JESSICA JUNE CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION INC

Helping Children Fight Cancer

aka JJCCF   |   Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  www.jjccf.org

Mission

To help children and their families fight cancer by providing emergency financial assistance for basic human necessities and supportive care services.

Ruling year info

2004

President / CEO

Ms. Sandra Muvdi

Main address

1 Las Olas Circle, STE 209

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA

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EIN

13-4280980

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families are never prepared for a childhood cancer diagnosis which involves an immediate medical and emotional crisis oftentimes followed by a financial crisis. We provide emergency financial assistance to cover basic human needs (i.e. rent, food, electricity, medical) and provide supportive care services (emotional support, advocacy and respite options). This direct and tangible temporary assistance JJCCF provides is vital to the survival of these children while they receive cancer treatment and prevents a family from spiraling down. The assistance also bridges the gap between mainstream and disadvantaged families fighting childhood cancer so that all children can have an equal chance to beat cancer.

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?

Emergency Financial Assistance Program

We provide financial assistance to help families battling childhood cancer maintain access to basic human needs (i.e. home, food, medical, utilities) so they can better focus on the child's survival. The program helps bridge the socioeconomic gap so all children have an equal chance to beat cancer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Since JJCCF was created, all children and their families who qualify for the Financial Assistance Program also benefit from the Supportive Care Services Program which includes:

emotional/bereavement support, respite options, advocacy, collaboration, in-kind distribution, wish granting/matching.

Sandra Muvdi’s (JJCCF’s Founder) first-hand experience fighting blood (loss of daughter), lung (loss of mother) and breast (surviving her own) cancer, helps parents cope with the multiple crises faced after being told “your child has cancer.” Muvdi directly runs the program (one-on-one with each family) with an understanding of the challenges families face during their childhood cancer journey.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

A last resort program which generates community support to further assist families with extreme needs. JJCCF raises funds and awareness by posting and sharing children’s stories on its website, social media, newsletters, and reaching out to collaborating charities. Caring souls can contribute funds or gift cards in honor of a child to help their family survive a temporary crisis.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

A contribution program which encourages organizations or individuals to donate $2,000 to sponsor a family in crisis battling childhood cancer. 100% of the funds donated provide the family with check payments or gift cards to cover their basic human needs such as rent, food, gas, utility and medical.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Health

Where we work

Accreditations

Impact & Results 100 out of 100 Perfect Score by Charity Navigator 2021

Platinum Seal of Transparency (highest level of recognition) by GuideStar 2021

Outstanding Organization Award by Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2018

Awards

“THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD” honors Sandra Muvdi for setting a life-long example of philanthropy 2012

Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Sandra Muvdi for JJCCF’s 10 years of service, community leadership and embracing the Hispanic culture 2014

Hispanic Women of Distinction

City of Ft. Lauderdale, FL Proclamation: honoring Sandra Muvdi for 10 years of service to the community making May 24th official Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundatin day 2014

City of Fort Lauderdale

Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence 2014

Doyle Foundation for Excellence

2013 Charity of the Year by Broward Family Life Magazine 2013

Family Life Magazine

Broward Health names Reception Room in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Center in memory of Jessica and in honor of JJCCF 2009

Broward Health

Sun Sentinel, City & Shore for Life's Victories 2015

Sun-Sentinel

Women Add Value Award presented by Golden Rule International (United Nations Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative) for improving the quality of life of those touched through humanitarian leadership 2016

Golden Rule International

15 Hispanic Prides by El Sentinel (Hispanic publication of the Sun Sentinel) 2017

Sun-Sentinel

Women of Philanthropy by Lifestyle Magazine 2017

Lifestyle Magazine

Outstanding Organization Award by Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2018

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Good People Recognition by Lifestyle Media Group 2019

Lifestyle Media Group

Referral Source of the Year Volunteer Award by Make-A-Wish 2021

Make-A-Wish

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2017

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 families served in cancer treatment

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

Health, Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

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.

Provide emergency financial assistance and supportive care services to families in crisis enduring pediatric cancer.

We have a seamless process in place since 2004 which has proven to be effective. We work with partner hospital social workers who submit referrals to JJCCF. The Foundation serves qualifying residents throughout the state of Florida via partner hospital referrals.

JJCCF prides itself on solving the immediate needs of children and families going through their most dreadful time. Without our ongoing programs, many children undergoing cancer treatment would not have access to basic human necessities and supportive care during times of crisis. Parents are never prepared for a childhood cancer diagnosis and the financial/emotional challenges that immediately follows.

JJCCF has provided emergency financial assistance and supportive care services nearly 5,500 children and family members fighting childhood cancer (as of 12/31/19) throughout the state of Florida.

Almost every penny raised has been applied to our Programs. JJCCF has raised $3.8 million while achieving a high level of expense efficiency. 97% of Total Expenses were Program Service Expenses as per our latest financials (IRS 990 Form) and independent audit.

In 2019 an endowment, “Jessica June Children’s Cancer Fund”, was established at the Community Foundation of Broward to make the mission of the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation perpetual. The Fund’s (endowment) long-term goal is to reach a market value of $1,000,000. The Foundation’s built reserves (net assets) during the past 16 years will help endow the mentioned Fund.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Families battling pediatric cancer throughout Florida whom are facing an emotional, medical and financial crisis. Our list of requirements are made public on our website and provided to all Hospital Social Workers who submit referrals. .

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Testimonials,

  • 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, We assist based on needs and have never denied assistance to a qualifying child/family., To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added a food and travel aid program so that families can have access to a loaded credit card for purchasing food at any grocery store, pumping gas at any gas station and being able to pay for Taxi/Uber/Lyft (anywhere in the country). Although we still provide gift cards for groceries and gas, these options are best covered with above mentioned credit card which avoids having to deal with bulky gift cards and losses in the mail and provides the flexibility of being to make purchases at any grocery store or gas station.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It is important to know how those we serve feel about our programs and act upon their feedback as we are always focused on improvement and strive for perfection. It is very important to listed to the families we serve and the Hospital Social Workers that submit referrals. The Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation's mission was structured from multiple interviews with Hospital Social Workers who unanimously expressed families enduring pediatric cancer were in need of basic human necessities due to the temporary crises they face. We are better able to serve by listening and taking feedback. We've developed additional programs which stem from our Emergency Financial Assistance Program over time.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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JESSICA JUNE CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gregg Sjoquist

The Wasie Foundation

Term: 2008 -

Sandra Muvdi

President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Gregg Sjoquist

Chairperson and Secretary of the Board of Directors

Diana Muvdi

Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Anne Reinstein

Board of Directors

Katie Harlow

Board of Directors

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/08/2021

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