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Karma for Cara Foundation is a non-profit founded by 21-year-old Cara Becker and her family while she was being treated for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in October of 2012. Cara had always been involved in community service since a young age, and she and her family saw a tremendous need to support other patients who were going through the same challenging treatment. Tragically, Cara passed away in December 2012 from complications from leukemia. Yet her dream lives on through the vision and works of the foundation, her family, and friends who are inspired by her example of service and interest in helping others, even when she herself was in need of help.


1. To promote and support youth engagement and service to others in communities throughout the US.

2. To work to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and their families.

3. To recognize and reward individuals and organizations that are having an impact in service to others due to their passion, energy and smarts.

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UNC AEPi Donates Proceeds from Philanthropy to K4C
The brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi at University of North Carolina recently held an ice cream fundraiser with all proceeds donating to Karma for Cara. We spoke with AEPi’s Vice President Matt Greenberg who coordinated the philanthropy. Matt and his... Read more

Q&A With Microgrant Recipients Sophia and Olivia
Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipients Sophia and Olivia. Sophia and Olivia created three types of bags to ease the transition for children who are... Read more

Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Robyn
Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Robyn, a 17-year-old who volunteers with “Wonders & Worries”. Wonders & Worries help children whose parents have a life threatening illness by... Read more

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A Night of Inspiration
Please join us for a night of dinner, music and conversation. Be inspired by young leaders as they change their communities and the world. The night features young musicians from From the Top, an organization fostering amazing talent, and several of our own Karma for... Read more

Mix and Mingle for a Cause
On Thursday, October 15, join Karma for Cara and L2 at Athleta for Mix and Mingle for a Cause. The night features wine, hor d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, and shopping! Ten percent of all Athleta purchases go directly to K4C, along... Read more

Looking for a fun night out and a way to help Karma for Cara? Seeing “JOIN THE CLUB” is the answer! “JOIN THE CLUB!” is at the Skokie Theatre. When you purchase a ticket, enter the code KC at checkout... Read more

Cara Cookie Volunteers

Cara Cookie Volunteers

Cara Cookie Volunteers is a children's book that tells the true story of Cara's first time volunteering. The book introduces kids to the importance and benefits of volunteerism and encourages them to get involved in community service. If you would like a book sent to your school or library free of charge, email

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