Better Business Bureau Report for
Leukemia Research Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Leukemia Research Foundation
Address: 3520 Lake Ave Suite 202
  Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: 847-424-0600
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1951, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Leukemia Research Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Leukemia Research Foundation’s programs serve three main tenets: 1. Fund Worldwide Medical Research Based on recommendations from their Medical Advisory Board, the LRF provides research grants to scientists around the world. The LRF exclusively funds New Investigators - individuals who are beginning to establish their own laboratories and are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor. These one year grants are $100,000 each, an amount that allows innovative scientists to act on their ideas, and try new procedures and experiments that will lead to significant breakthroughs. Over the years, the LRF has funded hundreds of research scientists and projects on five different continents with their exclusive focus on New Investigators. 2. Patient Financial Assistance The LRF’s Patient Financial Assistance Program provides support to patients and families struggling under the financial burden of a blood cancer diagnosis. The Program alleviates expenses not covered by insurance that may include doctor visits and co-pays, hospital care, laboratory work, prescription expenses, transportation expenses, and germ-free lodging for transplant recipients. 3. Support Programs The LRF conducts educational and support programs for patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals. These conferences, including the Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference, the Town Hall Meeting, and Town Hall Meeting in Spanish, are offered free of charge or registration. They provide opportunities for direct dialogue between patients and prominent hematology/oncology and transplant specialists to discuss treatment options and procedures.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Leukemia Research Foundation's program expenses were:

Grants, research 798,426
Salaries 272,891
Financial Assistance 199,962
Rent/Utilities 47,859
Medical Awards 24,503
Grp Ins/Empl benefits 21,670
Payroll taxes 20,328
Transplant Conference 17,843
Computer expense 10,876
Town Hall Meeting 7,244
Children's Party 6,586
Telephone 5,190
Insurance 4,418
Grants, nursing 4,147
Bank & credit card fees 3,087
Supplies 2,845
Website maintenance 2,605
Grant expense 2,127
Direct mail 2,050
Depreciation 1,850
Printing 1,682
Postage 1,552
Repairs 1,534
Advertising 1,391
Public relations 1,052
Meetings 1,004
Misc 872
Promotion 454
Newsletter 1
Total Program Expenses: $1,466,049
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Chief Executive : Kevin Radelet, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Diana Orjuela
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: First Merit Bank

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 7

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,919,233, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
Leukemia Research Foundation incurred joint costs of $5,126 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $2,050 was allocated to program expenses, $3,076 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $ was allocated to administrative expenses.
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Leukemia Research Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Chapter remittances 976,622
Corporations & foundations 375,050
Contributions 352,158
Federal & State campaigns 121,052
Indirect fundraising 91,123
Permanently restricted value of beneficial interest in trust 18,828
Dues 8,496
Temprarily restricted 5,000
Fundraising sales 2,271
Grants returned 2,129
Contributed goods/services 757
Investments 262
High school charity recipient 200
Total Income $1,953,948


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $1,953,948
Program expenses $1,466,049
Fund raising expenses 208,919
Administrative expenses 217,697
Total expenses $1,892,665
Income in Excess of Expenses 61,283
Beginning net assets 751,115
Ending net assets 812,398
Total liabilities 824,988
Total assets $1,637,386

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