Jo and JayCancer Gets LOST, co-founded by Jo Garfein and Jared Wong, is a 501c3-sponsored organization* that raises money for various cancer charities via online and live auctions of rare and autographed pop culture memorabilia. We focus on channeling all fandoms toward the greater good!

CGL has worked with and donated auction proceeds to respected charities such as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the National Brain Tumor Society, American Cancer Society and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

* CGL has non-profit, tax exempt status thanks to a fiscal sponsorship by FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds. FJC is a public charity that provides management of charitable giving. They have earned a top 4-star rating on Charity Navigator.

What is a Fiscal Sponsorship & What Does FJC Do for CGL?

FJC’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program (FSP) assists organizations like CGL that have not yet received their 501(c)(3) determination from the Internal Revenue Service. The FSP enables FJC to serve as the fiscal sponsor for CGL, as we are too small to be fiscally viable to exist as an independent organization. Through the FSP, CGL receives FJC’s expertise and operates under their tax-exempt umbrella. For more information, please visit FJC’s website.

Full disclosure: we fund Cancer Gets LOST ourselves, with our own money. We very occasionally also receive kind donations from lovely humans. FJC oversees all of the financials for our organization, and they manage our PayPal account. CGL and our two Co-Founders do not keep or earn any money raised in our charity auctions. Cancer Gets LOST is a labor of love that Jo and Jared work on in their spare time, outside of their full-time jobs.

Jo and Jared have not received/earned even $.01 from any of the CGL charity auctions, nor do they plan to.

CGL FUNDRAISING HISTORY

2012

For CGL’s first major online charity auction, every winning bidder donated the money directly to the National Brain Tumor Society; 100% of the proceeds. We chose the NBTS in honor of Jo’s dear friend Jackie, who passed away in 2012.

Total donated: $59,217

 

2014

For CGL’s second major online charity auction, we donated 100% of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

Total donated: $63,542.88

CGL also hosted a live charity auction at LOST 2014 in Hawaii, and we donated 100% of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

Total donated: $10,372.19

2015

CGL hosted a small online charity auction and donated 100% of the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Total donated: $400

2016

CGL hosted another small online charity auction and donated 100% of the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Total donated: $2,584.24

For CGL’s third major online charity auction, we donated 100% of the net proceeds (every cent, after paying auction hosting & shipping vendors) to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Total donated: $65,000

2017

CGL hosted a live charity auction at Unity Days 2017 in Vancouver and donated 100% of the proceeds to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Total donated: $4,600

CGL also hosted a live charity auction at LOST 2017 in Hawaii and donated 100% of the proceeds to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Total donated: $6,000

2018

CGL hosted a live charity auction at Unity Days 2018 in Vancouver and donated 100% of the proceeds to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Total donated: $11,500

CGL also hosted a small online charity auction, partnering with Congageddon, and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation in April once all payments have been verified and confirmed.

Total to be donated: $4,500

For CGL’s fourth major online charity auction, we will be donating 100% of the net proceeds (every cent, after paying auction hosting & shipping vendors) to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. We chose PanCAN in honor of Jo’s mother-in-law, who passed away in 2016 after bravely battling pancreatic cancer for several years.

Transparency is not just CGL’s modus operandi, it is a legal responsibility, and one that we take seriously. We are open to anyone that genuinely wants to work with Cancer Gets LOST. Please contact us for more information. Thank you!