Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research


Bill and Alice Goodwin have been involved in many of Richmond’s most vital philanthropic and educational initiatives over the years.  Most recently, the Goodwins were inspired to take on another project after witnessing several friends and family members battle with cancer.  Through a supporting organization established in 2002, the Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research, they have become proactive in helping to speed identification of a cure.

The Goodwins visited several cancer research and university-based medical centers throughout the country and consulted with experts to identify consistent funding gaps.  Accordingly, they chose to initially fund several institutions that show promising results in helping to move potential treatments for cancer from the laboratory to human trials.  The selected institutions include Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, the University of Virginia Cancer Center and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center, among others.

Board of Directors

  • William H. Goodwin, Jr., Chairman
  • Norwood H. Davis, Jr.
  • Alice T. Goodwin
  • E. Bryson Powell
  • Guy T. Tripp, III