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In detail#50: Hope Cancer Fund

Founded in 1994, Hope Cancer Fund was created to provide financial assistance to cancer patients. Since its inception, however, it has spent far more on for-profit solicitors than on patients.

Over the past decade, Hope Cancer Fund raised $1.9 million and paid $1.5 million of that to its professional solicitors. The charity gave patients a total of $10,000 in direct cash aid over the same period.

One of the charity's board members, Robin Monville, was married to the owner of a company that brokers contracts between charities and professional fundraisers. Hope Cancer Fund paid the company $16,000 in 2010.

The couple filed for divorce in 2010.

The charity was inactive from 2006 to 2009 but has recently resumed its fundraising efforts, according to its filings with the IRS. However, a button on the charity's website that encourages donors to give was not functioning in June 2013.

Officials at the organization did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

To provide financial assistance i meeting the special needs of cancer patients and their families. Special needs may include, but are not limited to: assistance in covering the cost of medical equipment, prescriptions, payments of insurance premiums, trasportation, travel, and housing. To facilitate opportunities for networking with other cancer patients, to enable them to have emotional support and encouragement; and to publish a newsletter to provide cancer patients with information regarding new treatments and treatment facilities, as well as assisting them in locating support groups and disseminating information regarding the Hope Cancer Fund.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Hope Cancer Fund

Known state disciplinary actions

Find out more about the actions in our database

States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio 3 Disciplined-no details, Shutdown, Suspension 0

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2012 pdf $170,489 $148,152 $22,247 $0 $0 0.00% $7,428
2010 pdf $199,824 $195,487 $4,337 $0 $650 0.33% $11,455
2009 pdf $193,325 $170,617 $22,708 $0 $0 0.00% 0
2008 pdf $0 $0 0.00% 0
2007 pdf $0 $0 0.00% 0
2005 pdf $150,026 $111,458 $38,568 $6,303 $0 0.00% $22,879
2004 pdf $302,917 $214,466 $88,451 $25,937 $2,200 0.73% $66,948
2002 pdf $459,359 $358,835 $100,524 $12,000 $3,300 0.72% $61,577
2001 pdf $639,562 $546,343 $93,219 $16,177 $4,100 0.64% 0
zTOTALS $2,115,502 $1,745,358 $370,054 $60,417 $10,250 0.5% $170,287

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2010 Telequal $179,274 $163,762 $15,512 8.65% mail & phone solicitations
2010 Dragon Group $0 $16,479 $-16,479 mail & phone solicitations
2010 Safety Communications $12,294 $9,805 $2,489 20.25% mail & phone solicitations
2010 Lino's $8,256 $5,441 $2,815 34.10% mail & phone solicitations