Donating in memory of a loved one is a meaningful and special way to commemorate their life. Your donation will help fund the technology, equipment and infrastructure scientists need to blaze new trails in cancer research. 

Your charitable donation will carry on the legacy of your loved one, and positively make a difference to cancer research and creating hope for the future by providing world-class scientists with equipment to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer.

ACRF can provide you with 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, these include;

  • Direct donations: You can make a direct donation in memory of a loved one on our website. You can include the name of the deceased you are donating in memory of and can choose to have your donation acknowledged to a next of kin or friend who passed away.  
  • Donations in lieu of flowers at a funeral: Many families choose to request that funeral guests make a donation to ACRF instead of giving flowers at a funeral. This is a powerful way to make a big difference to cancer research and encourage others to make a meaningful donation in memory of the loved one. See below how to do this for your loved one’s funeral and the recommended wording to use. 
  • Ongoing contributions to mark a birthday or other event in your loved one’s life: This is a special way to continually commemorate a loved one so the memory of them is not lost. This will provide a meaningful occasion for you throughout the year where you can remember and make ongoing contributions to help us outsmart cancer.

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.


  • Donations in lieu of flowers at a funeral

    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.”

  • Donation envelopes and ribbons for your funeral guests

    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.

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  • Make a donation in memory of a loved one

    Invite friends and family to make an online donation, and leave a personal message, by building a personal tribute page. Upon creation, you will receive a unique link, which can be distributed as needed. Your support allows us to work towards a world where no one has to feel the loss of a loved one from cancer.

For more information please contact us on 1300 884 988 or inmemoriam@acrf.com.au.