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City of Hope

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City of Hope is an independent, biomedical research institution and comprehensive cancer center committed to researching, treating and preventing cancer, with an equal commitment to curing and preventing diabetes and other life threatening diseases. Our mission is to transform the future of health by turning science into practical benefit, and hope into reality.

  • We have performed more than 12,000 bone marrow and stem cell transplants
  • We have three manufacturing facilities on campus that manufacture
    both biologic and chemical compounds to good manufacturing
    practice (GMP) standards.
  • We have more than 300 patents and almost 30 drugs in the pipeline at any given time.
  • City of Hope has earned the highest rating - 4 stars - from
    the nation's leading watchdog, Charity Navigator. The four-star rating
    reflects City of Hope's sound fiscal management and financial growth
    and stability.
  • We are part of ORIEN (Oncology Research Information Exchange
    Network), the world's largest cancer research collaboration
    devoted to precision medicine.
  • We were recently awarded the highest level of accreditation by
    the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for our
    exceptional level of cancer care, "Three-Year with Commendation."
    This is the second consecutive time that we have received this
    prestigious rating.


  • City of Hope is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the
    nation, the highest designation possible from the National Cancer Institute.
    • We have been ranked as one of the nation's Best Cancer Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for over 10 years.
    • City of Hope is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, meaning our research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.
    • In the 2014 fiscal year, City of Hope was awarded more than $72.9 million in research grants and received approximately $249.8 million in revenues from patented technologies.
    • City of Hope has earned its sixth consecutive Press Ganey Guardian
    of Excellence Award.


  •  Numerous breakthrough cancer drugs, including Herceptin, Rituxan
    and Avastin, are based on technology pioneered by City of Hope and are saving lives worldwide.
  • Millions of people with diabetes benefit from synthetic human
    insulin, developed through research conducted at City of Hope.
  • City of Hope was a pioneer in bone marrow and stem cell transplants - and our program is now one of the largest, most successful programs of its kind in the world. We've performed more than 12,000 bone marrow and stem cell transplants, with survival rates that are unparalleled.
  • Surgeons at City of Hope have performed more than 10,000 robotic procedures for prostate, kidney, colon, liver, bladder, gynecologic, oral and other cancers.


  • Our research facilities set us apart. We have not one, but three, manufacturing facilities on campus that manufacture both biologic and chemical compounds to good manufacturing practice (GMP)
    standards. This infrastructure helps us quickly turn breakthrough discoveries into lifesaving therapies.
  • City of Hope holds more than 300 patents, and submits nearly
    30 applications per year to the Food and Drug Administration for investigational new therapies. These numbers are exceptionally large for an organization of City of Hope's size, reflecting our commitment to innovation and speeding treatments to patients.
  • Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope was the first of five Beckman Institutes in the United States, which together have fueled scientific advances for more than a generation.


  • City of Hope researchers are investigating ways to harness the body's natural defenses to fight cancer, an approach known as "immunotherapy."
  • One approach strikes a dual blow - shutting off a gene that promotes cancer while stimulating the immune system to act - in an effort to fight lymphoma and melanoma as well as brain, ovarian and prostate cancers.
  • Other studies are focused on engaging every stage of the immune response to defeat breast cancer.
  • City of Hope scientists studying "superfoods" have found that an extract of white button mushrooms can help block hormones that cause breast cancer and prostate cancer to grow and spread. They're also researching the anti-cancer properties of other "superfoods" such as blueberries, pomegranates and grape seed extract.
  • Because life after cancer treatment can present both physical and emotional challenges, City of Hope creates a bridge between treatment and ongoing support. The Center for Cancer Survivorship
    provides specialized follow-up care and education for survivors of pediatric, prostate and breast cancers. The resulting research is helping physicians understand the long-term effects of cancer and
    its treatment - influencing how care is delivered today at City of Hope and beyond.


  •  By investigating the molecular mechanisms of diabetes complications, City of Hope scientists are helping develop new treatments for them. They also are studying the use of blood stem cell transplantation to reboot the immune system in type 1
    diabetes, an autoimmune disease.
    • City of Hope is a national leader in islet cell transplantation, which has the potential to reverse type 1 diabetes. In addition, we provide islet cells for research at other institutions throughout the U.S.
    • City of Hope scientists pioneered the application of blood stem cell transplants to treat patients with HIV- and AIDSrelated lymphoma. Our researchers used a new form of gene therapy to achieve the first long-term persistence of anti-HIV genes in patients with AIDSrelated
    lymphoma. This treatment ultimately may cure not only lymphoma,
    but also HIV/AIDS, and our researchers are now expanding their studies with a new clinical trial.


