The Joe Biden cancer charity is great at raising funds to pay for salaries, conferences and travel but appears to do virtually nothing to actually help cancer research or patients. Founded in 2017 by the former vice president and his wife, Jill, to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes,” as stated by the charity’s own mission statement.
According to tax records, in the charity’s first two years, it has not paid out a single grant, while spending over $3 million in salaries, $742,953 on conferences and more than $150,000 on travel. Once again, the number of grants distributed in those two years, a big fat zero.
The charity is now suspended “as Joe Biden and his wife needed to step away for Joe’s 2020 presidential run.” The non-profit’s Executive Director Greg Simon told the Associated Press back in July of 2019 that without the Bidens, the charity would need to “pause,” saying, “We tried to power through but it became increasingly difficult to get the traction we needed to complete our mission.”
The organization is still listed as active according to the IRS and reportedly still maintains three board members so it would not have to re-incorporate if the Bidens would decide to revive the charity.
The organization was created after Joe’s oldest son, Beau, died in 2015 after suffering from a brain cancer diagnosis.