My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lazarex Cancer Foundation, Danville, CA, USA
I started out as a volunteer for Lazarex Cancer Foundation in 2009. In full disclosure the founder and president is my sister and it was our family's experience with pancreatic cancer that sowed the seeds for her to start the foundation. When I moved to CA I was able to donate my time for various needs. I helped out with the annual fundraisers and I joined the foundation's Team for LIfe as a fundraising participant in several half marathons. My experience was always very positive in regards to the staff, the organization (100% of direct donations got to Program Services because the founders cover the annual overhead), and the mission.
Lazarex is a relatively small cancer charity that has a big mission and I have been with them over the years since, as the Communications Manager, to witness the foundation's growth, heart, impact and the very hard work of raising funds. It is not a sexy mission, it isn't about funding research, it is about assisting people with advanced cancer (and no treatment options) to participate in FDA clinical trials because it is their last option to fight cancer. Lazarex helps identify clinical trials and covers the out of pocket costs (when needed) of participation like travel, lodging, some medical test or drugs, and a travel companion. So the foundation is helping to move research forward because without test subjects the treatments being tested will never get approved by the FDA. BUT the main focus is the people who need access to these treatments today because they may not have a tomorrow.
If you are looking for a foundation that is providing a service like no other and fills a huge gap in cancer care and treatment, Lazarex Cancer Foundation is the charity to support with your funds, time and talent.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
If it was in the budget I would hire a CEO to free up the President for more time to focus on special projects, relationship building, PR and fundraising at the higher donor levels. Then I would hire a grant writer and an additional development specialist. Lazarex has seen huge growth in requests for services and while the funding side is growing, it is not keeping pace with the requests for services. Lazarex can do more with more!
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