OVARIAN CANCER NATIONAL ALLIANCE

Rating: 4.81 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 1101 14th St. NW Suite 850 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.
Target demographics: advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives, the Ovarian Cancer National Conference, Advocate Leaders and more!
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-1581756
202-331-1332
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has now been 17 years since my diagnosis with advanced ovarian cancer. Fortunately for me, that was also the year that the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was founded. Through every twist and turn of this journey, the Alliance has been with me. I count on the Alliance for accurate and up-to-date information about the disease. The organization has afforded me a place to use my voice for all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Each year as I attend their National Conference, I see the far reaching effects of the Alliance, turning survivors into thrivers. In the past two years I have watched in awe as the Alliance has worked to bring groups together to advance our cause and research. I am proud to be associated with this organization which represents our community so well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a survivor I have had a great deal of interaction with OCNA over the last 15 years and can only say that it is by far one of the most outstanding nonprofits I have encountered. A wealth of information about the disease, resources for the patient and family, concern and assistance with the challenges many of us face not only physically and financially but also emotionally. OCNA is passionate about awareness of ovarian cancer for all women, physicians and future health professionals and has an amazing staff and cadre of volunteers to accomplish this mission. The staff's enthusiasm is infectious and motivating. If you don't believe it, try saying no to attending the annual march to Capitol Hill! The staff is small in number but extremely commited to their jobs. If they do not have an answer to your question, they will work hard to get the right information to you. I know how hard the board works to make sure donations are used in a manner that will have the most impact for survivors and all women at risk of developing ovarian cancer. Proud to give my dollars to this major force on the TEAL TEAM.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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7 people found this review helpful

As a 12-year survivor of ovarian cancer I have watched as the various national organizations have been established, evolved, and reached out to our patient population. THe Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) has been the driving force in trying to unite the national organizations, provide support to state organizations, get involved in legislative action so necessary for increasing funding for research and awareness, and most importantly giving us a voice as we battle this disease. Most recently I attended the OCNA 2009 National Conference and witnessed first hand how dedicated the entire OCNA staff is to our cause. They have developed a strong national agenda and work each and evry day toward achieving its goals. They certainly have provided me with an avenue to express my passion for advocacy and awareness of ovarian cancer and reach thousands of women with vital information.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their understanding of our need to educate other women about this deadly disease.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, dedicated, and empathetic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

Ocna's customer service is horrible. If you call, there's rarely anyone to answer other than interns, who don't know enough to answer the questions. It also takes a long time to receive a gift acknowledgement. Ocna obviously funds the salaries of the higher level staff, and seems to hire all interns as staff....so I wonder how my donations are being used.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

I wish they would state the percentage of our donation funds goes directly to the cause. I hate giving to charities because of adminstrators and advertisors take too much money.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I don't donate to charities much because I'm skeptical of how the money is spent however with this organization, not only was my donation simple to make through their website but their annual report allowed me to see where every penny was being spent. Well done!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally have not experienced anything but I know they're out there doing great work through what I've seen in their report.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure that they receive more notoriety for what they do

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the usefulness and simplicity of their donation process through their website

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I haven't met any of them but they must be efficient with how their website is designed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hopefully do more to save lives and/or eradicate the disease altogether

Ways to make it better...

my experience was great!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

like most NGOs, they must be in need of more money and/or staff

One thing I'd also say is that...

GREAT JOB OVARIAN CANCER NATIONAL ALLIANCE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

My sister is 5-year survivor and in honor of her cancerversary I threw an event to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in hopes of raising awareness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are doing work that is severely lacking in our government and research industry.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure they had ample funds to carry on with their cause.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff made is super simple to obtain third party event forms and donation envelopes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

they were helpful and motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help eradicate this disease by making sure all women and men out there know which symptoms to look for.

Ways to make it better...

this disease never existed

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need for more money and possibly donors.

One thing I'd also say is that...

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS. HELP SAVE A LIFE.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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