About the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation

About the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation

By Alan Randall Steinberg

Since its founding by a collection of volunteers in 1945, the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) has provided an outstanding level of support to the cancer research branch of UCLA. Through the collection of private donations, the foundation is able to fund the innovative work of researchers who strive to further the fight against cancer. The research performed at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center wouldn’t be possible without funding, and the JCCF is the single most important method of raising funds for this research. The foundation spends 90 percent of donations directly on cancer research—only 10 percent covers administrative and fundraising costs. Thanks largely to the support of the foundation, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been regularly included among the top ten cancer centers in the United States. It is also internationally renowned for its willingness to utilize experimental treatments to develop new cancer therapies. The facility has earned the National Cancer Institute's "comprehensive cancer center" designation by meeting the Institute's "rigorous criteria for world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer research." About the author: Alan Randall Steinberg is a principal at the Los Angeles public and government relations firm The Valence Group. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation.

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