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Tower Cancer Research Foundation

Impact begins here, and it starts with you

aka Tower Cancer Research Foundation   |   Beverly Hills, CA   |  www.towercancer.org

Mission

Through local investments, Tower Cancer Research Foundation advances groundbreaking cancer research and profoundly supports people affected by the disease to create outsized impact in Southern California and beyond.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Steven Abramson

Main address

8767 Wilshire Blvd Suite 401

Beverly Hills, CA 90211 USA

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EIN

95-4596354

NTEE code info

Other Medical Research N.E.C. (H99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tower Cancer Research Foundation advances groundbreaking research and profoundly supports people affectedby cancer—as we inch closer to a future free from the burden of the devastating disease. Our focus is on Southern California, the hub for some of the world’s leading research institutions and the home of our founding physicians. Inspired by the most promising science, we fund leading local researchers, making us a launchpad for additional funding and discoveries here and on the global stage.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scientific Research Grant Program

Our focus is on Southern California, the hub for some of the world’s leading research institutions and the home of our founding physicians. Inspired by the most promising science, we fund leading local researchers, making us a launchpad for additional funding and discoveries here and on the global stage.

While our programs and funding are made locally, they are designed to maximize impact beyond the initial investment—so they not only benefit researchers, patients and families today, they have the potential to lead to even greater impact tomorrow, transforming lives anywhere. These grants include:
- One-Year Career Development Grants
- Five-Year $500,000 Senior Investigator Grants
-$1M Multidisciplinary Discovery Funds

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Low-income people

Magnolia House offers integrative health and wellness support and education that empowers people to develop a physical and emotional toolkit to meet the challenges of cancer—from diagnosis to survivorship. As Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s flagship survivorship program, we provide an array of free fitness, therapeutic, and holistic classes to help anyone with a cancer diagnosis from Southern California and virtually anywhere optimize quality of life. We offer over 130 classes/workshops/services per month - online and in-person.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent
Low-income people

Through local community partnerships, Community Grants allow Tower to expand the reach of its support for people affected by cancer and align with the challenges faced by patients, survivors, and the whole cancer community. The focus of our community grant funding include:

*Childhood and/ or young adult cancer
*Organizations with a cancer related mission supporting underserved and underrepresented individuals, families and communities.
*In recognizing the racial inequities that exist within our field of care and research, we encourage organizations to apply that demonstrate equity in its practices and services

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Psychosocial Programs (Magnolia House Survivorship Support)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of participant visits to patient support programs

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Tower Cancer Research Foundation advances groundbreaking research and profoundly supports people affectedby cancer—as we inch closer to a future free from the burden of the devastating disease. Our focus is on Southern California, the hub for some of the world’s leading research institutions and the home of our founding physicians. Inspired by the most promising science, we fund leading local researchers, making us a launchpad for additional funding and discoveries here and on the global stage. Our clinically-grounded patient support programs, hosted by Magnolia House, and community partner grants, funded byTCRF, align with the challenges faced by patients, survivors, and the whole cancer community.

While our programs and funding are made locally, they are designed to maximize impact beyond the initial investment—so they not only benefit researchers, patients and families today, they have the potential to lead to even greater impact tomorrow, transforming lives anywhere.We take an uncommonly personal approach to working with donors, and we're an organization powered by an army of resilient, dedicated volunteers who have a personal stake in the fight. Because cancer is personal, TCRF makes it possible for people who care deeply about the cause to give how they want and to have an outsized impact in the fight against cancer.

TCRF engages in community fundraising efforts in the Los Angeles area designed to raise funds in order to issue grants to young, cutting-edge physician scientists. TCRF utilizes community outreach to local organizations who desire a partnership with the TCRF, auxiliary organizations associated with the TCRF to plan and execute fundraisers for grant-making purposes, close associations with Oncology and Hematology Groups in Southern California and the support of individuals who have survived a cancer diagnosis and are thriving. These capabilities provides TCRF with the ability to not only raise sufficient funds to issue grants, while recognizing the importance of being good stewards with the funds delivered to TCRF.

In the last decade, TCRF has raised over $30 million. These dollars have led to the approval of 15 new cancer drugs and the expansion of treatment options for cancer patients all over the world. In line with its mission to advance cancer research on every level, TCRF awards annual grants to physician scientists conducting cutting edge bench-to-bedside research at world class medical research institutions in Southern California. TCRF has invested more than $4 million in talented, young physician scientists that have gone on to receive additional multi-year funding close to $60 million for leading edge research. TCRF supports research at renowned academic institutions, including UCLA, USC, UCSD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, City of Hope, and Wadsworth VA Los Angeles. The funds we award not only enable innovative research to be performed, but have ensured that researchers early in their careers continue to pursue this important work.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Tower Cancer Research Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Nancy Rosenfelt

Tower Cancer Research Foundation

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. Larry Rosenstein

Tower Cancer Research Foundation

Term: 2022 - 2024

Solomon I Hamburg

Jeanne Schnitzer Marks

Elizabeth Drucker

Donna Rosen

John Carpten

Jonathan Layne

Beth Goren

David Spingarn

Casey Federman

Sally Magaram

Barry Rosenbloom

Fred Rosenfelt

Philomena McAndrew

Hilton Chodorow

Kathy Gallagher

Linda Delsack

Elizabeth Drucker

Susan Krevoy

Randy Katz

Nancy Mishkin

Abby Levy

Kelly Prather

Karen Rosenfelt

Bob Decker

Alan Levy

Betty Haagen

Shelley Warsavsky

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2022

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.