Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Inc.

Bradenton, FL   |  www.fcsf.org

Mission

Providing non-medical, financial assistance to adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida to allow them to focus on fighting cancer.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Lynn Rasys

Main address

5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210

Bradenton, FL 34211 USA

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Formerly known as

Gulf Coast Oncology Foundation, Inc.

EIN

20-4616813

NTEE code info

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

ate Grantmaking Foundations (Tri)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Tun)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The American Cancer Society estimates that there are 150,500 new cases of cancer this year in Florida. Out-of-pocket medical costs paired with loss of income due to treatment can cause a financial strain on a cancer patient. Undergoing cancer treatment is stressful enough without adding the weight of financial hardship. FCS Foundation wants to lift this burden off of Florida cancer patients by providing them with non-medical financial support.

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?

Financial Assistance

Applicants come to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation to request financial assistance with their non-medical, essential, living expenses. The foundation pays up to $2000 of bills per calendar year for individuals who qualify financially, are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and who currently reside in the State of Florida.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In addition to our in-office volunteer program which provides administrative, fundraising and client support, we have a clinic volunteer program. Clinic volunteers provide non-medical support to cancer patients at FCS clinics. This can include delivering a snack or a drink, providing a warm blanket or simply lending a sympathetic ear to patients undergoing chemotherapy. The clinic volunteer program includes patient art therapy, pet therapy and music therapy to help relieve some of the stress that cancer patients are feeling during their clinic visits. Therapy dogs provide comfort, music soothes and the art therapy kits allow patients to be creative and relax while refocusing their thoughts.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

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 volunteers

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

Clinic Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clinic volunteers provide non-medical support to cancer patients at FCS clinics.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Clinic Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clinic volunteers provide non-medical support to cancer patients at FCS clinics. In response to COVID-19 we created a virtual volunteer program.

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.

The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation strives to provide a respite from the financial burden incurred by individuals being treated for cancer, thus allowing them to focus on their health. The long-term goal is for continued growth and increased fundraising activities in an effort to give even more to those who are in need. Currently, financial assistance can be received from the foundation once a year and there is a maximum amount given. Ideally, the foundation would like to provide assistance to meet the needs of individuals throughout the duration of their cancer treatment. A secondary goal is to be a library of information regarding additional resources available throughout each county in Florida.

The foundation was started as a result of funding from generous physicians who wanted to ensure their patients were taken care of emotionally as well as physically. The organization has been heavily dependent on physician contributions and is now implementing a comprehensive and strategic financial development plan that includes a membership campaign, direct mail holiday campaign, special events, corporate partnerships, a women's giving circle, and peer-to-peer fundraising via social media channels.

A significant resource to the foundation has been and continues to be the partnership with Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS). FCS pays a majority of the organization's operating expenses so that donations coming in to the foundation can go directly to those in need. The foundation is currently implementing a volunteer program and has already seen large growth in number of volunteer hours given. New committees are being utilized, corporate partners are being cultivated, and grassroots fundraising done by friends and family members of people who have cancer has begun.

The foundation has implemented an internship program for college students and a volunteer program for the foundation headquarters. A financial development plan has been created, and a social media plan is in progress. Electronic and cloud solutions for data collection and reporting have been implemented. The process for applying and the application have been revised and streamlined with ease of use for the end user as the goal.

There are still many initiatives on which the organization continues to focus. A website evaluation has occurred and many updates and changes to the existing website are needed. Additional leadership volunteers need to be identified to help lead fundraising efforts and monitor continued improvement in the services provided to clients.

Financials

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Operations

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Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Michael Diaz

Florida Cancer Specialists

Term: 2011 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dr. Maen Hussein

Florida Cancer Specialists

Term: 2021 - 2023

Tom Uhler

Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners

Shelly Glenn

Florida Cancer Specialists

Michael Diaz

Florida Cancer Specialists

Cory Person

Butler, LLP

John Shwiner

Retired

Maen Hussein

Florida Cancer Specialists

Cherylle Hayes

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Timothy O'Donohue

Castle Gate Farm, LLC

Crystal O'Donohue

Castle Gate Farm, LLC

Rhonda Webster

Beja Body Contouring

Dave Webster

The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A.

Tom Kidd

Joan L. Kidd, MD Fight for Life Continuum

Raul Storey

Florida Cancer Specialists

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 01/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data