About the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation

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The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation was founded in 1945 by a group of volunteers dedicated to cancer research at UCLA. Their idea, using funds raised from private sources to invest in the work of promising young cancer researchers, resulted in the Seed Grant Program, which has helped the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center break new ground in the quest to defeat cancer.

Although seed grants remain an important part of our mission, the Foundation today also supports patient care and advances numerous high-priority and multi-disciplinary cancer research efforts focused on rapidly translating discoveries made in the laboratory into improved screening, treatment and prevention.

We spend 90 percent of total donations directly on cancer research and cancer-related programs. The remaining 10 percent goes toward administrative and fundraising expenses. Donors can feel confident their gifts benefit the research that has consistently made the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center a leader in its field.

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About Our Foundation

At the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, we raise money to benefit cancer research, clinical trials and patient care at the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Donor Recognition

We are so grateful to our donors. Your support funds initiatives that encompass every moment that cancer touches people’s lives, from prevention and diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.

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Board of Directors

Meet the talented members of our Board of Directors, who are entrusted with and accountable for the strategic leadership and governance of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation.

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Contact Us

We are here to help! You can reach us by phone, fax or email. For a list of administrative contacts, please see below.

UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation
9-623 Factor Building, Box 951780
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1780
Phone: 310-206-0675 / Fax: 310-206-5553
Contact via email

Administrative Contacts

Below is contact information for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation staff.

Margaret Steele
Executive Director

Freda Rutherford
Executive Assistant

Tania J. Banegas-Altamirano
Assistant Director, Annual and Special Gifts

Melissa Brody
Sr. Director, Development and Donor Relations

RJ DiCamillo
Manager, Special Events

Jacqui Farina
Director, Strategic Partnerships

Maeve Sullivan
Director of Development 

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