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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

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michael L.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the author of 19 books on business excellence, I feel qualified to comment on a well-run organization.

Over the last ten years I've watched the Concern Foundation function tirelessly, ceaselessly, and passionately on behalf of a cancer cure.

I have the highest respect for the Concern Foundation and Derick Alpert.

Warmly,
Michael Levine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Concern for over 30 years, and I continue to be amazed by the work they do. It is rare to find an organization that will give $.95 of every dollar directly to researchers. This is an organization deeply rooted in community and a commitment to fight cancer that is unparalleled. As someone who has been deeply affected by cancer, I am so grateful that Concern Foundation is funding research that has, and will continue to, positively impact the prognosis of cancer patients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. The best in raising much needed funds for cancer research. Fabulous commitment to all children suffering the ravishes of cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Concern for many years. You won’t find a more professional, caring, and invested group of people anywhere. They dedicate their lives to raising money to help find a cure, and it shows in everything they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It all starts with great leaders, and the Concern Foundation is led by one of the best. Passionate about the organization’s mission and goals, Concern is led by a president who has a keen sense of responsibility and personal integrity. He’s inspirational through a clear vision and strategy that motivates our community and young researchers nationwide to action in the fight against cancer. He’s dedicated and humble and leads an exceptionally dedicated volunteer group and small staff in raising money for cancer research and outreach activities to honor children struggling with cancer. Through the president’s leadership, the Concern Foundation has established itself as a premier and top performing charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely well-organized events and great communication with donors.

ALLL

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about Concern Foundation many years ago through family friends that were involved. I attended events and saw from the periphery what Concern was all about, so I thought. I then became more involved and began to volunteer and saw another side. Concern and its partners at every level do their absolute best to raise much needed money to grant research and continue to raise awareness regarding how we can all conquer together. Cancer is something that unfortunately impacts everyone and unites all of us in some way. Concern Foundation does an exemplary job of caring about all who are involved, the patients, families, scientists, volunteers, donors and board members alike. Everyone is involved and working together to fight the fight to conquer cancer now.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Concern Foundation is committed to helping to eradicate cancer in the long term, and alleviate the pain and suffering of this disease in the short term. Their successfu fundraising efforts translates directly into research and programmatic dollars that positively impact the field of oncology. The leadership and staff have unwavering commitment to their constituents and volunteers, and it has been a pleasure working alongside them for the past five years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the 2018 Concern Foundation Block Party (my first), and in doing so, joined a small army of folks who have been coming together year after year (some for decades) to help CF raise money for cancer research. The volunteer staff spanned multiple generations and many walks of life and shared a singular enthusiasm to support this amazing event and organization. I worked alongside folks who had been volunteering with Concern Foundation since its inception and I bonded with others who, like me, were there for the first time.

70 companies came out to donate their services transforming Paramount Studios' New York City lot into the biggest, tastiest food fair/concert/art show I've ever been to. This year's theme was superheroes and the excitement definitely got to me as I made the rookie mistake of eating way too much before getting even halfway down the first block. There is SO MUCH to try, I vow to pace myself next year! Realizing my mistake, I headed toward the auction to check out the art and maybe take a stab at the Bruno Mars tix but I got completely distracted by the Batmobile on display. Also, there was a tequila bar. I never made it to the auction since shortly after the batmobile, I met up with my wife at which point we became Mr. and Mrs. Pac Man eating our way down the streets.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Concern Foundation is incredible! Every year the president dresses up as Santa Claus in both the winter and the summer to celebrate christmas with kids in the hospital - I love it!

Donor

Rating: 5

Concern is THE BEST!! Terrific team and Derek is incredible!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Concern for over 10 years and they are one of the best organizations in Los Angeles. They put on great events and over 95 cents of every dollar that they raise goes to support cancer research. I'm proud to support an organization like that and I'm always promoting them to my friends and family.

