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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: To provide a platform to enable individuals to donate directly to specific medical research projects and programs, advancing medical progress and empowering individual action.

Results: Over 50 research projects listed Over 30 health categories represented Over 25 academic institutions involved

Target demographics: medical research

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over $1M raised since our launch in March of 2013

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Consano.org enables individuals to directly support specific research projects that matter to them in a variety of health categories from a variety of academic institutions. Each project is vetted by our Scientific Advisory Board. We fund Consano expenses separately to ensure that your entire donation goes to the research project you choose to support.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a cancer survivor, I have found great comfort in the work that Consano is doing. Their mission speaks volumes To both myself and my loved ones. As a health care professional, I am deeply aligned with the goals and work that Consano puts forth.

Mindy9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Consano is an amazing non-profit. The founder, their board, everyone involved in this organization believe in what they are doing, and they are able to demonstrate their impact. Funding is highly competitive in the world of research. Often times researchers will forgo an amazing project or idea because they know it won't be funded by the big funders (NIH, big pharma, etc). The bottom line is every available project on Consano's site has been vetted, and reviewed by dedicated experts, including patient experts (because isn't that what this is for?). Every donor can give to any project of interest through with total confidence. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful organization and the people who continue to push the boundaries of what's possible.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Consano submission process was excellent and user friendly. Even though we were ultimately unable to list our project (due to our internal reasons, not Consano), the folks here were amazing and helpful with troubleshooting. I wholeheartedly support consano's role in bringing research to the general public. It's such an important and needed thing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Consano has not only provided a platform for me to raise funds for suicide prevention research in honor of my late husband, but also a source of healing. Being able to turn my traumatic loss into a cause for good has given me a sense of peace and healing on my grief journey. The people behind Consano are amazingly genuine, transparent and meaningfully intentional!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Consano allows much needed medical research to be crowd-funded by interested people who want to make a difference— unlike anything else!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a physician scientist who does basic research in cancer biology. Consano contacted me shortly after I had started my lab and I proposed a project centering on causes of cancer metastasis. From the beginning, it was a true pleasure working with them. They are professional, smart, and really believe in the crowdfunding cause. As I was completely new to this area, they walked me through the whole process. It opened my eyes to a new way of funding important but difficult areas of research. This has made a big difference to my lab and few organizations I've worked with have been so consistent in their mission and dedication to improving research and health.

Rare Genomics Institute

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Molly came to speak at our conference early this year to discuss the amazing work that she does . Her success in funding science and making research patient-centric helps not only the patients, but galvanizes all people to work together. She is a beautiful person that brings such sweet passion while at the same time produces valuable results.

Krista25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate that all the money donated for research projects goes directly to those projects. I don't know of a more worthy charity, so full of integrity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit started by a true warrior! So grateful to be connected to good in the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a cancer survivor I cannot think of a more worthy cause than Consano! Their mission to give 100% of donations to specific medical research projects is so unique and impressive. They will always have my vote!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that I can choose the projects that my money will support, many of which (sadly) have personally affected me and those I love. I also love that this nonprofit was founded out of a personal experience, and that Molly was brave enough to share her story and want to help others.

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose Consano because I'm able to donate directly to medical research -- research that will make a true difference in people's lives and research that's meaningful to my family.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very transparent organization with unparalleled ethics and heart. Lets people choose scientific research to support and also share their own stories -- truly healing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well vetted, professional and intelligent people-oriented non profit. Also run by some real nice people!

Martha40

Donor

Rating: 5

After Molly's cancer diagnosis, Molly and her husband, Scott built a unique and innovative nonprofit that continues the march forward to find treatments and potential cures. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! Their work is inspiring.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization we support 100% - you always feel good about it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Molly is truly an inspirational leader. I admire the work she and Consano do for the community at large. She even helped me find a study that was the right fit for my fundraiser during National Cancer Research month.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Consano makes it possible for each of us to make a difference in medical research, which has historically been the work of massive grant making organizations and government entities. Consano's transparency, serious project vetting process, and the fact that 100% of donations go straight to the projects make it possible to take all the guess work out so that you can I can help fund the medical advances we care about the most.

