800 Rose Street
Lexington KY 40536-0093
Contact Information
Address 800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536 0093
Phone (859) 323-6448
Fax 859 257-4563
Contact Name Amy Morgan
At A Glance
Former Names
Ephraim McDowell Cancer Research Foundation
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be made by cash, check, credit or debit card (through the Markey Cancer Foundation website), stocks, property, estate gifts or other planned gifts.
Businesses and other organizations can hold events, such as a walk or pancake breakfast to support the Markey Cancer Foundation.  Matching gifts from employers who match employee contributions are also encouraged. Donors can also choose to sponsor Markey's annual Golf Classic Dinner & Tournament, The Concert on the Lawn at Keeneland or The Betsy "Jump for the Cure."
Additionally, donors can choose to give memorials in memory of loved ones to Markey Cancer Foundation through cash, check or credit card.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation is to reduce cancer mortality in Kentucky and beyond by supporting innovative cancer research and treatments, education, community engagement, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate patient care at Markey Cancer Center.
Background Statement

In 1978, Ben Roach and a dedicated group of volunteers began the planning and organization to build a cancer center at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Roach established what is now called the UK Markey Cancer Foundation in recognition of the late Calumet Farm owner and philanthropist Lucille Parker Markey, whose generosity has made a significant and enduring impact on the lives of Kentuckians.  With tremendous support from Lexington's thoroughbred industry, along with other businesses, civic organizations and individual donors, funds were raised to build patient care facilities where thousands of patients have come to find hope and healing in their fight against cancer.  Over the past 35 years the Markey Cancer Foundation has raised more than $75 million for facilities, research, treatment, education and patient support for UK's Markey Cancer Center.

Impact Statement

Accomplishment: Markey Cancer Center NCI Designation
In 2013, the Markey Cancer Center received NCI (National Cancer Institute) designation, ranking it among the Nation's elite Cancer Center's and enabling it to receive additional research funding and increased access to clinical trials for patients.  The Markey Cancer Foundation continues to raise support for much needed research and recruitment funds to ensure that Markey maintains this important designation. 

