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Causes: Health, Health Support, Nerve, Muscle & Bone Diseases, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: To be a premier source of information on lupus by providing programs ana services designated to educate and increase the knowledge of those affected by lupus, promote lupus awareness, and support external lupus research efforts.

Target demographics: lupus patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Northern California

Programs: support services, education events, advocacy activity and research.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 cvonraesfeld

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had it not been for the amazing people at the LFNC I may have spiraled out of control. In a period filled with panic attacks, high anxiety and multiple brain issues they kept me grounded. The support group has been an amazing resource and is inclusive of everyone, No one is ever turned away for lack of resources which puts this in the top of the Lupus Organizations. There is always a friendly face or a welcoming voice and plenty of food! A great organization to get involved with whether you are a patent or just looking for more information.

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lfnc Thank you, Christine! Your hard work for lupus patients everywhere inspires the staff each day.

Mylene Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LFNC has made great strides and a difference here in Sacramento. Erin and the LFNC team helped spread awareness right here at our State Capitol! In 2016 Senator Moorlach supported SR- 65 which designated the month of May as "California Lupus Awareness Month".
And this year LFNC received support from Assembly Member David Chiu who introduced HR-36 to recognize May as Lupus Awareness Month again! Thank you LFNC for spreading awareness and connecting our communities :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I became an empty nester and considered volunteering, I noticed a flyer in my doctor's office for the LFNC 5k Walk/Run. Since I have Lupus, I thought this would be a perfect place for me to volunteer. As it turns out, I was right. The LFNC has a small staff of welcoming, caring, friendly and comforting individuals. I enjoy volunteering whenever I can when needed.

In my interaction with the other volunteers, I have been able to learn about Lupus and how differently it affects each individual when it comes to medications and illnesses. I have a better understanding of how fortunate I have been in living with Lupus.

I appreciate the LFNC for all the support they provide with outreach classes, seminars and the Buddy Program. I enjoy participating in a few of the fundraising activities they have such as the 5k Run/Walk and the Gala. What a gift it is to have the LFNC in the Bay Area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at the Lupus Foundation of Northern California all have a gift of making every encounter personalized. There is an immediate sense of genuine caring for whatever issue they are assisting with which is extremely important when dealing with a disease like lupus. I facilitate a support group in Sacramento and they are always willing to go above and beyond for any needs I have for my support group in general or for the individuals that need help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lupus Foundation of Northern California does such great work for the lupus community. They provide the latest information on lupus research through mini conferences, programs for people living with lupus to connect with each other one on one, and fun fundraisers! Without them, I wouldn't have a lupus support group meeting.

3 sobz03

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year, the professionalism, dedication, and hard work exemplified by the LFNC's staff continues to amaze me. It is clear that they care about lupus patients and creating an awareness of this autoimmune conditions in the community at large. They facilitate numerous patient education classes, support group meetings, fundraisers, walks and new programs. One of the newest programs to launch out of the LFNC is the Lupus Buddy Program in which patients are paired together as a personalized support system. The LFNC hosted a Buddy Program celebration with a Qi Gong specialist, a Chinese alliterative medicine specialist, and a therapist. The attendees loved the event! The LFNC is a place of support, trust, and care for many newly diagnosed and seasoned patients when no one else around them understands their disease and their journey with this disease. Thank you, LFNC!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your kind review. Your dedication and hard work on behalf of lupus patients helps us at LFNC to do our job and inspires us each day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LFNC is one of the greatest resources for people with lupus and for supporting lupus awareness. They are sweet, kind, caring, and intelligent people. I've never had a bad experience with them, and no matter how much I call them or how busy they are, they are always will to help--patiently in fact. As a volunteer, I know firsthand from testimonies people have felt urged to randomly give me that they regularly make a deep and impacting difference in the lives of lupus patients, their families, and their friends. Great job, and keep up the amazing work, LFNC!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My sister contacted LFNC over 20 years ago while living and working in SF and newly diagnosed. She's has had a journey and along the way LFNC has provided support and I'm so proud of of my sister. She now lives well with Lupus. Together we support and advocate for Lupus patients and are part of the amazing and dedicated Board and staff at LFNC. LFNC, thank you and keep up the great work for the Lupus community! I can't say enough about the dedication and commitment of LFNC!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your words and your long-time advocacy for the lupus community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very grateful for all the work that LFNC does for Lupus patients and their families over the years! A terrific group of dedicated, caring, committed staff and volunteers that provide education and support through their conferences, fundraisers/walk/run, and meetings. LFNC - truly provides support for patients, caregivers and the whole Lupus community. Keep up the great job! Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been volunteering for the foundation a few years. Staff are wonderful to work with. Before I started to volunteer, I didn't know anything about Lupus. The foundation is doing great work to support Lupus patient as well as promoting awareness. As a volunteer, I always have a great time helping out at the office or at the event. I also met other volunteers and they're so wonderful to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LFNC helped me to form a great support network. The staff is very helpful and effective in guiding patients to the right resources. The positive experience motivated me to take up volunteer roles at the LFNC after starting as a patient.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


The Lupus Foundation of Northern California has three staff: the Executive Director, the Communications Director and the Outreach Director. But each staff has made adjustments to ably and satisfactorily perform the tasks needed in the office as well as in the implementation of the various programs designed to bring awareness to the people about lupus and help lupus patients.

