Connecticut Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Helping Cancer Patients

aka CCF   |   Old Saybrook, CT   |  www.ctcancerfoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the CT Cancer Foundation is to provide financial assistance to CT cancer patients and their families to help with basic living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, and utilities, and to fund research.

Ruling year info

1989

President and Executive Director

Mrs. Jane Ellis

Main address

15 North Main Street

Old Saybrook, CT 06475 USA

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Formerly known as

CT Sports Foundation Against Cancer, Inc.

EIN

06-1240574

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Cancer Research (H30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A diagnosis of cancer is not only emotionally and physically devastating, but financially devastating as well. Many cancer patients or their caregivers find them in deep financial need due to loss of income and increased medical bills. It is very common for cancer patients to fall behind on their monthly bills, especially if they were living paycheck to paycheck before diagnosis. As a result, many people face the loss of their housing, repossession of their car, utility shutoff, or food insecurity. A third of cancer patients will file for bankruptcy. In pediatric cancer families, the number of patients filing for bankruptcy is as high as fifty percent. The CT Cancer Foundation seeks to alleviate this financial distress by providing direct to CT cancer patients and their families to assist with everyday living expenses, while they go through treatment.

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?

CT Cancer Patient Assistance Program

The CT Cancer Patient Assistance Program provides financial assistance to CT cancer patients and their families to help pay basic living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, and utilities.

Working with social workers at hospitals and cancer centers across Connecticut, we are able to identify and quickly assist cancer patients in Connecticut who are facing financial distress.

In FYE 2017, the CT Cancer Foundation gave out over $470,000 in financial aid to people fighting cancer in Connecticut. Since our founding, the CT Cancer Foundation has given out over $5 Million to CT cancer patients and their families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CT Cancer Patient Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric addresses how many CT cancer patients received funding from CCF.

Median grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CT Cancer Patient Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric relates to the median grant amount received by CT cancer patients and their families.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CT Cancer Patient Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric identifies how much total financial assistance was provided to CT cancer patients and their families in that fiscal year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation provides financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients and their families. Our goal is to increase the numbers of patients that we serve, while also increasing the amount of aid we are able to provide. In FYE 2019, we provided over $485,000 CT cancer patients to help them pay basic living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, and utilities through our CT Cancer Patient Assistance Program. In FYE 2020, our goal is $500,000. For the past 33 years, CCF has provided over $6M in financial assistance to more than 7,000 Connecticut cancer patients and their caregivers.

We are working to expand our Matching Partner Program with hospitals and cancer treatments centers in Connecticut. We launched this effort in 2015 and have been able to double the amount of funding that we give to our partner hospitals as a result. We are working to add more hospitals to this network, thus increasing the amount of financial aid that we can provide to their cancer patients.

In addition to patient assistance, CCF funds cutting-edge research in the area of radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, with a special emphasis on lymphoma. In the past 30 years, funding for this research has helped standardize the radiation treatment for lymphoma globally, greatly improving prognosis for millions of lymphoma patients. Our goal is to continue funding this important research and to increase the amount of research funding we provide each year.

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide funding, both to CT cancer patients and in the area of research. In 2015, CCF launched a Matching Partner program with the major hospitals and cancer centers in Connecticut. In this program, the partner hospital makes a donation to CCF for the benefit of that hospital's cancer patients; CCF matches the amount, thus doubling the amount of financial aid available for those patients. This effort builds on our longstanding relationship with the oncology social workers at all of the hospitals, who have been referring patients to us for years. In FYE 2020, we will continue to expand this network and continue to increase our assistance to cancer patients being treated at our hospitals. We are also working to expand our fundraising initiatives. Our fundraising activities are as follows: We hold the Annual Celebrity Dinner at Mohegan Sun each year in February. This exciting gala features sports celebrities such as Derek Jeter and David Ortiz in a lively sports program. This high-end evening is attended by close to 1,000 of CT's top business leaders, investors, and medical professionals and is one of our main fundraisers. Our Cycle Against Cancer is a statewide, indoor-cycling fundraiser that brings together hundreds of CT residents to form teams, raise money, and get a great "spinning" workout in - all to help CT cancer patients. In 2018, we have expanded this fundraiser with locations in West Hartford, Danbury, Old Saybrook , and Niantic. In 2017, we partnered with the Ledyard Police Department for their No Shave November event, during which the officers didn't shave and collected donations for CCF. This fundraiser was very successful and we have expanded it to include more than sixty police departments throughout CT in 2019. Other peer-to-peer fundraisers include an outdoor obstacle course fundraiser, called the m.e.l.t.-a-thon Against Cancer and our new fishing tournament called, Fishing Against Cancer. In July 2017, we opened our Operations Center in Old Saybrook, a building that hosts our offices, an extensive sports memorabilia exhibit, and an international art gallery. Every inch of our Operation Center was designed with fundraising in mind - this building will definitely support our fundraising efforts to raise more money for CT cancer patients. In addition to the above mentioned initiatives, we also pursue grants and major gift donations. Success in these arenas will allow us to increase the amount of funding that we provide to CT cancer patients, as well as increase the amount of funding that we provide to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation has a proven track record for raising money and providing financial aid to help CT cancer patients. Since our founding in 1987, CCF has been managed by Jane Ellis, the President and Executive Director. Under her meticulous guidance, CCF has provided over $6 million in financial aid to CT cancer patients and over $2.1 million in research funding for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. CCF's most recent audit revealed our administrative costs to be only 9% of our total budget and CCF was recently rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator. Connecticut Cancer Foundation keeps administrative costs low by only having three full-time employees and one fundraising consultant. CCF is proud to have numerous volunteers that serve on multiple committees to help make our events a success. The Steering Committee members perform numerous tasks to support their event, such as securing sponsors, soliciting donations, and securing raffle items. Our longstanding, positive relationships with CT hospitals have aided in our expansion of the Matching Partner Program. As this program grows and proves successful, more hospitals will see the benefit and participate.

In the past 30 years, the Connecticut Cancer Foundation has provided over $6 million in financial assistance to over 5,000 Connecticut cancer patients and their families. In addition, CCF has provided over $2.1 million in funding for lymphoma research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In 2017, CCF was awarded a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which is defined as "exceptional, outperforms most charities in its cause." CFF is proud that a recent audit showed that only 12% of our budget was allocated for administrative costs - a testament to the dedication of our staff and volunteers and the meticulous oversight of our Executive Director and Board of Directors. Also in 2017, CCF opened it doors to our new Operations Center, which houses our offices, an extensive sports memorabilia exhibit, and an international art gallery. This beautiful new building will support our fundraising efforts as we seek to provide more financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients and their families. In the coming years, we will increase our financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients, as well as our research funding at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. We will continue to support research to find a cure for lymphoma and we will continue to support Connecticut cancer patients and their families, so that they can focus on their health, instead of their bills.

Financials

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Connecticut Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Ellis

CT Cancer Foundation

Term: 1987 - 2017

John Ellis

Richard Cersosimo

Pasta Vita

Thomas Comer

Michael Chapin

From You Flowers

Fitor Mamudi

Starion Energy

Edward Newman

Ray Pineault

Mohegan Sun

Jay Rothman

ESPN

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