Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Bay Area Cancer Connections

aka BACC   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.bayareacancer.org

Mission

Bay Area Cancer Connections supports anyone touched by breast or ovarian cancer with personalized services that inform and empower.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Rina Bello

Main address

2335 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA

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Formerly known as

Breast Cancer Connections

EIN

77-0417605

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Cancer (G30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bay Area Cancer Connections' vision is to be a self-sustaining organization at the forefront of community-based cancer support. We do this by being a trusted partner to our clients, donors, the medical community and collaborative organizations, while striving to address shifting gaps in cancer services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Resource Center

Free resources include:  Breast Health Library; helpline telephone and walk-in support by caring volunteers; weekly drop-in question and answer sessions with physicians; a Buddy Program matching current clients with breast cancer survivors; support groups for individuals who are newly diagnosed, have metastatic breast cancer, have DCIS, and who have completed treatment; a support group for couples; a team of therapists available for crisis counseling; healing and guided imagery sessions, writing workshops, mindfulness meditation workshops, life coaching and other ongoing wellness activities; assistance preparing for medical appointments; and volunteer opportunities for breast cancer survivors and friends.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Early Detection Program helps young, at-risk women and men navigate the medical system and access necessary screening and diagnostic tests. The program pays for services for women and men under 40 who have no insurance or resources and are at risk for breast cancer.

Population(s) Served
Females
General/Unspecified

Peer support for people diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer

Population(s) Served
Females
General/Unspecified

Emotional support groups for people touched by breast or ovarian cancer.

Population(s) Served
Females
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Awards

Best Non Profit to Work For 2008

Opportunity Knocks

Spirit of Hope Award 2011

Stanford Cancer Center

Renewal Award 2011

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of screening services provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with cancer

Related Program

Early Detection Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes the number of clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, and appointments we helped our clients receive, free of charge through our Screening Navigation Program.

Number of client interactions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with cancer

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes the number of clients attending our classes and groups, used our programs like our medical information services, our Buddy program, the number of visits to our Wig Boutique, and more.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Bay Area Cancer Connections supports anyone affected by breast or ovarian cancer with personalized services that inform and empower. Guiding Principles: • We place the needs of our clients first • We empower clients by providing education that helps them make informed decisions • We provide personalized services directly and through partnerships across the continuum of care • We value the experience, knowledge and involvement of volunteers, breast cancer survivors, their families and caregivers • We are committed to providing our services free of charge

Bay Area Cancer Connections (BACC) is the region's largest nonprofit educator and support network serving those affected by breast and ovarian cancer. We offer a wide range of free, personalized services designed to inform and empower individuals, including emotional support, cancer education, therapies, and more. In addition, BACC provides low-income, uninsured women and men with access to critical screening and diagnostic services for breast health issues.

Since 1993 BCC has been providing free programs and services to those touched by breast cancer. A sample of the programs and services we offer includes: Special presentations that address specific cancer topics/issues/advances. A boutique offering free wigs, hats, breast prostheses, bras, swimsuits, and more- with complimentary fittings. Online and in-center research resources. An annual, educational conference featuring innovators and leaders in breast and ovarian cancer care and research. Personalized assistance understanding a diagnosis by our on staff PhD and a medical resource library. The BCC helpline – staffed primarily by volunteers, 90% of whom are survivors, this service provides medical information, emotional support and referrals to other services and resources in the client’s community. Peer support through the Buddy program which pairs clients with someone who has gone through a similar cancer experience. More than 12 types of support groups and individual counseling with a licensed therapist specializing in cancer-related therapies. Personalized assistance with on-the-job issues related to breast cancer, including insurance concerns and employment benefits. Survivorship programs that offer resources, opportunities and ongoing workshops for breast cancer survivors and their support networks. Special weekly programs and events that include nutritional programs, exercise classes, alternative therapies and general support for individuals at each stage treatment and survivorship.

In 2018 we served over 1,400 individuals which included: * 6,620 interactions with clients. * 2,950 visits were made to our group sessions and classes. * __ of those people were new clients to our BACC community *249 people received free wigs, hats, scarves, and more *250 people attended our annual Cancer Conference *186 people had one-on-one consultations with our Medical Research Specialist *36 special presentations throughout the year provided cutting-edge information to our clients *Volunteers gave 4487.92 hours of their time to BACC this last year alone

BACC remains unique in its ability to tailor its services to each client, offering a combination of high-quality medical information, practical help and emotional support in a non-institutional setting. BACC complements the medical care that patients receive from their physicians and provides a safety net for low income, uninsured young women and men at risk. BACC’s programs aim to ensure that no one faces cancer alone and that each person is connected with the resources that best serve his or her needs. BACC recognizes that every person touched by cancer experiences the illness differently and therefore continually adapts its programs and services to serve a range of needs, be they emotional, informational, or access to care.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bay Area Cancer Connections

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ann Kane


Board co-chair

M. Elizabeth Day

Feinberg Day

Term: 2018 - 2019

Jill Freidenrich

Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Day

Feinberg Day

Ann Kane

Amy Moody

Community Volunteer

Liz Kniss

Financial Advisor & Community Volunteer

Jonathan Berek, M.D.

Physician

Julie Brooks

Attornye

Kathleen Horst, M.D.

Physician

Guillermo Morantes

Insurance Broker & Community Volunteer

Mika Nishimura

Executive, Biomedical

Mark Simon

Community Volunteer

Pamela Ratliff

Senior Administrator, Public Health and Cancer

Rebecca Brandes

Executive, Biomedical

Beth Solomon-Casper

Community Volunteer

Lauren Seder Antonakos

Attorney

Ann Kane

Marketing & Communications

Liz Kniss

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

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