Circulo de Vida Cancer Support & Resource Center (San Francisco, CA)


  • Name:Dr. Carmen Ortiz, PhD
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Circulo de Vida Cancer Support & Resource Center
  • Address:2601 Mission Street, Ste 702
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:415-648-9423
  • Main fax:415-648-6291

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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to walk alongside Latinos living with cancer and their families as they find their way through the fear, confusion and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis. We aim to reduce the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis by assisting Latinos in identifying coping skills that will assist them through the various stages of their illness, and support their ability to meet the challenge of a frightening disease.

  • History:
  • In 1992 the Cancer Support Community (CSC) founded the Latino Outreach Project, the Bay Area's first Spanish-language program created to provide psychosocial support to Latinas diagnosed with cancer. In 1995, Dr. Carmen Ortiz, a breast cancer survivor, took over the project, and members renamed the program Círculo de Vida (CDV). After infusing the program with values reflective of Latinos, such as familismo (the importance of the family unit), personalismo (the importance of warm, interpersonal relationships), Dr. Ortiz tripled the number of support group participants. Because this was the only support group in the Bay Area, women from Oakland, San José, San Rafael, and Daly City often made the long trip into San Francisco to attend. In 1998, after CSC integrated its services with the University of California, San Francisco, CDV stayed behind to remain connected to the Latino Community in the Mission District, and began laying the groundwork to incorporate as a separate entity. CDV formally incorporated in 2000, receiving non-profit status in 2003.

    CDV is the only organization in the San Francisco Bay Area providing comprehensive, ongoing cancer support services in Spanish to Latinos living with cancer and their families. CDV has served nearly 5,000 cancer patients and their families, and has significantly impacted Bay Area Latinos living with the consequences of a cancer diagnosis. Offering the first successful cancer support program in the San Francisco Bay Area, CDV has been a model for support programs in five Bay Area cities. CDV’s name is synonymous with quality culturally competent cancer psychosocial support services and has won numerous awards and recognitions.

  • Year established:2003
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:51-0471693

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:510471693
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CARMEN ORTIZ
  • Organization Address:2601 MISSION ST STE 702
  • Organization City:SAN FRANCISCO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94110-3138
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2003
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:G193
  • Asset Amount:$97,461
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$209,366
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$209,366
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:20:57 pm

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