Geoff3

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that gives you the ability to not only give to medical research but allows you to choose the research project that your donation is going towards.

Paul144

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Consano performs a unique role of connecting philanthropically minded people with the medical researchers that are making a difference. Something getting ever harder to do as our society devalues medical research. We will all pay the price in the long run if we stop funding independent research. They are already doing great things, but are on the cusp of exploding on the crowd funding scene. Spread the word!

Jennifer387

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Consano not only brings awareness to the public but allows those who are choosing to make a difference, through donations, know and decide exactly where you would like your donations to be focused. Not only is Consano a great and worthy organization; it is a phenomenal model of how all non-profit organizations should practice. Thank you to founder Molly Lindquist for an organization worth supporting.

Donor

Rating: 5

Consano is doing amazing work! I frequently visit their webpage to learn about the latest exciting research that is happening across the country.

Jessica191

Donor

Rating: 5

The concept allows donors to be involved in various ways and the transparency in where you donation goes is a practice all nonprofits should adopt.

Shelley20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Consano founder Molly Lindquist has created a mechanism for directing donations to carefully vetted medical projects and organizations. She is SO passionate about her mission and epitomizes the strength needed to face and overcome incredible challenges. This is a wonderful organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Donating was the easy part. Consano's site is clear, easy to navigate and informative. The difficult part on any 'giving site' is to feel comfortable sharing your 'story'. Consano encouraged me to share my personal thoughts on how I have been able to cope with my cancers. I commend Molly Lindquist for her ability to drive this very important and innovative crowd funding platform.

Michelle261

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Consano was started by a fellow sister survivor of mine that also had breast cancer. Consano has created a revolutionary way of helping raise funds for cancer research with a crowd funding platform. This provides much needed funding for early research and full transparency.
Michelle

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's refreshing to find an organization that pursues transparency in healthcare. Molly's story is one of great courage and the way she has made meaning out of the cause that found her is just incredible and so very inspiring.

LeaAnn B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Consano is an innovative non-profit organization founded out of love, sweat and tears. The monies donated specifically target the area of medical research that is important to the donor. This targeted funding helps the cause as well as the donor... Something that is sorely missing in many other non-profits.

Consano is a genuine and worthy vehicle to drive your donation to where you want. I don't know of a more passionate and compassionate group of people.

Sarah141

Donor

Rating: 5

I am happy to donate to this groundbreaking organization. From their thoughtfulness in choosing projects to fund to their personal commitment to the public for a better and healthier society. I am impressed, and I follow their actions diligently. With this momentum and the continued support from the public, I hope to see Consano rise to the very top.

Jeremy20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Consano is near and dear to my heart as the entire concept gives me a peace of mind as to where donation dollars are being spent...there are no political or governmental agendas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Consano has allowed us to direct our donations to specific needs that we have felt deserved attention. It allows us to have total control over how and where our donation money is spent... fantastic idea and well run organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Consano is filling a gap in medical research fundraising by connecting individual donors to medical causes they care about. It does this with integrity, due diligence and operational efficiency. Consano demonstrates that nonprofits can leverage technology to address old problems in new ways and un-tap new pathways for impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing idea for a nonprofit. It's so great that I can donate to a specific research project and know exactly where my money is going, and that I can then get updates from the researchers on the projects I'm interested in. It makes me feel personally connected to the project, and I love that.

Donor

Rating: 5

Consano makes it so easy to donate to medical research. Donors know exactly where their money is going. If you're like me and wonder how, with so many talented and dedicated people in this world, that terrible and heart-breaking diseases still persist, Consano brings the heroes to light, and gives us all hope and confidence that there will be cures one day. I believe with Consano it will happen faster.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I donate through Consano I am contributing directly to finding a cure. No big events or administrations or ad campaigns. Money to science to stop bad things. Simple and awesomely powerful.

