CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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CharityWatch's rating of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance is based on the 2015 tax form and audit of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, pre-merger with Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

According to a January 26, 2016 press release, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund announced a merger, forming the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA). The press release states: "The newly formed OCRFA will be the largest global organization dedicated to advocating for policies that give women access to the services they need before, during and after a diagnosis, and advancing critical ovarian cancer research."

[See the "Donor Alerts & Articles / Media" Tab for a link to the full press release dated 1/26/16 announcing the merger.]
According to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) audit of December 31, 2015 (Note 1), OCRF received in-kind contributed services "for advertising services, professional fees and postage" valued at $601,404 in 2015.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]

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