Heidi A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've worked for Concern, volunteered for Concern and fund-raised for Concern. I have a lifetime commitment to Concern Foundation because they put their money where their mouth is. They are DOING not just talking. They keep the overhead low and the funds going to the researchers. And then to further their service to the community they hold numerous events annually to help pediatric cancer patients and their families escape the day-to-day challenges of fighting the disease. They are also awesome to their volunteers and show them the love and respect they deserve. They go above and beyond and are inspiring a new generation of volunteers and board members to join the fight. Concern is the real deal and a safe bet if you are looking for someplace to give your money or your time to.

Lisi S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of Concern Foundation for 40 years. I never thought I would be a cancer patient let alone a survivor, it is because of the research we support that I am still here today. I have been the Board Chair for the past 3 years. What a honor it has been to head this amazing organization that has been supporting young researchers for 50 years.

Donor

Rating: 5

Concern Foundation takes cancer research seriously and puts their money where their mouth is! Every dollar that comes in from the fund raising efforts is put to research efforts fighting cancer! The low cost that is spent to run this not for profit company allows more than 90-95% of the dollars raised to GO TOWARD RESEARCH! Concern Foundation is one of the best in the business of fighting cancer and I believe that cures will come from their efforts over the coming decades! Great work, Concern! Thank you for doing what you do.

msmassi

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Concern. They raise money to help fund research to find a cure to cancer. We receive letters every day from researchers who have benefited from these funds who have gone on to find biomarkers, new treatments, and other important findings to conquering cancer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with Concern since I was a little kid. They are such an integral part of funding cancer research. My husband and I were lucky enough to join the board two years ago and proudly share our WHY we are involved story. Cancer has touched both my family as well as my husband's family and knowing that 95% of funds raised will go directly to cancer research to help find cures is so important. I am proud to be part of the Concern family!

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Barry21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became involved with Concern in the seventies. Jackie Gottlieb came to me and asked if I'd like to eradicate the terrible effects of cancer. I immediately said yes and so began a forty plus year relationship as Concern's photographer. It has been an educational, intellectual, and emotional experience. Concern is part of my family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer photographer for CONCERN for over forty years. $.95 for every dollar raised going to fund cancer research is hard to beat. They are focused on immunological efforts to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. The people I've met are wonderful and all are dedicated to the common cause. This is a group of spectacular people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this group for many, many years! I love the work that they do and love even more being able to volunteer and see the kids! I have made a lot of great life long friends and met my husband in this group also!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with and donor of Concern Foundation for close to 30 years. When it comes to raising money for cancer research, Concern Foundation rises above other organizations in terms of effeciency of funds raised and furthering its mission. I have no doubt that one day we will find a "cure" for cancer, and with the support of Concern Foundation I am hopefully that that day will come very soon.

Mar Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Concern Foundation more than five years ago and have since had the privilege to see the work that they do and how hard everyone works, including foundation president Derek Alpert. (That's a photo of us at this year's annual block party fundraiser!) His tireless work along with that of every person involved in this organization is inspiring. From holiday celebrations for children battling cancer to the annual fundraising party at Paramount Studios, Concern always manages to put a smile on people's faces even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Also, it's important to note that 90 to 95 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to fund cancer research scientists so that a cure can finally be discovered.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the media (television & online), I was first introduced to Concern Foundation about six years ago through a volunteer publicist who was looking for coverage on the foundation's Block Party fundraiser at the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. I was so impressed with the organization's president, Derek Alpert, along with everyone else involved, that I've since been covering the event year after year. I have also participated as one of the emcees for the live auction.

I get asked to cover many charitable organizations, but Concern Foundation really shines above so many others. They demonstrate supreme integrity, love and compassion, and I am so grateful to have become just a very small part of the wonderful work they do.

The fact that 95% of donations go DIRECTLY to cancer research is a testament to their commitment to help the millions of men, women and children who are battling cancer in all its forms.

I wholeheartedly vote for Concern Foundation as one of the best non-profits in the world!