The Lupus Foundation of Northern California utilize and coordinate the volunteerism spirit of the community from the lupus patients themselves, volunteers who want to be a part of the program and professionals who share their expertise to help alleviate the conditions of the lupus patients. The Foundation is performing its fair share in bridging the gap... between lives with and without lupus far exceeding expectations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good people for a good cause. I've volunteered now at three fundraising events with the Lupus Foundation of Northern California. These events serve not just to raise money but awareness of lupus. That many of the staffers have lupus or have someone close who does makes it that much more deeply personal.

I've met some great people in the foundation. Everyone is cheerful and very accommodating! I feel that my efforts here are towards a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for a couple years now. It feels good to help others with the same disease my mother has. The community are always welcoming. We need to stay strong together to overcome this battle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoy being a volunteer for the LFNC. The staff welcomes you to be part of the "LFNC Family" and the other volunteers feel like family as well. Having Lupus, myself, I appreciate the effort to bring awareness to the community about this disease.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LFNC gave me the opportunity to start an internship with them and through this I was able to discover all the wonderful things they do. With a small staff and the help of clients and volunteers they are able to reach out to the community and make every single one of them feel welcome. Everyday their tremendous effort is seen and they make sure they make every one feels like family. The time I have spend as an intern with them has been marvelous and I am very thankful they gave me the opportunity to work with them.

Thank you LFNC for making a difference in our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LUPUS foundation of Northern California is a great non-profit organization. It offers very informative conferences, seminars to educate people on LUPUS. It also provides many helpful programs such as LUPUS support groups and 5K running etc. Just as its mission, this organization provides a center and resource and hope for people who are suffering with LUPUS, which I vote the highest 5 stars for nonprofit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In times of trouble, I’ve turned to the Lupus Foundation of Northern California for knowledge, advice, and comfort through special programs and the San Francisco Lupus Support Group/Sub Chapter, both of which I’ve been able to participate in. They've been given me opportunities to share my story at their conferences, in return I receive plenty of support. I’ve been a member of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) since 1999 (it was formerly known as the Bay Area Lupus Foundation). I’ve been co-facilitator of the San Francisco Sub Chapter for the past 10 years. Since my co-facilitator has moved to Sacramento this year, I now facilitate the support group. Thanks to them I was able to meet other facilitators around Northern California at our state capitol. We were able to share lupus stories and our ideas on how to improve what we do for our support group members.There’s a reason for why things happen—good or bad. I’ve always had a calling in life and that is to educate and spread awareness about lupus. The LFNC gives me the opportunity to fulfill this purpose. I am very thankful for the opportunities they give me!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a co-facilitator of the San Francisco Lupus Support Group. Without the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) our support group wouldn't exist. I am thankful to the LFNC b/c they've given ME the opportunity to spread lupus awareness not only through the support group but by giving me the honor to share my lupus story as a speaker at educational programs, fundraising events, and public Bay Area fairs. Their educational programs, as well as their website, online weekly newsletters, seasonal "Newsletter" magazines, Bay Area support groups, and their lupus library, unite not only lupus patients, but also the SF Bay area and outer Bay area communities. They help patients learn how to cope with lupus through their informative activities with a small staff (3) and volunteers who are personable, compassionate, and tender. With the partnership with the nationwide Lupus Research Institute, the LFNC does their best to raise funds and support the goal to find better treatments, a cause and a cure for lupus. This is just a smidgen on why the LFNC should be considered one of the top nonprofits in the United States.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at LFNC since I retired nearly 7 years ago. It has been and continues to be an amazing trip. I have watched the organization grow and change as the world around it grows and changes. However, its mission and goals remain consistent. It continues to promote lupus awareness, to educate and provide information to patients, their families and caregivers through conferences, education classes and electronic newsletters. It also continues to support external research through fund raising activities like the 5K Run/Walk or the Gala. Volunteering 7 years ago most often meant filing, folding, stuffing, and mailings. Now, it is much more likely I will be asked to work on the computer, entering and editing data and researching. There are many fun activities to be done. In addition, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, staff, board members, lupus patients and their families, as well as other volunteers. I look forward to many more years of helping out at this great nonprofit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at LFNC for about two years in the office and with their 5K run/walks and they were all very wonder experiences. The staff is friendly and kind to the volunteers and dedicated to Lupus patients and families. I have met many nice people and made some good friends volunteering at the organization.

Monica59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Volunteered LFNC for the 5K run/walk it was a very nice experience. All of the volunteers of this organization are so kind. Met lots of wonderful people all coming together for great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I contacted LFNC many years ago when my lupus journey first began. LFNC was extremely helpful then and continues to be a strong organization that has definitely exceeded my expectations. Dedicated, caring, kind group of individuals who care deeply about helping lupus patient and their families. Can't say enough how it has helped me and continues to do so.

SandraLopez

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lupus foundation of Northern California became a great help to me when I was first diagnosed with SLE Lupus 9 years ago. Through my rheumatologists office visits I found a flyer of the Alameda subchapter support group. I make it a priority to make all the monthly meetings, because they are encouraging and the group members have become like family. Through the years of attending this support group and going to educational class/seminars the LFNC hosts locally, I am now leading their Youth Support Groiup the Hangout once a month. Its a privilege and honor to be able to volunteer and help the foundation to continue reaching out to our community and instilling hope in the lives of those of us affected with this illness day in and day out. Their dedication and love the staff outpours to us is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lupus Foundation of Northern California has been a great resource of information for me. They send out very informative information weekly in their news letters that are helpful and give updates on events that are coming up, giving you the opportunity to volunteer as well. When I go visit the office they always make me feel like family. They have now given me the opportunity to lead one of their Youth Support Groups and its been a great experience. The conferences that they set up for lupus patients are also very good, I have attended two of them and every time I learn something new even after having lupus for 7 years.

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