Mission: The mission of Lazarex Cancer Foundation is to improve patient access to cancer clinical trials. At Lazarex Cancer Foundation we improve the outcome of cancer care,  ... (More)

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2006, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://lazarex.org/

 P.O. Box 741
Danville CA 94526 

  925-820-4517


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 91.90, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

89.2%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

4.0%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

6.6%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.4%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.03


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

2.86 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

0.82%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Vera Packard, Executive Director

$128,750 (4.73% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Lazarex Cancer Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Individual donations (31% of income) were down by 9% compared to 2019. Much of this was due to the cancelation of many 3rd party fundraisers. Corporate giving (3% of income) was down by 21.8% - about a third of that was due to the fact that our fundraisers had to be held online and some corporate sponsors can only give funds for physical events. Other corporate $$ we rely on were held back due to covid, and some new corporate sponsor dollars came in. Grants (47% of income) continued as a strong source of income during the pandemic. We did apply for PPP loans and were able to retain our staff and continue to provide our program services to the cancer patients we serve. Program service $$ expended were up 4.2% and we served a record number of patients. Reimbursements for air travel were down while reimbursements for ground transportation, tolls, gas and parking were up. Work from home for LCF staff was successful, allowing LCF to move to a smaller office with considerable $$ savings.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

We served a record number of patients despite the pandemic (+25%) Reimbursements for air travel were down significantly while reimbursements for lodging, ground transportation, tolls, gas and parking were up. Many patients who traveled had to stay longer near trial locations due to quarantine requirements before they could get treatment. Other patients were able to stay home (due to changes due to covid) and go to local cancer centers for diagnostic tests, check ups via teledoc appointments and, if receiving treatments in pill form, had the meds shipped to them. That reduced financial expenses for them (and us). Which is why our number of patients assisted went significantly up (25%) while our dollars spent on program services increased by 4.2%.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We switched our annual fundraisers to online events. Most Lazarex staff worked from home while Patient Services staff was deemed essential and continued to work from the office. Masks, hand sanitizer were provided. We NEVER interrupted our assistance to the cancer patients we serve. We moved our staff, development, BoD and financial committee meetings to Zoom. We went digital to track hours worked, PTO requests, and dissemination of required workplace notifications. We progressed most of our longer term patients from check reimbursements to debit card reimbursements and made applications for services fillable PDFs that could be easily completed and emailed. We converted all paper patient files to electronic files. We adjusted messaging to current & future funders about how we were continuing to deliver our services. We created social messaging to reassure patients that our services would continue. We called or emailed case workers at the cancer centers we work with to do the same.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We created policy & procedures specifically for covid prevention and reporting exposure that will remain in place. Since the virtual fundraisers and conferences were successful, we plan to offer hybrid (online and in person)events going forward. Meetings or conferences with prospective funders, clients, and industry stakeholders will continue to be held via Zoom or Google in addition to in person. Work from home was successful, allowing LCF to move to a smaller office with considerable $$ savings. Most LCF staff will continue to work from home except for Patient Services staff. Workstations have been set up in our new, smaller office for visiting staff.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212019 91.90
2/1/20212018 91.34

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Lazarex Cancer Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Lazarex Cancer Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,419,147

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


LAZAREX HELPS PATIENTS NAVIGATE THEIR CLINICAL TRIAL OPTIONS AND PROVIDES COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH SERVICES. SPECIFICALLY: LAZAREX HELPS PATIENTS OF ALL AGES AND WALKS OF LIFE WITH ALL FORMS O ... (More)


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


THE SERVICES OF VOLUNTEERS ARE AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF THE ORGANIZATION'S PROGRAM ACTIVITIES. VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME WHICH RESULTED IN 3,342 VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DEC ... (More)


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


SINCE 2006, LAZAREX HAS ASSISTED OVER 5,000 PATIENTS WITH FINDING CLINICAL TRIAL OPTIONS AND REIMBURSING THE OUT-OF-POCKET TRAVEL COSTS OF PARTICIPATION IN A TRIAL. THE IMPACT PROGRAM (IMPROVING PATIE ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


At Lazarex Cancer Foundation we improve patient access to cancer clinical trials.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The vision of Lazarex Cancer Foundation is that everyone affected by cancer will have hope, dignity, support and the most advanced treatments made available to them at all stages of their journey.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Lazarex CARE program (Creating Access Reimbursing Expenses) Daily direct patient advocacy, clinical trial navigation and out of-pocket clinical trial expense reimbursement program.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Lazarex IMPACT (IMproving Patient Access to Cancer Clinical Trials) Institutional Cancer Center prgm to increase clinical trial enrollment, retention & minority participation in cancer clinical trials

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Lazarex Cancer Wellness HUBs - a “safe space” for community members to talk about their health concerns re: cancer and explore their options from prevention through treatment and clinical trials.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

COVID -19 constraints presented challenges but we were able to hold our BoD retreat virtually which included leadership and skill development.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

LCF passes on some of our grant funds to other orgs who are imbedded in communities that we want to reach for cancer prevention and education (Cancer Wellness HUBs). Through our IMPACT prgm we work with cancer centers to improve the diversity of clinical trial participants - that data is presented at conferences like ASCO. This year LCF gave over 50 media interviews re our mission & programs and shared them across social media and in newsletters. in 2020 we had 3 states pass legislation sponsored by Lazarex.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our staff always worked in the LCF office until March when we went into lock down. Only our Patient Services team was deemed "essential" and continued to work from the office. We created policies and procedures that covered working from home and being in the office during the pandemic. We executed state and federal required workplace notices and training virtually. Fortunately we were just switching to the cloud so it wasn't long before we could access all our files as needed. All meetings were converted to online meetings using zoom or google. We got cameras for most computers since our work desktops or laptops did not have built in cameras. We converted our in person fundraisers and annual summit to virtual/online events (no small feat). We reached out to donors, volunteers and patients through various mediums to consistently assure them that we were conducting business without interruption, fulfilling our mission and obligation to the cancer patients we serve. We converted our applications and forms for assistance to fillable PDF's to reduce paper and turn around time. We applied for PPP loans to keep our staff intact. When it became clear we were in for the long haul the remote staff moved their work office equipment to their homes. Our success with remote work allowed us to downsize this year to a smaller office and realize significant savings. Remote work allowed some staff to relocate and continue to work for Lazarex. We also hired our Health Equity & Diversity Coordinator (a former BOD member) who lives out of state. Most third party fundraisers were cancelled unless they could be done online, same with our community outreach. Ironically we hit a record high number of cancer patients assisted (25% more than in 2019). With some delays we were still able to launch our IMPACT program at 2 new institutions, and deferred the opening of our pilot Cancer Wellness HUB, but got it ready to go. We also brought on a new BOD member and 3 had state bills passed in 2020.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

1) We switched over to a debit card format for reimbursements rather then continuing to do them by check. 2) We are accepting agreements and applications with/from our patients electronically. 3) We have signed on with a translation service so we can communicate with non English speaking clients.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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