CPRIT Foundation Releases List of Donors

Hoping to increase transparency, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Foundation — a nonprofit that supplements the salaries of the executive director and chief scientist of the state’s beleaguered $3 billion cancer research agency — released a full list of its donors on Thursday. 

"In light of recent developments associated with the institute, we believe it is appropriate to make this information publicly available at this time," Marc Palazzo, the foundation's spokesman, said in a statement. 

Many donations to the foundation, revealed in the list released Thursday, came from people with close ties to CPRIT. James “Jimmy” Mansour, chairman of the CPRIT oversight board, donated $52,953, and Dr. Joseph Bailes, the vice chairman of the CPRIT oversight board, donated $45,000. Two former CPRIT employees whose salaries were supplemented by the foundation made donations; Bill Gimson, the former executive director of CPRIT, donated $9,000, and Dr. Alfred Gilman, the former chief scientific officer of CPRIT donated $3,000.

Pharmaceutical and drug development companies, meanwhile, donated more than $689,000 to the foundation. Among the other notable donors were Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who gave $1,000, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, which gave $7,500, and the Harold Simmons Foundation, which contributed $5,000.

Legislators authorized creation of the CPRIT Foundation in 2009 to supplement the salaries of the institute's executive director and chief scientific officer, an effort to help the state attract top talent. The foundation is not allowed to accept donations from CPRIT grantees.

Lawmakers criticized the lack of transparency at the CPRIT Foundation at a House Appropriations Committee hearing in December in the wake of news that the Texas attorney general, Travis County district attorney and state auditor’s office are all investigating whether CPRIT officials broke the law in their distribution of grant funds.

“What we could use is some help from you, to help us, to help the foundation, do the best job possible to identify whether there could be conflicts,” said Barbara Canales, who is on both the CPRIT oversight board and the CPRIT Foundation board, in response to the lawmakers criticisms. She explained that the foundation could only compare its donor list to the list of grant recipients after the grants were approved by the oversight board.

In 2007, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that gave lawmakers the authority to sell bonds worth $3 billion over 10 years to promote cancer research, cancer-fighting commercialization projects and cancer prevention projects in Texas. The future of the institute is uncertain, and Texas’ political leaders called for a moratorium on new CPRIT grants, as the investigations into the agency's alleged conflicts continue. 

The investigations began after CPRIT's oversight committee publicly disclosed an internal report that found an $11 million grant to Peloton Therapeutics had been approved without scientific review. After the disclosure, media reports revealed potential conflicts of interest involved with that grant.

Dallas philanthropist Peter O'Donnell, whose initial investment helped create Peloton Therapeutics, is the largest donor to the CPRIT Foundation. Since 2009, the O’Donnell Foundation has donated $1.5 million to the foundation.

Below is a full list of the CPRIT foundation’s donors. 

