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Join the Breakthrough Alliance

Advancing Vital Research at MSK

The Breakthrough Alliance is a program for distinguished donors within the MSK Giving Community who support the Strategic Initiatives Fund. We believe cures for cancer will arise from partnerships among the world’s most advanced research institutions and the generosity of individuals. MSK’s work builds on more than 130 years of research, treatment, and investment — uniquely positioning us to make discoveries that will ultimately lead to more cures for all types of cancer.

By joining the Breakthrough Alliance, you become a member of a small but vital group of people – partners in progress, who are dedicating themselves to being on the front lines in the fight against cancer.

Thank you to our 2018 Breakthrough Alliance members. View a list of current members.


Partner $1,000-$2,499

Joining the Breakthrough Alliance begins with partnership. Partners gain special recognition and exclusive access to MSK’s leaders and their work. Member benefits:

  • Recognition in Breakthrough Alliance Report
  • Recognition in Donor Roster on MSK Giving site
  • Annual thank you from an MSK researcher
  • Invitation to Spring Cocktail Reception
  • Access to a personal gift officer
  • Limited-edition canvas tote
  • Membership card

Become a Partner


Sponsor $2,500-$4,999

Breakthrough Alliance Sponsors enjoy select benefits of Partners, plus exclusive access to special in-person and online events. Member benefits*:

  • Recognition on Digital Donor Wall at Memorial Hospital
  • Invitation to exclusive luncheon with MSK staff
  • Invitation to small-group webinar with an MSK scientist
  • Engraved glass beaker from the MSK research lab

Become a Sponsor


Champion $5,000-$9,999

Breakthrough Alliance Champions are highly committed supporters whose contributions are publicly recognized at MSK and online. They also enjoy exclusive benefits. Member benefits*:

  • Personal tour of MSK with up to 4 guests
  • Early access to cancer research updates
  • VIP invitations to special events
  • Limited Edition Water Bottle

Become a Champion


Pioneer $10,000-$24,999

Breakthrough Alliance Pioneers are indispensable to our progress in the lab, the hospital, and beyond. Their contributions grant them access to the following benefits. Member benefits*:

  • Eligible for a photo feature on Digital Donor Wall in Memorial Hospital
  • Updates from an MSK researcher tailored to your areas of interest
  • Custom framed print of science-inspired photography

Become a Pioneer


Leader $25,000+

Breakthrough Alliance Leaders are the most committed members of the Breakthrough Alliance and the bedrock of our leading edge work. Member benefits*:

  • Eligible for Memorial Hall plaque
  • Special "Leadership Circle" callout in Donor Roster and Breakthrough Alliance Report
  • Option to have a donor match named after you
  • Invitation to join an MSK Host Committee for select events
  • A bound book of MSK history and highlights

Become a Leader


*Membership at this level will also include select benefits from the previous levels.

Donors who give $1,000 or more throughout the calendar year will be eligible to receive membership benefits the following year. Gifts can be made outright or cumulatively to qualify. Membership gifts will be automatically mailed to donors in their first year of membership at each level. Gifts to special events, special programs, matches, and matching gifts are not eligible. If you have questions about your eligibility or would like to make a gift over the phone, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 1-800-585-4118 or breakthroughs@mskcc.org.