My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Concern Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I'm fortunate to have been a volunteer board member with Concern Foundation since 2003. It's a special feeling to be a part of a grassroots organization that's consistently & successfully funding cancer research at top institutions around the world WITHOUT spending unnecessary amounts of money on things like administration, promotions or celebrity talent.
I was first introduced to the organization in 1999 when I was invited to that summer's block party (Concern's major annual event) by the person who has since become president of Concern. At the time, I worked under him in the music industry and we became friends. I was blown away by how special the event was - not only was it a fun event with a ton of great food, but it was the least fundraiser-y type of fundraising event I'd ever attended. It just had a great energy and I couldn't wait to attend again. It was hard to believe you could have this much fun while helping to cure cancer. I returned in 2000.
Unfortunately, I had no idea how soon cancer would slap me in the face. In 2001, right before my mom turned 58, she was diagnosed out of the blue with terminal lung cancer. She was a health & fitness nut who hadn't smoked since her early 30s. After a year in Chicago as her caregiver, I returned to LA after her death, attended the 2002 block party, and again felt that great feeling that a Concern event makes you feel. I made it clear I wanted to get involved....and by the next year had joined the board.
The organization is filled with people who share the common goal of conquering cancer asap. It's good people who care. It's not a corporate environment - it's like friends getting together to do good while everyone who attends has fun...whether it's at the big main event, a regular meeting, or any of the many other events Concern is a part of - from the LA Marathon to taking kids with cancer to Universal Studios or throwing them a Christmas party with Santa and dancing.
Concern is a great organization with great people pushing cancer research forward - so I hope people discover as a result of this website.