UNRAVEL

aka Unravel Pediatric Cancer   |   Gilroy, CA   |  www.unravelpediatriccancer.org

Mission

Unravel is a nonprofit organization working to spread knowledge about the grim realities of pediatric cancer and the devastating impact from the lack of funding. We supply the information, tools and support to individuals and communities that want to help create change– because good people want to do good things but sometimes they need help getting started. All monies raised by and for Unravel will go directly to the fight against pediatric cancer.

In addition, Unravel partners with other nonprofits to strengthen our efforts. We do all of this with one goal in mind; we will unravel pediatric cancer.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Inspiration:
Jennifer (JLK) was a beautiful 6 year old who was born with glitter in her veins. She sparkled from the inside out and brought out the sparkle in everybody she met.

Jennifer was diagnosed with DIPG on her 6th birthday. DIPG is a type of brain tumor that has no real treatment options and no cure. It is terminal upon diagnosis. The average life span for someone with this tumor is 9 months from diagnosis. Jennifer lived 3.5 months. It was never a fair fight.

Jennifer’s tumors were donated and a cell line has been created from them. Jennifer will be part of finding a cure and her family and friends want to do their part too. Unravel is how we are doing it, spreading knowledge and raising funds. Because knowledge is like glitter… it sticks with you and multiplies, and once we know better, we can do better.

- Seven children die each day from cancer
- Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children … more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis and congenital abnormalities COMBINED.
- The U.S. government gives less than 4% of its cancer funding to pediatrics, and the American Cancer Society gives only one cent of every donated dollar to children.
- Our kids are dependent on us … our awareness and our action.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Nicole Pratapas

Associate Director

Zach Patterson

Main address

P. O. Box 2206

Gilroy, CA 95021 USA

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EIN

46-5720960

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Cancer Research (H30)

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Programs and results

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Fluttering

Fluttering involves moving a set of 12 dragonflies on lawn stakes (think flamingo, but more beautiful and meaningful) from one person’s yard to another each day – or for as many days as you choose to – throughout the month of September. Each person you Flutter gets the joy of a yard full of dragonflies for a day—and the option to pick whom you Flutter next by making a donation to Unravel. You simply return the next day, pick up the information packet and move the set of dragonflies to the next home selected.

By helping us Flutter, your donation of time helps raise so much money! On average, when a kit is moved nightly to a new house, a single Flutterer raises around $800 for the month of September!

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our ultimate goal at Unravel is to one day "close up shop" because kids cancer has been cured and we were a part of making that happen.

To reach our ultimate goal, we will raise money to fund the basic science and innovation that will one day lead to a less-toxic and more-effective cure. The existing treatments for pediatric cancer are far too harmful for a child's growing body and the success rates for survival are absolutely not good enough. We believe that the scientists, researchers, and doctors that are working at the ground level to create truly innovative medicines and treatments are the key to attacking this disease in a completely different and successful way.

To raise enough money to fund the important research that needs to happen to make big advances, we are sharing our mission to invest others in championing our cause with the support of Unravel and our community of supporters. Once someone learns that 7 children die a day from cancer and that the funding isn't there to make a difference fast enough, many people open their heart to Unravel and feel compelled to spread the message, donate money, and raise money in their community. It is this network of caring people who want a better future for our children that will continue to spread far and wide. It is Unravel's strength to provide this network with the tools to donate their time in an effective way to raise money for research.

Unravel has put hundreds of thousands of dollars directly in the hands of researchers in the country working tirelessly to discover better medicines and treatment options for our nation's kids.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 12/3/2020
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Board chair

Libby Kranz

Unravel

Ann Calcagno

Carmen Murray

Mindy Korando

Libby Kranz

Tony Kranz

Renee Ridgway

Coby Heinemann

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No