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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Founded in 1968, Concern Foundation is an independent, volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to raising and granting funds to support cancer research worldwide. Concern Foundation has provided grants to over 750 gifted cancer researchers at major institutions locally, nationally, and around the world. With $.95 cents of every dollar being given to research, over $58 Million has been raised and granted to make significant contributions that are moving us closer to our vision of conquering cancer. Fast Facts $.95 cents of every donor dollar is granted to cancer research (based on 2014 certified audit) 63 of the best and the brightest young cancer research scientists are being funded by Concern grants this year 47 years and more committed to CONquer canCER Now! 13 focused areas of cancer are being funded with grants from Concern

Results: To date, CONCERN Foundation has raised over $58 million for cancer research and has awarded funds to over 750 promising cancer researchers throughout the United States and around the world. The non-profit, primarily volunteer organization currently funds 63 cancer research projects at leading institutions in the United States and abroad, The organization keeps administrative overhead to a minimum, so that over $.95 cents of every dollar raised is used to provide salary funding to further the careers of gifted young cancer researchers whose work shows great promise but whose careers are not yet sufficiently advanced to justify major funding from government sources.

Target demographics: A quiet, but mighty figure in the field of funding research… Concern is an appropriate acronym (CONquer canCER Now), for one of LA’s best-known and most beloved charities, set forth its mission in 1968 and has continued to grow and succeed in funding research projects worldwide. Concern does not spend money trying to capture the headlines. The organization is concerned with using its funds to support scientists who are working to develop specific leads for a variety of cancers. Their work begins by focusing on how cells function within the body and what causes cancer cells to spread so rampantly. They are studying the genetic aspects of each form of cancer and the response of the immune system to the disease. The results of these projects are used to devise new approaches for early detection, prevention and treatment that can be used in clinical trials.

Direct beneficiaries per year: One of the proudest moments was theestablishment of a world class ScientificReview Committee. Every two years, twenty of the finest scientists from around the world meet in Los Angeles, California to review and rank the most promising research applications received by Concern. Upon the completion of their work, the organization’s Grants Committee and Executive Board of Directors meet to decide how many ofthe projects they can support in the current funding cycle.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: To raise and distribute funds to support promising scientific laboratory work in the field of cancer research. They also host 2 annual outreach activities for children struggling with cancer in our community.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering for Concern for ten years. More specifically, I’ve been their photographer for their Block Party. I’m fascinated there are so many volunteers that return year after year. And so many families have been involved for two and three generations.

Concern’s largest fundraiser is their summer Block Party. With a different theme every year and over fifty of the best restaurants Los Angeles has to offer, the Block Party is always a memorable event. Just think about it—awesome food, live music, street performers, gaming tables, live and silent auctions, and more!

Rated by L.A. Magazine as one of Los Angeles’ Top 10 events, the summer Block Party won’t disappoint. Of course, there’s no way to show everything. But I’ve attached a few pics from the most recent. If you think the pictures are amazing, just think how much fun it’d be to attend.

Concern also sponsors two events for youngsters undergoing cancer treatment—a Day at Universal Studios and the Holiday Party. For Universal Studios, about 100 kids get all-day front-of-the-line passes, an entertaining luncheon with balloon-making, face painting, tattooing (non-permanent of course).

At the Holiday Party, another 100 youngsters along with their families watch a recently released kids movie, have lunch, take pictures with Santa, dance to music, engage in arts and crafts. Plus, each child receives his or her own sack of toys. Given the financial strain that cancer treatment entails, I’m sure outings such as these are rare. These are two days where they can just enjoy being kids again.

Concern is able to put 95 cents of every dollar towards finding a cure for cancer. And let’s face it, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. For such a worthwhile cause and so many ways and opportunities to help or get involved, please consider Concern Foundation.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has been a part of the Concern family for longer than I have been alive and now my husband and I are honored to be on the board. You will never find a more dedicated organization raising funds for research. $0.95 of every $1 raised goes towards finding a cure to cancer. They are 100% focused on a future without cancer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My Wife and I have been members of Concern for 35 years. During that time we have watched the membership and donors grow rapidly over those years. This organization is truly committed to the elimination of Cancer and putting itself out of business. It ranked one of the highest in return of funds raised, to donations to given for research. The percentage is approximately 95 %.