Advances in Metabolomic Research and Etiology
The Markey Cancer Foundation supported the recruitment of four of the leading researchers in the nation for the study how cancer metabolizes in the body and what "feeds" cancer cells causing them to spread.  Through their innovative work, these researchers hope to turn off the mechanisms that cause cancer to spread in the body.  
Rebranding the Markey Cancer Foundation:  Over the past year, the Markey Cancer Foundation rebranded itself to the "University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation" to further solidify it's mission focused on providing support to UK's Markey Cancer Center.  The organization has taken on new initiatives including the Cathy Wolterman Coop Patient Support Fund, increased support for cancer screenings with a focus on rural Kentucky counties and a campaign to build a new cancer patient floor in UK's new hospital.
Lung Cancer Surviorship Grant:  UK Researchers and Markey Cancer Foundation are pleased to announce a $7.2 million initiative funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation aimed at improving lung cancer survivorship in Kentucky.  This program will include increased lung cancer screenings and education for care givers and patients.
MCF has supported a unique crowd-funding project called along with Radiation Oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock.  The goal of this project is to raise funds for a new Brachytherapy suite to treat breast, prostate, head, brain and neck cancers.
Needs Statement
The Markey Cancer Foundation's Top Five Needs for 2015:
- Increased Funding for Research & Recruitment of leading physicians and physician/scientists for Markey Cancer Center.
- Event Sponsors for the Markey Golf Classic, Concert on the Lawn at Keeneland and The Betsy "Jump for the Cure" equine show jumping event at Kentucky Horse Park.
- Funds to support the building of a state-of-the-art cancer patient floor at UK Chandler Hospital
- Funding to expand Markey's Cancer Prevention and Control programs, including cancer screenings across the state.
- In-Kind Donations for Events such as auction items and media sponsorships. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement As the President and CEO of UK's Markey Cancer Foundation, I have the privilege of working alongside some of the nation's top physicians and scientists who are united in the common cause of conquering cancer in the Commonwealth. Kentucky has the highest incidence and death rate of cancer overall in the United States.  It is the mission of the UK Markey Cancer Foundation to change that dismal statistic.  With our recent National Cancer Institute designation and increased opportunities for research, access to clinical trials, and better treatments, we will measure our success by lives saved.  Our cancer prevention and control programs are spreading out across the state and to our affiliates providing screening programs for various types of cancers and education on ways to prevent or reduce the risk of getting cancer.  And while we are working on prevention, research and treatment, we also provide emotional and financial support to patients who are battling cancer through a number of patient support programs.  We understand that cancer takes a physical, emotional and financial toll on patients and their families and the Markey Cancer Foundation provides basic necessities like transportation, groceries, gas and help with utility bills to enable patients to focus on their healing.  Our cancer burden is great, but our drive to eradicate it is even greater.  We are asking ourselves bold questions like "how can we decrease cancer death rates in Kentucky by 50%".  We did not become a National Cancer Institute designated center by taking the easy path.  This race is a marathon, not a sprint, and now, more than ever, we need the support of our community, our state and our nation to change the outcome.  
Board Chair Statement
The Markey Cancer Foundation board is an all volunteer board coming from many different perspectives, all committed to one goal: eliminating the suffering of Kentucky's citizens, and beyond.  There are always economic challenges and downturns, but cancer doesn't have a downturn--it still keeps rising and touching more lives.  Hard times call for hard work! Cancer touches everyone--it's touched our family and that's why I am committed to the cause of the Foundation.
Geographic Areas Served
West Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Sally S. Humphrey
Company Affiliation Shawnee Farm
Board Members
Mr. Farra M. Alford Jr.PNC BankVoting
Mr. Samuel A. B. Boone Sterling VenturesVoting
Dr. Eli L. Capilouto University of KentuckyVoting
Mr. William S. Farish Jr.Lane's End FarmVoting
Mr. Greg H. Goodman Mt. Brilliant FarmVoting
Mr. Merwin Grayson Jr.Central BankVoting
Mr. John R. Hall RetiredVoting
Mr. James F. Hardymon retiredVoting
Mr. Charles R. Hembree Charles R. Hembree AttorneyVoting
Mrs. Sally S. Humphrey Shawnee FarmVoting
Mr. Bret Jones Airdrie StudVoting
Mr. Nick Nicholson Keeneland Race TrackVoting
Mr. Kevin B. Pfeister DVMHagyard Equine Medical InstituteVoting
Mrs. Lois M. Reynolds Lois Reynolds ConsultingVoting
Mr. William Shively Dixiana FarmVoting
Dr. Charles T. Wethington Jr.University of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Christopher Young Overbrook FarmVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 30
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. H. Greg Goodman
Company Affiliation Mt. Brilliant Farm
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
The Legacy Council is a group of young business owners, entrepreneurs and serious, active, civic-minded professionals who are devoted to the future of the UK Markey Cancer Foundation and its mission of support for the Markey Cancer Center.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director No CEO
Term Start 2015
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 15
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
The Markey Cancer Foundation provides snacks, coffee, and water to patients (and their families) while taking chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  These are lengthy procedures and they sometimes create a bad taste in the patients' mouths.  The snacks help eliminate the taste and provide comfort.
Periodically, the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit needs supplies for patients and families.  This procedures requires weeks of stay in the hospital.  Examples of items purchased include hangers, small refrigerators, coffee makers, and hair clippers.
Classes are provided to survivors of cancer.  The Foundation provides food for class attendees.
Budget 20000
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The Foundation supports the Markey Cancer Center's goal of finding a cure for cancer.  Financial support to the Center by the Foundation helps recruit physicians and scientists, pays for lab equipment, and assists with educational needs.
Budget 20000000
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The Foundation has raised funds for and built several buildings in the Markey Cancer Center complex.  Currently, the Foundation is raising funds for a cancer floor in the new Chandler Hospital.
Budget 10000000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
The UK Markey Cancer Foundation collaborates with the University of Kentucky Office of Development and UK Healthcare Office of Development as well as the Markey Cancer Center and its affiliates.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $4,910,600.00
Projected Expenses $4,863,900.00
Endowment Value $12,000,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$1,993,696$3,078,560$2,269,927
Total Expenses$1,502,575$2,374,321$1,593,660
Revenue Less Expenses$491,121$704,239$676,267
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$668,083$2,012,443$1,471,052
Investment Income, Net of Losses$242,805$279,871$222,329
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$585,521$602,939$429,254
Revenue In-Kind$15,190$135,108--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$617,840$1,650,652$1,045,090
Administration Expense$534,125$596,919$392,608
Fundraising Expense$350,610$126,750$155,962
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.331.301.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses41%70%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue28%5%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$13,632,327$15,151,735$12,942,802
Current Assets$1,680,457$2,506,763$1,826,588
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$1,649,149$2,286,898$1,656,114
Total Net Assets$11,983,178$12,864,837$11,286,688
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 405360093
Primary Phone 859 323-6448
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
Board Chair Mrs. Sally S. Humphrey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shawnee Farm