Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 14 Pennsylvania Plaza Suite 1400 New York NY 10122 USA

Mission: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc. (OCRF) is the largest private organization dedicated to funding cutting-edge research to end ovarian cancer.  An estimated 200,000 women are diagnosed worldwide each year, with 22,000 women in the U.S. alone.  We believe that future advances in ovarian cancer research lie in the hands of today''s young researchers. It is for this reason that OCRF''s main funding priority has been advancing outstanding researchers early in their careers, whose projects focus on early detection, screening and basic translational research. Through our Scientific Advisory Committee, OCRF funds exceptional investigators across the country. As we strive to find a cure, we also seek to raise awareness of the disease through our many educational programs and special events.
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: OCRF's programs, aside from our research grants to the brightest of ovarian cancer researchers, include: a toll-free hotline, administered by staff and cancer survivors, which provides a free information packet on ovarian cancer and OCRF's activities; a video, "Surviving Ovarian Cancer," available free to the public; a Web site and bi-annual newsletter which provide valuable information about our research programs, events, and funders. OCRF produces many fund-raising events, including the annual Super Saturday, created by Donna Karan, which features a kids' carnival and designer garage sale, and the bi-enniel L'Oreal Legends Gala. The Junior Board of Directors also holds annual fundraising and awareness event.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-3806788
212-268-1002
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Rating: 4 stars  

After my mother died of a rare and deadly form of ovarian cancer in September 2010, I searched the Internet for charities that support ovarian cancer research. That's how I learned about OCRF. I work at a small nonprofit in Florida that has earned Charity Navigator's four-star rating for the past seven years. The OCRF also has the CN four-star rating, so I know that most of the funds donated to the OCRF go toward programs and research. Right after my mother's death, I was able to speak briefly with the CEO (who attended the University of South Florida) and the chief research officer, about my mom and the work that the OCRF was doing. I feel my donations matter.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My wife passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2002. It amazed me to find out that there were no funds that would help speed up research in this area. Ovarian Cancer is treatable if diagnosed early but most times this illness is not diagnosed on time. I was relief when after years of looking for a fund I found OCRF. They are carrying the torch for all of us.

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

terms of receiving communications quite frequently which keeps the fund visible and reminds me to support them even further.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I first learned about OCRF through my sister, who is now a member of the executive committee of its junior board. Our mother passed away from ovarian cancer in March 2007 and we both learned through the experience how little was known about the disease since she was misdiagnosed several times. I am now dedicated to OCRF's cause and think that it's great that there is an organization focused specifically on raising awareness of the disease. I give annually and also participated in OCRF's first annual TEAL Walk last year.

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

Through OCRF's e-mail updates and Facebook page, I've seen that its staff members are committed to spreading awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and raising funds for valuable research that could save many women's lives in the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. I wanted to find an great charity to work with that wanted to find a cure and an early diagnostic test for this insidious disease. They are an amazing group to work with. Talented, efficient, cooperative, dedicated, and compassionate. They fund great research projects with the help of great doctors to determine the value of the research suggested. I highly recommend this charity.

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

I'm sure some of the many treatments I have used are a result of research they have funded.

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

like even less to go to administration.

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

there dedication.

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

amazing.

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

fund more research.

Ways to make it better...

more progress had been made it treatment and diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

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

the fact that this disease effects only about 1.5% of the female population.

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

this organization is really devoted to finding a diagnostic test and cure for ovarian cancer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Nine years ago I became aware of OCRF after my best freind's mother past away from ovarian cancer. I had considered her my second mom, as she and my mother were also best freinds. This May we lost my mother to overian cancer, so OCRF now has more meaning to me, my freind and our sisters. The research that they are doing is so very important. No one should have to go thur the pain and the lose of this. And then wonder if you are going to be next...

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

Just getting information and ideas. also the San Deigo Tri..my freind participates

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in march. After 5 months of chemo, she was given a clean bill of health thanks to God, friends, family, and the support of OCRF. In an endless sea of cancers in today's world, ovarian cancer is a silent killer and is unfortunately the least commonly known. OCRF is doing a wonderful thing by changing this fact through campaigning to push women to get routine examinations and always stay aware of their health. So here are a few things I have learned over the past year: Listen to some sappy songs that remind you of your loved one, let the tears flow like rain because they will, but after the tears have gone, listen to nothing but positive upbeat tunes. Sorrow should be written in the sand and blessings carved in stone! At first, wince at all the tubes and needles and pale skin, because it is definately scary, they will not look the same, but after that, learn to look at them straight on, because fear is only what we want it to be. The tubes are helping more than they look like they are harming. Be hesitant to touch your loved one at first sight, you will worry that you might hug them too hard or disturb them, but after that, give them the most meaningful kiss and hold their hand, no pain can surpass the pain they have felt being away from you. Last but not least, beat around the bush about the situation, pretending that its not happening, but after that, laugh about it with them and keep them in the best spirits, for to dwell on a bad situation is to believe that it wont get better, but it definately will. Life goes on no matter how far you fall, and with the support of friends and family, you get back up and walk on. With God on your side, everything is possible. Pray hard, love strong, and live beautifully.

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

seeing my mother's happy reaction to all the ocrf has done, and her being able to relate to other ovarian cancer survivors through its networking.

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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8 people found this review helpful

My mother died of ovarian cancer in June 2007. The OCRF was our first choice of charity to ask mourners to donate to in her name. My family was frustrated at the relative lack of funding for ovarian cancer research, and were glad to find the OCRF. The OCRF has a solid foundation of corporate sponsors, and is excellent at communicating with their members on the latest advances against this disease.

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

I have met the former executive director and several staff members at US Women Triathlon Series races, and can attest first hand to their professionalism and dedication to their cause.

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

the clear commitment and dedication of their staff. They've personally reached out to our family, and are great about communicating with their membership.

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

professional, enthusiastic and dedicated.

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

fund even more researchers to find a cure, and a means of early detection.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

My mother died from ovarian cancer and I greatly appreciate all the funding provided by OCRF to facilitate research towards the cure of this insidious disease.

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

that I have read the research updates and it keeps me informed as to what progress is being made in this area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Brilliant Donna Karan and Fabulous Kelly Ripa make Super Saturday a fund raising event that is outrageously successful on all levels -- it raises a ton of money, awareness, and it's all good on all levels for all ages. It's a truly astonishingly well conceived, brilliantly executed event for a cause that needs all the expertise, attention and money it can get.

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

seeing progress in ovarian cancer research.

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

not change a thing.

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

it's good on all levels for all people involved.

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

smart, sophisticated, helpful, kind, generous.

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

cure ovarian cancer or come pretty close to it.

Ways to make it better...

I'd worn more sunscreen to the last Super Saturday.

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

that they'll be so successful, ovarian cancer will be a thing of the past. YAY.

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

Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa are fabulous.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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12 people found this review helpful

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is rated tops among charitable organizations, because of the extremely low percentage of every dollar donated going toward administrative overhead. Also, OCRF keeps me informed, through weekly newsletters and invitations to special events, of progress in its funding efforts, in research for better treatments, and ultimately a cure. Based in an academic research community, I believe that OCRF is uniquely positioned to be the most progressive and successful research organization in the quest for a cure for ovarian cancer.

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

being regularly informed of its fundraising events and progress in its research efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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