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The Samfund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals from a position of knowledge and strength.

Results: To date, we have awarded a total of $900,000 in grants and scholarships to hundreds of individuals across the country. We have delivered multiple free Webinars for young adult survivors through our "Moving Forward With Your Finanical Health," Webinar series archived and available on our website.

Target demographics: Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35 who are finished with active treatment and residents of the United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: We provide free Webinars on young adult survivor financial issues and grants for living expenses that cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

thesamfund reaches out to those young adults who are struggling to get through a most difficult aftermath. What a great organization.



Rating: 5

The SamFund is one of the greatest organization I have ever come across. Thank you for your great work now and in the future!



Rating: 5

Knowing that the SAMFund donates its funds DIRECTLY to recipients so they can pay for their rent, school loans, tuition, even gym memberships (many cancer survivors need to keep in good physical condition just for insurance) gives me total peace of mind when donating to them. Kids in their 20s with no money is nothing new ... but those who are just coming out of cancer treatment, they're the ones who face the REAL obstacles. I'm happy to help them reduce their stress over paying some bills.



Rating: 5

The SAMFund holds a unique place amongst not just cancer-related organizations, but non-profits in general. Founder and cancer survivor Sam Eisenstein Watson focuses on a niche — young adult survivors of cancer — and recognizes that the tremendous financial costs of battling the disease can be more difficult to battle than the emotional ones. People are strong, and with love and support can show amazing resilience. But bank accounts are fluid, and can too quickly be drained with hospital bills, coupled with missed work or school. By providing financial assistance to young adult survivors of cancer, and working tirelessly for those it helps, The SAMFund empowers the individuals it helps to regain control of their lives after frightening interruptions from the disease.