The LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project (CIP) replicates programs that have demonstrated success in supporting people affected by cancer within one city, state or region of the United States. Since its inception, the CIP has invested more than $4 million to replicate twelve programs in more than 600 communities, serving tens of thousands of survivors in the process. Using replicable programs with proven success has allowed the LIVESTRONG Foundation to eliminate the cost of developing new programs and provide more immediate implementation of programs to help cancer survivors, their families and health care professionals.

The Community Impact Project involves three primary phases.

Phase 1

Organizations apply to have their programs replicated across the United States through the Community Impact Project and after a thorough review, the Foundation chooses 3 to 4 programs for national expansion that we believe address an unmet need within the cancer community. These projects are funded through the E. Lee Walker Award which supports innovative programs that help cancer survivors.

Phase 2

Next, hospitals, cancer centers, universities and community-based organizations apply to bring one or more of the selected Programs to their respective communities. Applications are vetted and, depending on their individual location, community served and demonstrated need for the Program(s), are then approved for the third phase of the CIP. Selected organizations then are slated to receive training and funds to implement each Program.

Phase 3

The third phase of the CIP involves an interactive voting campaign where the LIVESTRONG community votes to determine where funding goes. Each of the selected organizations appeals for support to the general public to bring their respective Programs to their communities. Since 2010 nearly one thousand organizations have participated in the voting process for the CIP, garnering a total of more than one million votes online from around the country.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation will be evaluating the Community Impact Project in 2015 while maintaining our support for the existing programs. To contact us with questions please email