Name/OrganizationNumber of DonationsTotal Amount of Donations
Aaron Richards 1 $225
Alfred G. Gilman 1 $3,000
Allen and Elizabeth Wendler 1 $1,000
Alzheimer's Association 1 $1,000
Amanda M. Beck 1 $1,000
American Cancer Society 1 $500
Amgen USA 1 $35,000
Andro Diagnostics 1 $2,000
Anne Brennan 1 $1,000
Astellas USA Foundation 2 $30,000
Barbara & Berry Lewis Family Fund 1 $1,000
Barbara Canales 1 $3,750
Barbara R. Hurwitz 2 $2,500
Barry G. Andrews 1 $35,000
Barry P. Forrest 2 $350
Biohouston, Inc 1 $2,000
Blackridge 1 $7,500
Booth Family Trust 1 $500
Brandon & Heidi Hicks 1 $250
Brian R. White 1 $225
Burson-Marsteller 1 $3,750
C.W. Duncan Jr. 1 $500
Cammack & Strong, P.C. 1 $1,000
Cancer Therapy and Research Center Found. 1 $7,500
Carl D Campbell 1 $500
Carolyn Frost Keenan 2 $7,500
Catherine C. Brock 1 $500
CB Richard Ellis 1 $7,500
Cephalon, Inc. 2 $15,000
Charles E. Geyer Jr. 1 $1,000
Charles Tate 2 $60,000
Christus Health 2 $20,000
Cindy Brinker Simmons 5 $30,000
CITI 3 $12,500
Citigroup Payment Services 1 $500
City of San Antonio TX Educ. Fac. Corp. 1 $7,500
Clayton Duncan 1 $500
Communities Foundation of Texas 1 $5,000
Daiichii Sankyo, Inc. 4 $62,500
Danziger & Dellano LLP 1 $1,000
David G Miclette 1 $500
David H. Dewhurst 1 $1,000
David Spaw 1 $1,000
DCMS Foundation 1 $2,500
Dean M. Kilgore 1 $225
Deborah Holland Shelkh 1 $500
Dee Kelly 1 $25,000
Dee Osborne 1 $500
Don Glendenning 1 $500
Durwood D. Booher 1 $100
E.W. or Margaret M. Barnett 1 $500
Edelman 1 $7,500
Eisai Inc. 2 $200,000
Eli Lilly and Company 1 $50,000
Elizabeth Butler Granger 1 $1,000
ETMG, LLC 1 $70
F. Jackson 1 $500
Faith Johnson and Assoc. 1 $250
Frederick McCord 1 $1,000
Gary or Catherine Brock 1 $1,000
Genentech USA 2 $135,000
George L Ball 1 $2,500
Gjerset & Lorenz 1 $2,500
Graves, Daugherty, Hearon & Moody PC 1 $250
Greater Houston Community Foundation 1 $1,000
Greg Curran 1 $1,000
Gregory Marchbanks 1 $1,000
Guy Perry 1 $125
Harold Simmons Foundation 1 $5,000
Heinrich-Josey Heinrich-Josey Orthopaedics, PA 1 $1,000
Hewlett Packard Company 1 $12,000
Horizon Bank 1 $225
Hunt Family Foundation 1 $12,000
J. or S.C. Glickman 1 $500
James Huffines 1 $1,000
James M Mansour Foundation 4 $25,631
James Mansour 2 $27,323
Jennifer S. Pickering 1 $1,000
Jerry & Rebecca Lindauer 1 $1,000
Jerry Deutser 1 $500
Jerry H. Yellen 1 $100
Jewel B Crosswell 1 $2,500
Joan S. Bentzin 1 $500
Joe & Janis Pinelli 1 $500
John A. Dieck Jr. 1 $500
John B. Benear, II, MD 1 $7,500
John Cullen 2 $4,506
John Genung 1 $1,000
John H. Young 1 $2,500
John Lay 2 $2,500
John M. Sjoberg 1 $225
Joseph S. Bailes 4 $37,500
Julian R. Lowin 1 $250
Kam Kronenberg 1 $825
Karl Holtzman 1 $100
Kay O Miller 1 $500
Keith Lauderdale 1 $250
Kern Wildenthal, MD 2 $5,000
Kristin L. Lonergan 1 $2,500
Kurt Wilkin 1 $350
Lance Ramsey 1 $225
Law Offices of Douglas A. Allison 3 $19,750
Lewis Little 1 $500
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals 1 $1,000
Lilly Grant Office 1 $2,500
Linda McReynolds 1 $500
Lionel Sosa 1 $10,000
Luminant 1 $7,500
Mack Lane 1 $350
Malcolm Gillis 1 $1,000
Mark Hansen 1 $225
Mark Johnson 1 $225
Mary Crowley Cancer Foundation 1 $35,000
Mary Elliot 2 $1,000
Medical Metrics, Inc. 2 $8,750
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. 2 $15,000
Michael Kasper 1 $1,000
Mike A. Myers 1 $3,000
Moncrief Cancer Foundation 1 $15,000
Morris S. Gottesman 1 $2,500
Mrs. Dan L Duncan 1 $500
Nicole Kessler 1 $250
Northwind Energy Partners, LLC 1 $500
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. 4 $235,000
O'Donnell Foundation 3 $1,500,000
O'Donnell, Jr. 1 $15,000
Patricia & Albert Tate 1 $1,000
Patricia Breen 1 $500
Patton B. Drewett 2 $350
Paul Robshaw 1 $1,000
Peter C. Harmonson 1 $225
Pfizer, Inc. 6 $160,000
Physicians Cancer Research Foundation Inc 2 $17,500
Ralph B. Thomas 1 $500
Ralph O'Connor 3 $18,000
Ralph T. Hull 2 $1,250
Ray L. Thompson 1 $25
Regina Rogers 1 $5,000
Reid Wittliff 1 $50
Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. 1 $500
Robert A Seale 1 $250
Robert Lanier 1 $500
Roche Diagnostics Corporation 1 $7,500
Rod Edens Jr. 1 $250
Roger or Marianne Staubach 1 $500
Rosemary Walton 1 $250
S Balaguer 1 $225
S. Joel Hastings 1 $250
S. Mark Powell 1 $1,000
Sanford L. Gottesman 1 $2,500
Serafy Foundation 3 $30,000
Shirley Coskey 1 $2,000
SHVMS, LLC 1 $1,000
Southwestern Medical Foundation 2 $22,500
Stephen J. Schaefer 1 $1,000
Stephen King 1 $500
Stephen Wyatt 1 $1,000
Steven and Sheila Miller 1 $500
Stote Ellsworth 1 $500
Susan G. Komen for the Cure 1 $7,500
T.A. or Anna Reppert 1 $500
TEVA Pharmaceuticals 1 $35,000
Texas A&M Foundation 4 $37,500
Texas Enterprises, Inc. 1 $500
Texas Medical Center 1 $500
Texas Oncology Foundation, Inc 1 $7,500
Texas Tech System Admin. Foundation 2 $30,000
Texas Tech University System- Foundation 2 $70,000
The Barnabas Fund, Inc. 1 $7,500
The Biophysical Corporation 1 $7,500
The Dallas Foundation 2 $2,000
The Greater S.A. Chamber of Commerce 2 $15,000
The Hicks Family Charitable Foundation 1 $5,000
The Kayser Foundation 1 $1,000
The Methodist Hospital System 3 $65,000
The Schweitzer Family Foundation 1 $1,000
The Texas A&M University HSC Foundation 4 $40,000
The Vermillion Family Foundation 1 $500
The Virginia and LE Simmons Foundation 1 $1,000
The Weingarten Schnitzer Foundation, Inc 1 $500
Thomas Kaplan 1 $27,500
Thompson Energy Group LLC 1 $3,750
Thompson Energy Group, Inc. 1 $5,000
TMH Foundation 1 $15,000
Todd Ramberg 1 $225
TX Health Presbyterian Foundation 1 $7,500
University of Houston Foundation 4 $32,500
UNT Health Science Center Foundation 2 $15,000
UT Chancellor's Fund 2 $18,810
UT Foundation 2 $22,500
UT Physicians 1 $7,500
Vinson & Elkins LLP 4 $23,500
Ward Pennebaker 1 $500
William & Evelyn Griffin Fund 1 $1,750
William Gimson 3 $9,000
William Heyer 1 $225
Wm A & Elizabeth B Moncrief Foundation 1 $5,000
Yvonne & Joseph Bailes 1 $7,500

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