Kansas Masonic Foundation
Supporting cancer research and education for more than 40 years, The Kansas Masonic Foundation is expanding charitable, educational and scientific philanthropy in Kansas.
The Kansas Masonic Foundation (KMF) is a nonprofit organization established for the purpose of expanding charitable, educational, and scientific philanthropy in Kansas. The KMF has supported cancer research and education for more than 40 years.
In addition to funding free cancer screenings over the past 15 years, the KMF supported The Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute and funded health initiatives like the Bob Dole Prostate Cancer Research Fund and the Oncology Nurse Navigator and Psychosocial Oncology Endowments at the University of Kansas Medical Center over the past few decades.
More than 10,000 Kansans have attended the Masonic screenings over the last several years. Their remarkable success has always arisen from the "local level," thanks to the hard work of Kansas Masonic Lodges across the State.
A Tradition of Service - Kansas Masonic Service Through the Decades
1966 - The first KMF Board is formed to show that Masons believe in the brotherhood of man.
1967 - KMF's first Thanksgiving Day seals campaign kicks off, raising $6,381.
1968 - A student grant and loan program is developed to help deserving college students.
1972 - KMF donates $5,000 for cancer research at KU Medical Center and endows a professor of oncology chair the following year.
1975 - The KMF Cancer Institute is dedicated and Foundation assets increase to nearly $250,000 following a KMF pledge to refurbish the KU Medical Center Cancer Clinic and provide funds for the Center's oncology nursing care program.
1992 - KMF shifts grant funding to cancer research and, over the next 20 years, funds efforts that include the KMF chair in Cancer Research, the Bob Dole Prostate Cancer research Fund, the Mark and Bette Morris family chair in Cancer Prevention and the psychosocial oncology endowment.
2001 - Kansas Masonic Cancer Research chair is established.
2003 - Kansas Masonic Lodges begin hosting cancer screening outreach clinics.
2004 - Roy Jensen, MD, 33-year member of Masonic Lodge 65, is named head of the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute and, later, director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
2007 - The Franklin and Beverly Gaines Professorship established and funded the Breast Cancer Prevention and Breast Cancer Survivorship Centers.
2011 - In seven years, Kansas Masonic Lodges hold more than 50 cancer screening clinics in 47 communities and screened more than 3,000 Kansans.
2012 - KMF Dale Hill Personalized Cancer Medicine Fund is established and the endowment of the MCA Behavioral Health position.
2012 - KMF support serves role in The University of Kansas Cancer Center's application for National Cancer Institute designation.
2015 - KMF quadruples the number of free cancer screenings, offering more than 20 screenings across the state and reaching close to 2,000 Kansans in less than one year.
2016 - KMF announces a $5 million pledge in support of research and education being done at MCA and its member locations.
2019 - Midwest Cancer Alliance becomes Masonic Cancer Alliance in recognition of $5 million gift from the Kansas Masons to support efforts to prevent cancer and improve people's lives.