CAROLINA BREAST FRIENDS INC

Until there's a cure, there's care.

Charlotte, NC   |  www.carolinabreastfriends.org

Mission

The mission of Carolina Breast Friends is to serve the breast cancer community in a positive environment. We provide education, encouragement, and friendship during any stage of the journey. support group for Breast Cancer survivors

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Lynn Erdman

Main address

1607 E Morehead St

Charlotte, NC 28207 USA

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EIN

20-2460400

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and men can also develop breast cancer. The experience is profoundly life altering both physically and emotionally, the medical interventions can be arduous, and the journey is often long. While loved ones, caregivers, and healthcare professionals often provide meaningful support, no one can understand the experience and support the journey with more insight than others who are or have experienced breast cancer themselves. This type of peer support and connection is at the heart of Carolina Breast Friend' mission. Carolina Breast Friends works to strengthen the well being of women and men with breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors at any point in their journey will find community and activities at Carolina Breast Friends' Pink House to help them rise stronger.

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?

Sessions at the Pink House

Free Wellbeing, Support, Self-Image, Nutrition, and Education sessions for women and men experiencing breast cancer. These sessions occur primarily at Carolina Breast Friends' Pink House--a safe haven and positive environment for breast cancer Survivors at point in their journey.

Population(s) Served

Women and men with breast cancer are matched with vetted breast cancer survivors who have experienced a similar diagnosis and/or treatments and can provide personal insight and support.

Population(s) Served

We distribute free wigs, breast prosthesis, bras, Comfort Bags of items to help ease the chemo/radiation experience, Inspiration Jars, mastectomy pillows, and other supplies to support someone with breast cancer.

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 programs documented

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Sessions at the Pink House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We deliver 25 - 30 sessions a month in the areas of Wellbeing, Support, Education, Self-Image and Nutrition--all free to people experiencing breast cancer. We also have a 1:1 Mentoring Program.

Number of products distributed

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Wigs, Breast Prosthesis, Inspiration Jars, Comfort Bags for Chemotherapy/Radiation, Mastectomy Pillows

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We serve women and men who are experiencing or have experienced breast cancer. We also offer occasional supportive sessions for the loved ones and caregivers we call co-survivors.

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.

• A program Ideation session, a detailed implementation plan, execution of the plan and results
• Continuation of the expansion of programming is warranted to ensure that the Pink House is fully utilized
• The right balance of Team, Board members and Volunteer support is vital to successful programs
• A measurement protocol to determine success – increased attendance is one sign of success; what other measures need to be tracked?

The Strategic Plan for Carolina Breast Friends supports both the short-term and long-term needs of the organization. An approach has been built for 2016 that centers on foundational aspects that will enable the 2020 goals to be realized.
2016 Strategic Plan creates the CBF foundation
1. Leadership: breadth and depth
2. Community Involvement
3. Financial Strength
4. Defined Success
To accomplish the 2016 Strategic Plan, the focus is on: Survivors, Growth, Efficiency & Effectiveness and Transition Management
2020 Strategic Plan focuses on growth and expansion
1. Geographic Reach
2. Financial Health

Strengths
• Passion of all constituents
• 13 years of existence
• The presence of the Pink House
• Recent expanded programs
• Recent reconnection with Navigators
• Incredible financial results year to date
• Faithful volunteers who respond immediately to our requests
• Survivors who consistently attend programs and verbalize their appreciation of the services of CBF
• Select community partners who consistently support and promote CBF
• The addition of the Healing Garden
• Growth of awareness of CBF

Carolina Breast Friends is seeking a replacement for the Outreach Director on the Board and is diligently searching for the right candidate.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CAROLINA BREAST FRIENDS INC

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Harrelson

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable