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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm fortunate to have been a volunteer board member with Concern Foundation since 2003. It's a special feeling to be a part of a grassroots organization that's consistently & successfully funding cancer research at top institutions around the world WITHOUT spending unnecessary amounts of money on things like administration, promotions or celebrity talent.

I was first introduced to the organization in 1999 when I was invited to that summer's block party (Concern's major annual event) by the person who has since become president of Concern. At the time, I worked under him in the music industry and we became friends. I was blown away by how special the event was - not only was it a fun event with a ton of great food, but it was the least fundraiser-y type of fundraising event I'd ever attended. It just had a great energy and I couldn't wait to attend again. It was hard to believe you could have this much fun while helping to cure cancer. I returned in 2000.

Unfortunately, I had no idea how soon cancer would slap me in the face. In 2001, right before my mom turned 58, she was diagnosed out of the blue with terminal lung cancer. She was a health & fitness nut who hadn't smoked since her early 30s. After a year in Chicago as her caregiver, I returned to LA after her death, attended the 2002 block party, and again felt that great feeling that a Concern event makes you feel. I made it clear I wanted to get involved....and by the next year had joined the board.

The organization is filled with people who share the common goal of conquering cancer asap. It's good people who care. It's not a corporate environment - it's like friends getting together to do good while everyone who attends has fun...whether it's at the big main event, a regular meeting, or any of the many other events Concern is a part of - from the LA Marathon to taking kids with cancer to Universal Studios or throwing them a Christmas party with Santa and dancing.

Concern is a great organization with great people pushing cancer research forward - so I hope people discover as a result of this website.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since 1976, Concern Foundation has provided vital support for our researchers and for our psychosocial programs at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases (CCCBD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The CCCBD is one of the largest and top ranked pediatric cancer centers in the U.S. Our success is enabled by the generous support of Concern Foundation. The extraordinary impact of this partnership will continue into the future as the scientific breakthroughs that Concern helps to foster are translated into improved survival and better quality of life for children with cancer and their families in Los Angeles and around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have all been touched by someone fighting cancer and we appreciate the research and medical breakthroughs taking place as a result of the tireless work of Concern. That’s why BUZZBAR is proud to support Concern and its work which gives hope to so many. Plus, it’s a darn good party!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Concern Foundation for over 40 years! It's amazing to see how the next generation of 20 and 30 year olds are now also passionately involved.

I'm proud to support the very important work Concern is doing funding research, but what makes this organization stand apart from other charities related to cancer are the incredible ways Concern helps families dealing with this devastating disease.  Concern Foundation is an organization that takes it's mission seriously and infuses every event and community outreach effort with"heart."

Courtney79

Board Member

Rating: 5

Concern Foundation is an incredible organization that dedicates it resources to funding cancer research all around the world. I have been so fortunate to have been a volunteer since before I was even born and to see the difference that these researchers have made in the fight against cancer is incredible. My mom, a now 1 1-year cancer survivor, is alive today thanks to the work that has been done to help find a cure.

Jmariam45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No one comes to the Concern Foundation because they give away great T-shirts…actually that’s not true…they’ve always given away great T-shirts…You come to Concern because you’ve lost a family member or a lifelong friend to Cancer…My mother came to Concern 35 years ago..I thank myself quite often that she found this organization…Cancer has taken one half of my immediate family from me…From my grandmother in her 80’s to my sister in her 30’s,,Concern taught me that Cancer has no friends..and the only way to try to get even with it…was to fight the beast head on…Concern taught me that there was an evil out there…It affects you…your kids..and if we don’t find a way to deal with this daemon…their kids too…It’s like a voice saying ”Step up to the plate…It’s time to get in the game” They taught me that this doesn’t have to be work..Concern became a family ..always working together..on great events…like what I call the hottest ticket of the summer with their annual block party…That raises close to $2 million dollars in one night for Cancer researcher..to walking with Team Concern in the L.A. Marathon to raise money for the best and brightest young researchers to be funded while they help in the search for a cure…
Each year for the past 17 years I’ve felt honored to be one of the volunteers who take kids from L.A.’s cancer hospitals to Universal Theme Park…I feel the same way about being able to help with these kid’s Christmas party that Concern holds each year…Concern has taught me how to take this terrible situation and turn it into a rewarding experience..Concern has taught me that we probably won’t find a cure for this monster during our time on this planet..But through our own efforts to help the researchers make the progress that they are capable of…maybe the next generation might have a fighting chance to be able to deal with it…
I’ve often said that Concern volunteers give their time…in a search for a cure…for those who have so little of their own time left…Great people…doing Great things…in a Great organization…Thanks Concern
Joseph Mariam

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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..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering at the holiday party for the past 2 years. The children and families have so much fun and are so appreciative of what Concern does. Concern is a wonderful nonprofit organization and I feel blessed that I am able to be a part of what they do for these incredibly deserving families.

msmassi

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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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.

