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The Hope Foundation's evolution

by Guest Bloggers
Anne F. Schott, M.D., SWOG Deputy Chair & Hope Foundation Chair
Jo Horn, Hope Foundation President & CEO

Mar 21, 2014 - The past year has been a landmark one for The Hope Foundation. For starters, after revamping our investment policy, the Foundation realized impressive returns of 12 percent on the endowment in 2013. We also retooled Hope's budgeting process, improving our ability to channel our support strategically, resulting in approval of $2.9 million in grants being made available to SWOG in 2014. Cumulative direct support from Hope to SWOG research and education has now surpassed the $20 million mark!

As we've grown, our governance and management structures have evolved to keep pace with that growth, and 2013 saw a number of leadership changes:

  • Anne Schott, M.D., was elected Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Laurence Baker, D.O., was named Chair Emeritus
  • Dawn Hershman, M.D., was elected Vice-Chair
  • Lee Ellis, M.D., was elected to the Board
  • Jo Horn, M.S.W., was appointed President and CEO by the Board

The latest configuration of The Hope Foundation Board has been busy. They convened a Development Committee, chaired by Board Officer Joni Marra, Esq., to craft and put into effect a strategy for taking the Foundation's fundraising enterprise to the next level. The Board also formally established the Dr. Laurence H. Baker Cancer Summit program and held a strategy meeting to plan the inaugural Summit (you will hear more on the Baker Cancer Summit soon!). And the Foundation's new and redesigned research grant programs have been recently detailed in this very column.

It's always gratifying to have our accomplishments formally recognized, and Hope was multiply blessed on this front in recent months. The organization Charity Navigator gave Hope its highest rating (4 stars) for the third year running, and it named the Foundation among its top ten fastest growing charities for the second year in a row. The GuideStar philanthropy directory upgraded Hope's status to their highest Gold-Level Certification.

Finally, the Foundation recently rolled out a redesigned website. We think it better conveys the centrality of SWOG and SWOG's people in everything the Foundation does (supporting SWOG is, after all, our mission). Cancer research as a field has a public image of being clinical, objective, even cold. We're trying to show more of its human face, the faces of our researchers and leaders, your faces, especially when we can showcase them in their work environments. Take a look. And while you're there, don't forget to visit https://thehopefoundation.org/donate.


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