Lazarex Cancer Foundation Makes the Grade as a Transparent, Efficient Charity Organization
SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With 1.1 million nonprofit organizations in the United States today, it seems everyone has a favorite charity. In fact, nonprofit funding has increased even as the economy has struggled. However, not all nonprofit organizations are created equal. Lack of transparency makes it difficult to know who is actually doing the best work.
For many people, giving is an impulse decision. Unfortunately, some nonprofit organizations have been accused of, or even proven to, waste the donated money. Of late, people are becoming more concerned with how the nonprofit sector is spending their hard-earned money. Many people are afraid that large salaries or extravagant facilities are eating up large portions of the funds raised. In a few large charities, this has been true. Thankfully, however, this is most often not the case.
When choosing charities to donate to, it is important to look at several factors. The most important factor is the nonprofit effectiveness. This is the quality of work they do. Are they helping people? Is it something you believe in? Do they fulfill the mission they set out to do?
Another factor, nonprofit efficiency, shows how well the money is put to work. Do they have an excessive amount of overhead? This is where transparency comes into play. Many different organizations give charities a place to show financial statements. The most effective nonprofits are registered with at least one of these. This can also frequently impact news reports and other press about the organization.
One great example of a transparent nonprofit is Lazarex Cancer Foundation. They help people with end-stage cancer. They do this by providing them with funds and other resources to participate in clinical trials. Donors can view the foundation’s financial statements, goals, activities, photos, videos and more through their profile on www.guidestar.com. The Guidestar Exchange considers them a valued partner.
They have shown that they are both effective and efficient in the use of their money. Founded in 2006 by Dana Dornsife, the sister-in-law of a pancreatic cancer victim, this charity provides support for end-stage cancer patients and helps them access potentially lifesaving medicines through FDA clinical trials. They have a small staff that is dedicated to helping the patents and raising funds.
Lazarex offers several ways to help. If you or someone you know would like to donate or need help, please visit www.lazarex.com. If you’d like to participate in one of their fundraising events like a 1/2 marathon, or create your own fundraising event, please visit www.teamforlifelcf.org. Volunteers are also in constant demand and there are other opportunities to help with in-kind donations and purchases. For more, see http://www.lazarex.org/how-you-can-help/.
Overall, when looking at a nonprofit, it is important to judge both the effectiveness and efficiency. It is important to invest in only the most effective nonprofits. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation has proven that they are both relevant and transparent. This is the type of organization that deserves your hard-earned contributions.
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SOURCE Lazarex Cancer Foundation