Donating in memory of a loved one is a thoughtful way to help us outsmart cancer.

ACRF can provide you with a selection of cards and cancer research ribbons, depending on the occasion, as a way of honouring and acknowledging your generous contribution to cancer research.

Memorial gifts in honour of a loved one

Giving memorial gifts to cancer research in tribute of a family member or friend who has passed away is a very special way of honouring their memory. There are a number of ways you can support cancer research in memory, including direct donations, donations in lieu of flowers at a funeral, and ongoing contributions to mark a birthday or other event in your loved one’s life.

When you make a memorial gift, if you are able to provide us with the relevant details, ACRF will send an acknowledgement of your kind donation to the deceased’s Next of Kin. We are very happy to include a personal message of support for you, but please note we will keep your donation amount private.


  • The suggested way to notify funeral guests of your wishes for memorial gifts in lieu of flowers is to include a message in the funeral notice: Your funeral director will assist you with this, but please feel free to use our recommended wording:

    “In lieu of flowers, donations in memory can be made to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, GPO Box 9989, SYDNEY 2001.”

  • ACRF can also provide donation envelopes and cancer research ribbons for the guests attending your loved one’s funeral. With support from your funeral director, you can place these at the entrance of the funeral service. Once the envelopes have been collected, please send them through to the ACRF for processing and receipting. The ribbons are for your guests to keep.

  • If you wish to continue making memorial gifts in honour of your loved one, ACRF can assist with automated monthly donations. Many of our monthly donors – known as Partners in the Cure – make their regular contributions in tribute to someone special. If you wish to set up a less frequent donation that celebrates your loved one’s birthday, or another milestone, please speak with our friendly staff.