NetSuite helps foundation meet its mission—to fight childhood cancer

A non-profit is stepping up its fight against childhood cancer with a new platform that will manage its financial and marketing operations.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for children battling cancer. The firm was inspired by Alexandra Scott’s personal battle with neuroblastoma, a childhood form of cancer, and her initial lemonade stand that she opened when she was just four years old. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $150 million — and continues to grow.

To manage this growth, the foundation is partnering with NetSuite, a move that will enable it to optimize its financial operations, donor relations and marketing programs.

The solution will eliminate previously manual and time-consuming processes, enabling the foundation to focus on its mission and launch new initiatives — including the way the funds are dispersed. Specifically, the platform will manage grant distribution, an expanding range of fundraising events, and keep administration costs low to ensure donors’ money is going to the mission.

“We’re focused on continuing Alex’s fight to bring an end to childhood cancer, and support the many families and medical professionals involved in that struggle,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mother and co-executive director of the foundation. “As we continue to expand into research of our own, we needed a system that could support our growth and help us better manage our operations. NetSuite was the answer.”

To date, the ALSF has funded more than 800 research projects at 135 hospitals, and provided support for families that are forced to travel get cancer treatments. In 2017, the foundation created the Childhood Cancer Data Lab, which features a team of data scientists, engineers and designers that leverage publicly available sources to make cancer data and analysis widely available, easily mineable and broadly reusable.