Carol124

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never shared my story before Consano. I am so grateful for the ability to designate my donation to a research project I believe in! Type one Diabetes can be cured. Read my blog on Consano. Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

This Organization has provided hope for many who are working so hard to find a way to save many from their suffering. Cancer rears up in so many parts of the body and each need a special treatment..
The trick is that someone has to put years into searching for that cure.
Consano had the vision to find a source to help those researchers.Good going.

Donor

Rating: 5

What could be better than an organization that allows people like me to help fund ground breaking research that will eventually lead to reductions in cancers? Founded by a family directly impacted by breast cancer, Consano is the ultimate give-back for a second chance at life. And it allows those of us who are not wealthy, but have also been affected by cancer, to have a direct shot at helping others.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that funnels for your donation dollars directly to medical research projects. I like that the projects are vetted by experts, and that the money is going straight to the projects. The updates from the researchers are great too; they help you understand how your dollars are making an impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

Consano is a fantastic way for individuals to donate directly to medical researchers. The project descriptions let you know what disease(s) are being targeted and what, specifically, the money being raised will go towards. You can find researchers studying those conditions that you are passionate about for personal reasons, or learn about new ones that are just as worth of your investment. The projects are updated and added to frequently. On Consano's website, you can also see stories from people whose lives have been touched by many of the illnesses being studied. It's inspiring, heartwarming, and bittersweet. When I donated recently, I even received a very rapid thank you directly from one of the labs I supported, and the PI offered an avenue for donors to directly contact them through email about research. As a researcher in the natural (nonmedical) sciences, that kind of connection is amazing! Finally, funding for scientific research has rapidly dwindled in our current economic climate, and thinking about the setbacks this could cause for medical progress is frustrating and frightening. Consano offers you a way to do something about that as well. Support loved ones facing health challenges, support science research, support medical progress!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Consano provides an easy way for individuals to direct their donation to specific medical research projects that matter to them, giving donors the ultimate in transparency -- 100% of each project donation goes directly to support research and connection -- donors receive quarterly updates from the researcher throughout the life of the project. And I know that every research project is high quality and important because each project is vetted by Consano's 28 member volunteer Scientific Advisory Board. There is no question that Consano makes complex medical science accessible, relatable, and understandable to the public, giving all of us the opportunity to work together to advance medical progress.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Consano since its inception. Consano is extremely transparent and uncomplicated. Individuals can browse the site to view the various research projects listed for a variety of illnesses. Anyone can donate any amount to the project that resonates with them, and then receive on-going updates about the project directly from the researcher. 100% of all donations go directly to the project chosen (minus a minimal fee PayPal takes to process the transaction), so there is no question what your money has funded. I think it's amazing that Consano doesn't take one cent from the donations made to projects...their overhead is funded by completely separate donations. I am so proud to be a volunteer for this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Medical research is vitally important. It's provided us with treatments for conditions that used to devastate us, and provides us with constant hope of finding treatments for new conditions. It's also complicated, disbursed among institutions across the country, and difficult for regular people to even know about, let alone access. Consano solves each of these issues. It finds medical research projects dealing with a variety of conditions, has a Scientific Advisory Board that reviews projects to ensure they're scientifically sound, and enables you to donate directly to those researchers. It's a brilliantly simple model that empowers anyone who wishes to donate directly to a project that matters to them.

Janelle T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the only way to donate money to the organizations you believe in because the money goes directly towards the cause you want to help! You can browse through the list of projects and then easily donate to the one that relates to you!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great company that puts the money that is donated directly to the researchers that are working on treatments and cures for various diseases. You pick the research project that interests you, get to know a bit about the researcher involved and know that your money is going directly to the project. You can receive updates if you wish about the project. I have donated to projects ranging from pediatric cancers, lung transplant research and pediatric diabetes. I have donated in memory of friends and family and their families have appreciated the gift. It is a wonderful company, easy to use website and I highly recommend it