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Concern Foundation for cancer research

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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 800 gifted cancer researchers at major institutions locally, nationally, and around the world. With $.95 cents of every dollar being given to research, over $65 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 $65 million for cancer research and has awarded funds to over 800 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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I manage the Charity Program for the Los Angeles Marathon. Concern Foundation is a long time partner, consistently one of our highest fundraising organizations and one of the most organized and innovative nonprofits that we work with. They are dedicated and passionate about their cause, and I absolutely love working with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I worked for Concern 10 years ago and after leaving I have never stopped supporting this organization. I've worked for A LOT of nonprofits and rarely continue to support them after I move on but something about Concern held onto me and I'm pretty sure I will continue to support them for the rest of my life.
1. They keep the overhead low
2. They not only fund research but they hold events to support local families living with sick children.
3. They are transparent with how they run the organization and are careful with the funds their donors entrust to them.
These are my top 3 reasons for giving them my time and my money. This organization embodies the term "Great Nonprofit" and when your family and friends have been ravaged by cancer the way mine have, you want to give to an organization that is truly searching for new ways to fight the disease.

Alexandra B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having had an aunt who fought and overcame cancer, I was so moved to hear about Concern Foundation and what they do. I worked during their Block Party in the Paramount Studios Back Lot this year and it was amazing to see how many people came together to raise money for cancer research. Music, food, and a colorful venue, you could feel the change happening. Concern Foundation brings out the best in people and I look forward to working with them again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Concern Foundation, its staff and Board Members have long been my favorite non profit organization because of their never ending support for Cancer research. They continue to impress with their desire to genuinely make a difference in the fight for those afflicted by all types of cancer. The researchers they fund have made great strides in development of new treatments which have either cured, put in remission or prolonged lives of patients around the globe. The staff is constantly coming up with new ideas on fund raising and increasing donations year after year. I am humbled to have been a volunteer to witness the children touched by cancer who have had the opportunity to enjoy the Concern Christmas party at Universal Studios. Their joy brings tears and a realization that we must all do what we can to save and enrich the lives of humanity however we are able!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first took notice of this organization when I was tasked with helping plan their annual Block Party at my place of employment. What started out as a mere business arrangement, has developed into friendship and a passion for helping people. After planning that first event with Concern, I wanted to get more involved with what they do because anyone who is trying to help cure cancer is a great person in my book. I joined their Concern Now organization, began volunteering at their events, and even ran a 5K with them. Little did I know that a few years later I would need their help more than ever when my own father would be diagnosed with cancer that would kill him within a year. This group is there to support you, cry with you, and most importantly - CURE CANCER!

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 36 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

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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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Jackie G.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

i gave birth to concern foundation for cancer research..we were not yet 40 years of age...and 14 couples got together to honor a dear friend.....50 years later we truly say 95 pennies out of every 100 go directly to the microscope..no bricks...no motor...just research world wide....on all types of cancer...we are like a family working together to "CONQUER CANCER NOW"

Nancy B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Concern Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven organization conceived in 1968 by a group of friends who wanted to make sure their dollars counted in the fight against cancer.

With 90-95% of net proceeds (based on 2017 financial audit) going directly to research, Concern has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer, primarily in the areas of cancer genetics, cell biology, and immunology.

With only 4 paid employees and the rest volunteers, as a team they get it all done. From the annual block party fundraiser, to the children’s holiday party, universal day, la marathon, and many more events throughout the year, Concern Foundation is number one!

msmassi

Board Member

Rating: 5

Concern is one of the most amazing organizations I have ever been a part of. They raise money to support new cancer research. They are dedicating to finding cures.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Concern since I was a teenager. My family was one of the founders. This organization has never used more than 5% of money donated each year for staff, office incidentals etc. The money raised is given to deserving people research cancer cures for various cancers. It is a great organization that few measure up to

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the Concern Foundation for a number of year's now. Not only do they consistently strive to raise funds for cancer research, but you can clearly see how passionate their staff is in pursuing their company's mission statement. Their enthusiasm in connecting with various researchers, doctors and scientists looing for a cure can be seen everyday.

Their entire staff and team is one that is amazing to work with and its great to see how glad their volunteers are in working together for a great cause.

Their president Derek Alpert says it best: their goal is to one day be out of business, which will be once a cure for cancer is found and made public.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Concern Foundation block party was a blast. The entertainment was great along with the amazing food. I had such great Gyu-kaku. All the activities were extremely fun including the silent auction, even though I didn’t win anything. My favorite part of the event was the amount of money they raise for cancer research while honoring all the donors. Overall I would rate this a 10/10 experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Concern Foundation's Block Party this past summer (2019). I had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed all of the food and activities they had to offer! There was no shortage of delicious food and drinks from so many different vendors. More than anything, though, I loved the cause that I was able to support while at this event and their track record with raising incredible amounts of money for cancer research is really inspiring. I can tell that this nonprofit is one that truly cares about its cause and the events that they put on reflect that.

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.