Lisa628

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Concern since 1982. We were called Concern II back then and we were the 'kids' of the parent organization Concern Foundation. To join a group of pioneers where young people started an organization to get other young people involved and truly pay it forward before anyone knew what that meant, was a privilege and honor. We have since merged with our parent organization and now we see kids and grand-kids involved. To say that Concern has put smiles on kids faces during the most challenging of times is an understatement and I am so glad that I do what I can and witness those special memorable moments. Derek Alpert has always said it best, we want to be put out of business...G-d hoping in our lifetime. Until then Thank G-d for this organization and the amazing members that give so much of themselves and yet the return is immeasurable when you see the smiles and see the healing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been extremely fortunate to get linked up with Concern. I have been a volunteer at Concern for over 20 years now. There is no better feeling than seeing kids smile on two of Concerns biggest events; their Christmas Holiday Party and the day at Universal Studios. $0.95 of every dollar goes into funding Cancer Research. The Concern Block Party is one of the best events I have ever been to. Every year they raise more and more money towards funding cancer research.

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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Concern Foundation for over 20 years. They have the most amazing events for patients and families, as well as the FANTASTIC annual block party fundraiser. I love that the organization has 4 generations working together to raise funds for cancer research. I am involved in several other charities throughout the community, and Concern Foundation is the best organization I have ever been involved in.

Barry21

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a founding member of CONCERN FOUNDATION. I have watched with great pride how we have grown over these last many many years. The people we have helped both young & old have never cease to amaze me. I am proud of the wonderful research that CONCERN has been apart of.
Our block party & Marathon have raised many Millions of dollars

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to be one of the restaurants that donates to Concern Events, mainly the Annual Block Party. My restaurant is Factor's Famous Deli and I have been working with Concern for over 32 years! It is such a wonderful organization that has continued to grow and strive and always fight for the cause against Cancer. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful group of hard working and determined individuals who come together and make such a difference. Going to one of the hospitals and seeing them give a big check to a Dr. who is doing research to make a difference gave me such hope for the future. Keep up the amazing work and you can always count on Factor's Deli to be there when needed. Thanks again, Debbie Ullman

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Concern many many years ago through family friends who were board members and Donors. I saw what they did from the outside. I now am honored and blessed to be a board member, on the front lines seeing the ins and outs first hand. Knowing that 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to cancer research makes this organization even more remarkable. Every person, regardless of their role is beyond committed to finding a cure. I couldn't ask for a better organization to be a part of.

Mar Y.

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to partner with and volunteer for the Concern Foundation for the past 9 years. Out of all of the nonprofits I have had experience with Concern is by far my favorite. They are loyal, trustworthy, determined, hardworking, and caring. It feels like a little community and I am so lucky to be a part of it. I have loved volunteering in the past and seeing the joy on cancer patients and their families faces. What is even more moving is, after working hard on their annual Block Party, seeing how much money was raised and how it is impacting cancer researchers around the world.

Eden A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Concern Foundation is one that's close to my heart as well as my family and daughters. We've been supporting Concern since I was a teenager. What they do year after year is nothing short of pure dedication and love.
The events they do to raise money are fun for all especially the children and Their families. Concern feels that at Christmas the whole family should share in the fun since it's usually the child who's sick can sometimes be the main focus taking a bit away from other family members. The Christmas event allows for the whole family to come and enjoy the sprit of the Holidays. The president of Concern is truly a special man who's totally given his life to finding the cures for this horrible and deadly disease. Derek Alpert loves to run the L.A Marathon to raise money as well as dress up as Santa and take gifts to the children at Children's hospital. This lights up the lives of so many young children. It's beautiful to see. The biggest event they do yearly is an event all must attend at Paramount Studios on the back lot. I think in the last 30 years I've only missed about 5. I could go on and on. I strongly suggest that you come and see for yourself. Full of Heart and a true mission

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to express my enthusiasm and profound respect for this organization!

I have been volunteering with them for the past several years and have watched patients and their families experience so many wonderful benefits from their connection to the Concern Foundation. It has been nothing short of an honor to be a part of the process.

Patients and their respective families that are connected to the Concern Foundation not only receive financial assistance, but they also have a built-in community of support via fellow patients, volunteers and employees of the organization. It is a safe place to be expressive and vulnerable but also to discover strength, persistence, gratitude and love.

The Concern Foundation is lacking in pretense, but provides joy and hope in abundance. They provide exceptional annual events for their pediatric Cancer patients ranging from a fun-filled day of adventure at Universal Studios to their incredible holiday celebration. Their fundraising is done with supreme generosity and unparalleled methdologies such as the block party or the 5k.

I am incredibly proud to be a part of the community that Derek Alpert and his team have built (and continue to build.) They are among the people that I consider extraordinary in this life. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for inspiring my continued commitment to their cause because I have witnessed first-hand the courage, compassion and energy that they bestow on the people that need them most.

-Sarah Ponder -

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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.