WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Driving cancer research through collaboration and communication.

aka WGFRF   |   Carbondale, CO   |  www.wgfrf.org

Mission

Mission: With its origin in pediatric cancer, the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation promotes advances in cancer research through collaboration.

The vision of the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation is to see cures for all cancers, especially neuroblastoma and other childhood malignancies.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Mrs. Jamie Collins

President

Mr. Charles Jesser C.P.A.

Main address

PO Box 1033

Carbondale, CO 81623 USA

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EIN

57-0788084

NTEE code info

Cancer Research (H30)

Cancer (G30)

Pediatrics (G98)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WGFRF is focused on bringing together the top clinicians and researchers in oncology to work together, to collaborate and to develop innovative treatments for those suffering from this disease. WGFRF bridges the gap in collaboration and communication among oncology scientists by hosting Forbeck Forums on specialized topics in cancer research.

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?

Forbeck Forum

The Foundation's center piece activity is the Forbeck Forum. The Scientific Advisory Board reviews advanced research areas and applications from acclaimed oncologists and researchers to select topics for Forbeck Forums.

Twelve to twenty leading scientists from around the world, from a variety of disciplines associated with the specific topic, are invited to participate in each Forbeck Forum. They meet in a private "think tank" environment, where they can freely exchange ideas in the hope of building on each other's ideas, knowledge, and experience. New approaches are suggested and examined, and the most promising are actively pursued.

The objective is not to discuss published research, but rather to provide a forum for the cross fertilization of ideas, concepts, and observations in the hope of shortening the cancer research timetable.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation annually selects junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows to be Forbeck Scholars. Applicants have a very high level of scientific achievement as well as relevance to the topic. Awardees attend the Forbeck Forum they applied to and then the Scholar Retreat for the following consecutive three years. During the Forum, recipients of the award have an unrivaled opportunity to interact with international experts in a particular field of cancer research. The Scholar Retreat, which they attend for the subsequent three years, gives them further opportunities to interact with their peers from different fields of cancer research and meet with international experts to discuss their work. Existing awardees have found these interactions invaluable in developing collaborations as well as opening up a variety of career opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Genomic Data Commons (formerly iINRGdb) facilitates international, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research in childhood neuroblastoma, advancing our understanding of the pathogenesis of this neoplasm, and ultimately leading to the development of more effective treatment strategies for children with neuroblastoma. We also foresee that technologies developed and implemented as part of this initiative will be applicable across a wide variety of pediatric and adult malignancies. We have obtained IRB approval from the University of Chicago to house the INRG data and to develop the iINRGdb (IRB # 10-568-A).

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 reports written/published

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Forbeck Forum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation works hard to collect all publications, reports, press articles resulting from a Forbeck meeting. The number of publications resulting from Forbeck programs is continuously updated.

Number of new programs/program sites

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WGFRF's 2020 programming goal was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 Forum's will take place in 2021 & 2022. It is still the goal of WGFRF to increase programming in the coming years.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Forbeck Forum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of participants is inclusive of participants at Focus Meetings, the Annual Forum and the Scholar Retreat. The meetings focus on different topics and groups of oncologists.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation is aiming to shorten the timetable to find a cure for cancer through collaboration and communication. The goal is to ensure that research reaches the patient in forms of new and innovative treatments.

The core programs of the Foundation include the Forbeck Forum and Scholar Retreat. In addition, the Foundation has tripled its programming over the past 3 years by increasing annual programming. Starting in 2018, WGFRF is moved forward with hosting up to 10 research meetings each year. Previously, the foundation hosted 2-3 annually. This will equate to significant positive impact in cancer research.

The Forbeck Foundation has been operating high quality scientific think tanks for 35 years. The quality of this meeting is well known with in the scientific community and these meetings are coveted by the scientific participants.

We have accomplished all goals this organization originally set out to do. We continue to operate high quality think tanks and plan to continue to do so for the long distance future. The scientific community praises WGFRF for our unique meeting structure, allowing participants to discuss freely about their research with no boundaries or barriers.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The WGFRF serves both the scientific community and those impacted by cancer.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Forbeck Foundation recently expanded the Forbeck Forum program from two annual meetings to over eight annual meetings as a direct result of participant feedback. The WGFRF's goal is to host ten annual Forbeck Forum's.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By identifying the needs of those we serve, we are better able to meet those needs and adjust our programming to make the most impact in cancer research and collaboration.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Charles Jesser

Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber LLP


Board co-chair

Mr. Ronald Miller

DSP Insurance Services

Matthew Gerdes

Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber LLP

Jamie Collins

William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation

William Kasten

William Blair & Company

John Kemshead

Scientific Advisory Board WGFRF

William Herbkersman

South Carolina State Representative

Maureen Wheeler

Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber LLP

Ronald Miller

Bensman

Aaron Jesser

William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation

Charles Jesser

Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber LLP

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data