Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Casting for Recovery

To Fish is to Hope

Mission

The mission of Casting for Recovery (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with 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

1998

Principal Officer

Mrs. Whitney Milhoan

Main Address

109 E. Oak St., Suite 1G

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

Keywords

breast cancer, survivorship, quality-of-life, therapeutic, fly fishing, retreats, physical, mental, spiritual, healing, empowerment, coping, support, education

EIN

03-0354382

 Number

6385578724

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

Fishing and Hunting Clubs (N61)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Casting for Recovery National

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Percentage of participants who would recommend the program to others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

Percentage of participants who felt connected with other participants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

Percentage of participants who felt more aware and accepting of themselves

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

Percentage of participants who gained a new support base with new friends

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

Percentage of participants who felt the retreat was a worthwhile experience.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

Percentage of participants who received new ideas or resources to improve their quality of life

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adults

Related program

Casting for Recovery National

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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 of color who have experienced breast cancer. (We currently turn away 2 women for every one we are able to serve).
Expand services to unserved and underserved areas.
Initiate and provide programs in areas 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.
Expand the CfR Board of Trustees.
Increase the number of annual retreats by providing increased training and fundraising support to local teams.
Develop new programs that are regionally based, allowing a greater number of uninsured and underinsured women to be served. Develop new specialty retreats to better serve specific populations of women with breast cancer.

Our organization has a unique, successful and replicable program model. Our staff and participant evaluations attest to this fact. A new Executive Director, Whitney Milhoan, was hired in 2013 and has made significant changes to the organization, including the fundraising structure, the marketing of the CfR brand, and staff composition. CfR has garnered wide-ranging support from the medical and fly fishing communities.

CfR will know that progress is being made when funding amounts and national sponsorships increase, new retreats are developed, more women of color are served and retreat evaluations show that we are still making a positive, meaningful difference in the lives of women who have experienced breast cancer.

CfR has grown from a small, grassroots organization that held two retreats in 1996 to a nationally-recognized organization that has served more than 8,000 women by 2017. 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.

External Reviews

Financials

Casting for Recovery

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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