  • City of Hope is powered by philanthropy. It was launched in the firm belief that all of us have the potential to change the fate of individuals even as we improve medical care overall.
    • "There is no profit in curing the body if, in the process, we destroy the soul." Those words were spoken by Samuel H. Golter, one of our early leaders, and they remain the credo that guides City of Hope's approach to patient care. We are committed to treating the
    whole person not only by providing the best medical care possible, but also by providing that care in an atmosphere of kindness and compassion.
    • Year after year, foundations, philanthropists, business leaders,
    global corporations, small businesses and hundreds of thousands of
    other caring individuals of all ages contribute generously to support the lifesaving work of City of Hope.
    • Many professional sports organizations have supported City of Hope, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Kings, Major League Soccer's Chivas USA and the National Football League.
    • City of Hope has been named the official charity of the historic Northern Trust Open, and through 2025, will partner with the Northern Trust and PGA TOUR to raise funds and awareness
    for cancer and diabetes research.
    • Because life after cancer treatment can present both physical and emotional challenges, City of Hope creates a bridge between treatment and ongoing support. The Center for Cancer Survivorship
    provides specialized follow-up care and education for survivors of pediatric, prostate and breast cancers. The resulting research is helping physicians understand the long-term effects of cancer and
    its treatment - influencing how care is delivered today at City of Hope and beyond.

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Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (LAJCC) Charity Foundation - The First Tee Foundation of Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1924, the mission of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce is to empower young professionals of Greater Los Angeles through professional enrichment, leadership development and community service. The Junior Chamber Charity Foundation was established in 1949 to administer and expand the organization's community-based programs that serve more than 10,000 constituents throughout Los Angeles County annually. The Junior Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation strive to power the future of Los Angeles by providing a ready platform for young professionals to lead the way and build a legacy for future generations.

CLICK HERE  to learn more about the LAJCC.

Two of the programs of the LA Junior Chamber Charity Foundation are:

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The First Tee of Los Angeles

The mission of The First Tee of Los Angeles is "to impact the lives of young people, especially those from underserved communities, by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf". The program's focus is to establish a lifelong interest in golf by engaging young people in a structured golf curriculum that promotes personal character development within a physical education setting.

The First Tee of Los Angeles achieves this mission by reaching out to youth, ages 6 to 17, especially in communities where golf is traditionally not found - and providing them with professional instruction, discounted access to golf courses and practice facilities and property fitted equipment. The curriculum uses TARGET Clinics and the Life Skills Experience™ to develop golfers. It also teaches junior golfers the Nine Core Values™ of The First Tee: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. With those values in mind, the junior golfers advance through the program's certified levels, PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace, and learn how the skills essential for successful golf experiences can help them be successful in life.

Members of The First Tee of Los Angeles receive a host of benefits. In addition to general instruction, participants learn rules, etiquette and pace of play through the Introduction to Competition Series. They can establish a USGA approved handicap through their GHIN club hosted by the Southern California Golf Association. The experience goes well beyond golf instruction and play. Enrolled students are recognized for maintaining exceptional grades in school. Members are also invited to take part in educational scholarships, golf industry field trips, nutrition and fitness workshops, and volunteer projects; as well as, opportunities through The First Tee Network such as The First Tee Open, The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy, the Future Leaders Forum and Scholars Program. Students can also invite a parent or guardian to share in the fun by participating in Adult-Junior tournaments, Dodgers Day and the Dennis Walters show.
The program is offered at twelve affiliate sites across Los Angeles County. The First Tee of Los Angeles strives to maintain a junior membership that mirrors Los Angeles' demographic diversity. Since its inception, 70,000+ children have participated in TFTLA programs and classes; and more than 1,000 are expected to enroll at golf course classes in 2015.

For more information visit:


LAJCC Leadership Institute

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Founded by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, and originally known as the Riordan Leadership Institute program (RLI), the LAJCC Leadership Institute educates and trains young professionals for life-long service in the governance and leadership of nonprofit organizations. This program is a unique in the Los Angeles community and fills a critical gap in providing future leadership to nonprofit organizations.

Participants contribute eight (8) to ten (10) hours per month to the program, including attending a 3-hour seminar with presentations by experts and consultants in the field of nonprofit governance. Each participant is also matched with a nonprofit organization where they gain experience and skills in board governance by participating on a committee or the board itself. Upon completion of the program, participants are expected to serve on boards or working committees of nonprofit organizations. The majority of the agencies served are small community based organizations who need educated and skilled professionals to help with the oversight and management of the agency.

There is a critical need for trained and skilled young professionals to take the leadership reins in the nonprofit world. They are the future of our philanthropic community and the LAJCC Leadership Institute is dedicated to assuring that the nonprofit community is effectively sustained by educating these young people to be our future leaders. Since 1990, the Institute has graduated more than 47 classes and trained more than 1200 young professionals to serve effectively on nonprofit Boards. Hundreds of non-profit agencies have benefited from the services of this visionary program.