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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 1/19/2012
1500 Rosecrans Avenue
Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310)725-0025
Fax: (310)725-0029
Other Names Used PanCAN
EIN 33-0841281
Principal Staff Julie Fleshman, President & CEO
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 90
Number of Volunteers 2,000+
General Information
Board Chair Peter Kovler
Number of Board Members 9
Board meetings with quorum 7
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 8.86
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Our organization made impact in several areas this past year: 1) The organization funded ten new pancreatic cancer research grants through a rigorous peer-review process to ensure that we are funding only the highest quality science. 2) An evaluation of our research grants program between 2003 and 2009 showed that for every dollar invested by our organization, the grant recipients have been awarded $8.61 in additional pancreatic cancer research funding and that they have gone on to publish in peer-reviewed journals. This shows that our strategy is working and that our grants recipients are staying in the field of pancreatic cancer, receiving impressing funding to support subsequent research, and publishing their findings in reputable biomedical journals. 3) Our advocacy efforts led to an 8 percent increase in National Cancer Institute funding for pancreatic cancer researchers across the country. 4) We served nearly 5,000 individuals and families through our Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program. Additionally, more than 3,000 educational packets were ordered online by individuals seeking information about the disease. 5) Our PALS Associates maintained impressive quality assurance ratings of 97 percent satisfaction from patients and family members. 6) More than 65,000 pieces of patient educational literature was distributed free of charge to healthcare professionals across the nation. 7) Our volunteer affiliates raised over $7.8 million gross, sent more than 26,000 messages to Members of Congress, registered 2,300 media and increased the number of informational packets sent to healthcare professionals by 44 percent.
Current Goals
Our overall goals for this current year are as follows: 1) Fund 14 new research grants totaling over $3.7 million through a rigorous peer-review process. 2) Provide career development activities for our grantees that are young investigators. 3) Host a pancreatic cancer conference in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research. 4) Make progress toward passing the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act and continue strategic growth of our grassroots presence. 5) Increase funding for the National Cancer Institute through the Appropriations process and attention on the need for more pancreatic cancer funding. 6) Continue to educate and support pancreatic cancer patients and their families through our Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program by increasing monthly patient and caregiver phone and email contacts by 10%. 7) Achieve a monthly average of 119 and a cumulative total of 1420 health professional requests for patient literature, an approximate 10% increase over the year before. 8) Implement a wide-reaching outreach campaign to healthcare professional with varied messages based on level of expertise with pancreatic cancer so that health professional remember pancreatic cancer during a differential diagnosis and appropriately refer patients with a confirmed pancreatic cancer diagnosis to specialists. 9) Increase pancreatic cancer patient participation in clinical trials through a variety of methods. 10) Continue to strengthen our volunteer affiliate network concentrating specifically on volunteer recruitment and retention, corporate investment, improved communication with our affiliates and new and improved tools and processes. 11) Provide improved training to our volunteers in-person and via teleconferences.
Community or Constituency Served
Pancreatic cancer community including patients, their families and caregivers, healthcare professional, scientists, volunteers, donors, and anyone touched by pancreatic cancer in the general public.
Geographic Area Served
National organization
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $8,558,452 82.9%
Management: $783,013 7.6%
Fundraising: $978,826 9.5%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $5,331,835 $4,411,773 $3,737,067
Beginning of Year $4,411,773 $3,737,067 $3,067,750
Difference $920,062 $674,706 $669,317
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $5,331,835
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
From the Charity As a national nonprofit organization, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network applauds the Charities Review Council as a resource for providing the public with the assurance that the organization is well managed and accountable. The guidance that CRC provides nonprofits is essential to strengthening public trust. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network looks forward to a continued relationship with CRC. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a national organization battling pancreatic cancer is a comprehensive way--through research, education, patient services, public policy and advocacy for a cure. We invite you to visit our website at
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