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WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Driving cancer research through collaboration and communication.

aka WGFRF   |   Carbondale, CO   |  www.wgfrf.org
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WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

EIN: 57-0788084


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

Subject area info

Oncology

Pediatrics

Cancers

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Cancer Research (H30)

Cancer (G30)

Pediatrics (G98)

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.

Number of conference attendees

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

Researchers

Related Program

Forbeck Forum

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of conferences held

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

Researchers

Related Program

Forbeck Forum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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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.
  • 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

  • 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

WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

39.29

Average of 260.63 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8.9

Average of 13.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5%

Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$345,654 $537,452 $733,334 -$252,809 -$1,467,585
As % of expenses -64.7% 104.8% 244.4% -25.9% -194.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$345,654 $537,452 $733,334 -$252,809 -$1,467,585
As % of expenses -64.7% 104.8% 244.4% -25.9% -194.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $559,089 $544,905 $595,093 $760,654 $161,393
Total revenue, % change over prior year -38.8% -2.5% 9.2% 27.8% -78.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 16.1% 16.1% 12.9% 7.8% 47.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 34.5% 33.0% 27.8% 25.4% 67.7%
Other revenue 49.3% 50.9% 59.3% 66.7% -14.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $534,091 $512,945 $300,065 $977,291 $754,542
Total expenses, % change over prior year 11.7% -4.0% -41.5% 225.7% -22.8%
Personnel 21.4% 22.0% 56.8% 17.9% 24.3%
Professional fees 15.7% 18.4% 14.4% 4.7% 3.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 58.9% 0.0%
All other expenses 62.8% 59.6% 28.8% 18.5% 72.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $534,091 $512,945 $300,065 $977,291 $754,542
One month of savings $44,508 $42,745 $25,005 $81,441 $62,879
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $578,599 $555,690 $325,070 $1,058,732 $817,421

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.0 11.6 45.7 16.9 8.9
Months of cash and investments 91.9 109.2 215.9 62.9 58.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 92.6 108.9 215.6 63.1 58.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $444,968 $497,348 $1,143,559 $1,379,205 $557,662
Investments $3,647,406 $4,169,387 $4,256,212 $3,739,744 $3,139,061
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 1.5% 0.1% 0.7% 2.5%
Unrestricted net assets $4,119,495 $4,656,947 $5,390,281 $5,137,472 $3,669,887
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $80,000 $0 $0
Total net assets $4,119,495 $4,656,947 $5,470,281 $5,137,472 $3,669,887

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mrs. Jamie Collins

Jamie Forbeck Collins has been the Executive Director of the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation since 2011. She has been heavily involved with the Foundation throughout her life since her brother, Billy Guy, passed away. Jamie manages the day-to-day functions of the Foundation with a dedicated passion to the foundation mission on driving cancer research through collaboration and communication.

President

Charles Jesser

The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation recently elected Charles H. Jesser as President of its' Board of Directors. Chuck has been involved in the Foundation since its creation in 1984 from the very day Billy Guy succumbed to Neuroblastoma. With Chuck's leadership the Foundation will continue to thrive and grow, providing new venues for scientific collaboration.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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WILLIAM GUY FORBECK RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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

Maureen Wheeler

Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber LLP

Ronald Miller

Bensman

Aaron H. Jesser

William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation

Charles H. Jesser

Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber LLP

Galen Eckland

Bredemeier

Norine Smyth

Sponsor Chicago

John O'Neill

O'Neill Zbuilders

Ann Lehman Cipria

Patrick Joyce

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? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data