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Casting for Recovery

Catch the Power of Nature

Bozeman, MT   |  http://www.castingforrecovery.org

Mission

The mission of Casting for Recovery (CfR) is to enhance the lives of women with breast cancer by connecting them to each other and nature through the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Casting for Recovery offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR's retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants. Casting for Recovery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information on CfR, visit: www.castingforrecovery.org

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mrs. Susan Gaetz

Main address

109 E. Oak St., Suite 1G

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

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EIN

03-0354382

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

Fishing and Hunting Clubs (N61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many women suffer from physical, psychosocial, and financial issues following breast cancer diagnosis. Studies confirm that many women experience significant enough symptoms to be diagnosed with PTSD, but support groups targeting quality of life issues are lacking. Without support, many women continue to live with the isolation and disempowerment breast cancer often generates.

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?

Casting for Recovery National

Each year, Casting for Recovery (CfR) serves approximately 800 women at up to 60 retreats located across the nation. Each retreat is a two and a half day program that incorporates fly fishing instruction and practice, oncology medical, and psychosocial support. Highly qualified women, trained specifically for the CfR program, staff each retreat. Volunteer positions include licensed medical professionals, psychotherapists, and fly-fishing instructors. CfR has over 1800 volunteers nationwide.

Population(s) Served
Women
Adults
Low-income people

Where we work

Awards

Heritage Award 2010

American Museum of Fly Fishing

SHIFT Award 2018

The Center for Jackson Hole

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Percentage of participants who would recommend the program to others

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we were unable to host our traditional retreat season, therefore this metric was unable to be measured.

Percentage of participants who felt better able to cope with the emotional aspects of breast cancer

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we were unable to host our traditional retreat season, therefore this metric was unable to be measured.

Percentage of participants who learned something new about living with breast cancer

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we were unable to host our traditional retreat season, therefore this metric was unable to be measured.

Percentage of participants who improved their support base

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we were unable to host our traditional retreat season, therefore this metric was unable to be measured.

Percentage of participants who received new ideas or resources at their retreat

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we were unable to host our traditional retreat season, therefore this metric was unable to be measured.

Pecent of participants that were inspired to include more outdoor activties at home (walking, mindfulness in nature, fly fishing, etc.)

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we were unable to host our traditional retreat season, therefore this metric was unable to be measured.

Percentage of participants who felt they learned something of value from the CfR Pink Fly Club online virtual program.

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

Adults, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to cancelation of the 2020 retreat season stemming from COVID, CfR adopted an online programming module. This metric is not tracked annually.

Percentage of participants who were satisfied with the CfR Pink Fly Club online program and/or resources.

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

Women, Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to cancelation of the 2020 retreat season, CfR adopted an online programming module to continue to provide education and connection to the women we serve. We only measured this metric in 2020.

Percentage of participants who said the retreat provided them with a sense of empowerment.

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses, Women

Related Program

Casting for Recovery National

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

As a national organization, our broad goals include the following:
Increase unrestricted funding and minimize fundraising pressure on local programs.
Expand retreats and serve more women with breast cancer - we currently turn away 2 women for every one we are able to serve.
Serve more women of color who have experienced disparities in breast cancer morbidity and mortality.
Expand services to unserved women in underserved locations - where there is the greatest need.

Our strategies to achieve our goals include the following:
Expand and diversify our current fundraising plan, including increased leverage of social media.
Cultivate relationships with new national partners.
Recruitment of women of color onto CfR Board of Trustees.
Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across our organizational model.
Increase the number of annual retreats by through training and fundraising support to local teams.
Increase outreach and recruitment to uninsured/underinsured, low-income, rural, and women of color in order to serve the most vulnerable women with breast cancer.

Our organization has a unique, successful and replicable program model that has shown to work for 25 years. CfR has an active and engaged Board of Trustees that is committed to sustainable growth and equity - considering both the needs of individual communities and CfR’s available resources when exploring opportunities for expansion.
Through CfR's small but robust staff and its vast volunteer network of 1800 strong, we have displayed a capability and resilience to continue providing our life-affirming program and grow our organization to meet the needs of the women we serve.

CfR has grown from a small, grassroots organization that held two retreats in 1996 to a nationally-recognized organization that has served more than 10,500 women. Our innovative program has inspired international efforts in Canada, UK/Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Italy. Despite our successes, we remain unable to meet the demand for our program and currently turn away 2 women for every one we are able to serve. We need increased capital to expand and grow our programs to meet this need.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Casting for Recovery

Board of directors
as of 04/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Charles Penley, MD

Tennessee Oncology

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Ronetta Briggs

Osiyo Group

Term: 2024 - 2026

Kristin Mellinger

V3 Strategic Solutions

Linda Lovgren, APR

Emspace + Lovgren

Diane Bristol

SIMMS

Scott Cassity

SANS Institute - GIAC

Cindy Thebaud

U.S. Navy, Retired

Daniel Hayes, MD

University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center

Benita Walton, MD

Dartmouth College

Robert Tompkins

Holland & Knight

Missy Sprouse

Sprouse & Neuhoff Photography

Patricia Shands, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Retired

Daniel Rose

Microsoft

Caitlyn Murphy

Everett Public Schools

Jennifer Sparks

Sparks & Rec LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.