My Wife and I have been on Board for three years now, and are astonished every day.

This is a truly worthwhile charity and should be considered. Our primary fund raising event yearly is "The Block Party". This event takes over the entire Back Lot at Paramount Studios and hosts approximately 60 of the best restaurants in town.

Please give us consideration in your philanthropy.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Concern is a grassroots organization that has made a significant impact in Cancer research. At Concern, each dollar is stretched to capacity in order to fund as many researchers as possible. Concern uses a scientific review board in order to distribute funds, so each decision is made carefully and thoughtfully by experts at the top of the field. They also put on various events for children with cancer and their families, and smaller fundraisers like throwing fundraiser spin classes or having a team run marathons to raise money. Concern is saavy and the team is so dedicated to their work.

I love honoring friends by making donations in their name, and Concern is one of the only organizations I've given to which sends out a thank you note to the donor and the honoree immediately!

As a millennial, my favorite fundraiser of the year is Concern's annual block party on the Paramount studios lot. Held the Saturday after July 4, it is seriously the most fun event in town and for such an incredible cause.

Concern is one of a kind and a truly special organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, great group of volunteers and most importantly they give $.95 cents of every dollar raised to support cancer research. You can't ask for a better organization!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

An incredible organization. I was an active board member for many years prior to retirement. The work that they do is amazing; and the cause is truly a worthy one. Everyone is touched in some way with Cancer; and the funding of research, and the progress and success of the treatments that are developed over time is simply touching and emotional. Prolonging the life of those affected by this horrible desease. Give all you can to help Concern Foundation continue the faboulous work that they do. I'm proud to still be a donor; and was extremely proud to have been a board member for so many years. Derek Alpert, President of Concern; and his entire team, are committed to excellence. The work that they do is admirable; and they are all passionate to help other's find treatments and cures. Thank you to them all. Much appreciated.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Concern Foundation for over 19 years. With each year that passes Concern's passion for a cure is equaled only by their love for those who suffer with this disease as well as the families who need support! They never stop trying to find new ways to raise funds for research. I am proud to be a part of such an outstanding organization who are sincere in their efforts and who strive to better mankind! I will continue to help in any way I can!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been associated with Concern for many years. Whenever a friend or family member (unfortunately) has passed away, we always like to honor them with a donation to Concern. We know almost 100% of it will get to an organization doing promising work towards finding cures for cancer.

We also always look forward to their annual block party at Paramount Studios. It's so much fun and always amazing how they can make such a huge event perfect!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with The Concern Foundation for over 30 years. A volunteer driven organization that raises money (and awareness) for Cancer research… Concern Foundation donates $0.96 of every dollar collected directly to Cancer research,
It has always been my opinion that Concern is somewhat of a champion for the underdog...Their scientific review board sorts through 1000’s of research grant applications each year...They look for the most cutting edge theories and have been known to choose some that many stricter organizations would be reluctant to take a chance on. And as time grows on...The list of successes has grown substantially …
One of the greatest take aways one gets from the Concern Foundation…is not just the money they raise…It’s the manner in which they do it...Team Concern participates in the L.A. marathon in an effort to Conquer Cancer…”One Mile at a Time”... And in doing so raised over $160,000.00 for cancer research this past year… Concern’s annual fund raiser ”The Block Party”..often called the hottest ticket of the summer event season … raised over $1.7 million this past year…
Becoming a volunteer for the Concern Foundation lets you join a family whose main objective is helping other families…Concern sponsors functions for children from the local hospitals with yearly events that most cancer stricken families would not be able to afford…The yearly trip to Universal Studios Theme Park…and the magical Concern Christmas party…A toy drive started weeks before makes sure that each child in the patients family has toys for Christmas and a day to forget their troubles..With food and fun and Santa…where every child walks away with a smile on their face and hope in their heart….
Cancer affects you…your kids…and if we don’t find a cure for it…their kids too..Step up to the plate…It’s time to get in the game…The Concern Foundation is an easy way to get involved and know that you’ve been a part of something great in the fight against an evil illness..

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the greatest non profits I have ever been apart of. The Concern Block Party they have every year is such an amazing event. The amount of support throughout the community is amazing. Year after year they raise more and more money. Keep up the good work