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 so they can focus on what really matters - fighting cancer and continuing their medical 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?

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
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

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 ever turn away a qualified patient. Four key areas: 1) increase the amount of the annual grant award each year; 2) increase revenue through a variety of sources including brand awareness, donor cultivation and business partnerships; 3) Excellence in customer service with timely responses to patients and immediate response to inquiries and applications for assistance; 4) Volunteer Program expansion to all Florida Cancer Specialists facilities, corporate offices, and Foundation office through in-person and virtual volunteering.

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 Foundation has implemented a comprehensive and strategic development plan that includes donor cultivation, direct mail and email campaign, special events, corporate partnerships, Friendraiser Dinner Series, Legacy of Hope Society, 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 physicians pay for the organization's operating expenses so that donations coming in to the foundation can go directly to those in need. The foundation has a robust volunteer program with Patient Support Volunteers in 54 clinic locations, as well as virtual volunteer program. Multiple fundraising events are held per year in key cities in Florida, and an increase in donor cultivation including the Legacy of Hope Society program.

The foundation has implemented an internship program for college students and a volunteer program for the foundation headquarters, including virtual volunteers. A strategic plan has been implemented with focus in three key areas: Revenue Generation, Client Services and Volunteer Program. Patient applications and volunteer applications are online via the Foundation's website. A marketing plan has also been implemented including digital marketing and social media.

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?

    We serve cancer patients and check in with them on application status, approval or disapproval of application, documentation needed, and updates on their grant award.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have set a goal to ensure excellence in customer service by responding timely to phone calls and emails within 24 hours, and review new patient applications within one week.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

    Asking for feedback has enhanced the customer service experience by understanding what is important to the client and what information the client needs to ensure a smooth application process.

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

    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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Maen Hussein

Florida Cancer Specialists

Term: 2011 - 2024

Tom Uhler

Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners

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

Raul Storey

Florida Cancer Specialists

Praveen Reddy

Ocala Regional Medical Center

Patsy Sanchez

retired

Marjan Zaun

Florida Cancer Specialists

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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2022

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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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.