Trustees

Gwen Arcara

Scott Bieler, Vice Chair
Nancy Bouldon
Larry Castellani
Russell D'Alba
Ross Eckert
Eric Feldstein
Michael Gacioch
William Gacioch

Melissa Garman Baumgart, Treasurer 

Dan Gernatt
Anne D. Gioia, Secretary
Donna M. Gioia

Phil Hubbell
William Inman
Pamela R. Jacobs

Michael Lawley
Patrick P. Lee

Judith Lipsey
Patrick Marrano

Jim Newman, Chair
Bruce Popko
Christine Standish
Lee C. Wortham, Chair Emeritus

Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Staff

Development Administration

Cindy Eller, Vice President for Development & Executive Director

Tammy Lightcap, Senior Director of Finance & Operations

Kimberly David, Executive Assistant

Michelle Ostrander, Director, Development Marketing & Communications

Special Events & Corporate Partnership

Jennifer Hickok, Director of Corporate Partnerships and Board Relations

Bryan Sidorowicz, Director of Event Logistics

Andrea Gregory, Director of Special Event Fundraising

Major Gifts & Hospitality

Kim Guido, Director of Individual Gifts and Donor Stewardship

Betsy Ferguson, Planned Giving Manager

Tracy Brunton, Major Gifts Officer

Jenine Trzewieczynski, Major Gifts Officer

Volunteer Service

Chris Wesley, Director of Volunteer Services