Strategic Plan

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American Brain Tumor Association Strategic Plan

Fiscal Years 2016 to 2018

Every day, 500 people are diagnosed with a brain tumor. They join more than 700,000 who are currently living with the fear, frustration and uncertainty a brain tumor diagnosis brings.  There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors, which means there is no one answer to the brain tumor challenge. 


Thanks to advances in research and technology (some funded by the American Brain Tumor Association), one-size-fits-all therapies are gradually giving way to precision medicine—sometimes known as personalized medicine—which uses molecular and genetic information to diagnose and treat tumors.   Yet not all of those impacted by brain tumors have equal access to information they need and to medical innovations.


The American Brain Tumor Association Board of Directors has created a three-year strategic plan that reflects our commitment to increasing research funding; increasing the quality of information available to patients and their caregivers; increasing the number of newly diagnosed who get information they need in a timely way so they can make informed treatment decisions; and serving as the voice of the brain tumor community.


This plan represents the combined insights and shared commitment of ABTA’s Board, staff, donors, funders, and other stakeholders.  It lays out how we will advance our mission with unity of purpose.  We have built it from a position of strength and a desire to serve.  It challenges us to come together and bring our best talents and our enduring passion to improve, extend, and save lives.  


We hope that you will join us in advancing this important, life-affirming work.

Jeff Fourgerousse
Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors

Elizabeth M. Wilson, MNA
Former President and CEO


The mission of the American Brain Tumor Association is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.


We do this through interactions and engagements with brain tumor patients and their families, collaborations with allied groups and organizations, and the funding of brain tumor research.




A future where not one life is lost to a brain tumor.




Compassion. We care deeply about people impacted by brain tumors.

Community. We realize greater impact through our work with others.

Empowerment. We encourage those impacted by brain tumors to make informed decisions and have their
                           voices heard.

Excellence. We offer medically sound, evidence-based programs focused on the needs of those we serve.

Innovation. We support science and deliver programs that lead to innovative treatments and services.

Stewardship. We are committed to fiscal responsibility, efficient use of resources, and results.




For 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care.


We are committed to be the national advocate for patient-centered treatment, support services, information, and research investment for brain tumor patients and their caregivers. Our impact is measured in these ways:

  • Number of scientists involved in brain tumor research
  • Research dollars we provide and influence
  • Size of our reach into the healthcare provider community
  • Growth in the number of people accessing information from ABTA



  • 1. RESEARCH: Increase career development & support for brain tumor researchers
  • 2. ADVOCACY: Increase voice of those impacted in public and health policy decisions
  • 3. ACCESS: Increase patient & caregiver access to information
  • 4. PROVIDERS: Increase clinician awareness of patient/caregiver issues and ABTA resources
  • 5. CAPACITY: Ensure ABTA’s capacity for impact