Cancer Alliance of Naples Inc.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

aka CAN   |   Bonita Springs, FL   |  www.cancerallianceofnaples.org

Mission

CAN provides non-medical financial aid, resources and support for children, individuals and families affected by cancer.

Notes from the nonprofit

Cancer Alliance is a small charity working hard to serve the cancer community. We continue to strive for areas of improvement and value the input of those we serve.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Mr. Neftali J. Feliciano

Director of Operations

Lora Joye

Main address

3384 Woods Edge Circle Suite #102

Bonita Springs, FL 34134 USA

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EIN

22-3879709

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cancer Alliance is the "best kept secret" in Collier and Lee County. You either know us or you do not. Working to expand our exposure and find more cancer patients who need us. Having more a presence in the community. With a small staff this becomes difficult but is very important.

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?

Non medical financial assistance

Rent to avoid eviction; phone, electric and water utilities to avoid shut offs; car payments to avoid repossession; gas to get to treatment; food for nourishment for cancer patient and family -- during the time the cancer patient is in chemo or radiation therapy or treatment is no longer working and patients are at end of life; eligible if living in service area for a minimum of one year, within 175% of the federal poverty line, and cancer is verified by a physician.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

A licensed mental health counselor provides cancer patients and/or caregivers support through group meetings. These groups are in English & Spanish as are help in Naples & Bonita. This group motivates and encourages other cancer patients and caregivers to speak about their own issues and the group offers help on how they personally resolved them or learned to deal with them -- from side effects to speaking with their loved ones about what they are going through.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

CAN provides the Food for Life Program by a licensed nutritionist from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine- Washington DC This program consists of single or series series of cooking classes for cancer patients, caregivers or those with a history of cancer.   Anyone in the community who is interested in learning healthy living plant-based diets may attend.  CAN's interest is to help those with cancer avoid side effects from therapy while learning to embrace a difference lifestyle of eating to avoid or reduce the chance of being diagnosed with cancer.    Classes are free, compliments of a local foundation who pays for the food and instruction.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2008 the president of the board shared his vision of young people helping young people who are battling cancer or have a parent or sibling with cancer.  KIDSCAN began with 10 high school kids from 4 Collier County public and private schools.  They earned  money through fundraising to offer 2 college scholarships valued at $2500 to one local high school senior battling cancer and one whose mom had cancer. KIDSCAN kids  earn community service credit helping CAN with events and take the lead in planning our annual holiday party for all beneficiaries -- both adults and children with cancer and their families.  KIDSCAN kids help with our annual family retreat for our cancer children.  They learn leadership and responsibility.  They also learn what goes into determining who will get a scholarship and for how much.  Many applications are submitted to CAN for college scholarship money.  The KIDSCAN kids study the applications and award recipients, an exercise they take very seriously.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

CollegeCAN was started as an idea from an intern who was working with 21st Century Oncology for the summer. The intern had grown up in Naples and graduated from a local high school. Since, she is attending New York University and brought over 12 similar students together to start CollegeCAN. This group included over 17 junior board members from colleges around the country, all students graduated high school locally and still have family and friends tied to the community. CollegeCAN raises dollars through fundraising events that supports local cancer patients and the KidsCAN scholarship fund. There are currently 2 KidsCAN graduates who are representing CollegeCAN. This group also focuses on leadership and community service projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CAN is supported by a local business, LaDonna Roye & donations to provide headdresses and wigs for those cancer patients that need one. This service is free and there is no qualification.  Project Hope provides cancer support bags for cancer patients during their time of treatment. Many bags are hand made and also include a knitted shawl or blanket. In addition, necessities include lemon drops, lip balm, socks, and other comfort items.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Annual Audit 2018

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

CAN has supported those at or below 175% of the Federal poverty line and in the last two years has been able to extend up to 250% of the poverty line. Helping more and more cancer patients and their families. The primary goal of CAN is to ensure that we keep the R.U.G. (Rent, Utilities, Gas) under the feet of cancer patients. CAN provides needs-based financial assistance for Rent, Utilities and Gas while cancer patients are in treatment. Giving cancer patients a peace of mind and helping these patients get on with their lives, while they are fighting for their lives. Taking the daily stress off of the cancer patient and their family during the stressful & difficult time.  CAN can also assist with food and other necessary items for daily needs that are non-medical. First, never again have a waiting list because of a lack of funding to help local, low income cancer patients and their families; CAN pays up to $3,000 per household in rent, utilities and other non-medical bills on a one-time basis during the time each patient (beneficiary) is in active treatment or at the end of life and in the care of Hospice.  Unfortunately in the past we have had to put as many as 25 families on waiting lists until grants, donations or other revenue from events have come in and we could take them off one at a time.  Another goal is that there will never be a wait list again. It is difficult for patients to ask for help.  It is worse when they do and we have to put deserving, eligible patients on a waiting list. CAN strives to be the expert of non-medical resources for cancer patients and their families. We work hard to connect with each of our families to provide the much needed support during their most difficult times.

CAN would like to recruit and ensure a strong board and focusing on the priorities of the organization such as the long-term sustainability of the organization. CAN would like to transition from event driven and expand in to more donor development and longer-term foundation strategies. In order for CAN to continue to pay cancer patients bills, CAN also needs to support our own bills and have a long-term strategy for operational support,  such as donor development and annual campaigns that assist in ensuring the current organizational capacity as well as the growth and expansion for the infrastructure. CAN is only limited in those we serve based on how we can support the efforts internally. CAN also wants to ensure that our resources can expand to Lee County as well as ensure we become the expert in non-medical support for cancer patients in our local community. This would help ensure we can streamline our assistance for cancer patients whether we provide them with financial assistance or not.

CAN is unique; we do not duplicate the services of any other cancer organization in Collier County or Lee County.  CAN's staff works tirelessly to find funding for all of our cancer patients -- through grants and fundraising events of our own, and fundraising done by other businesses and communities who care about our mission.  We have the staff, the experience, the compassion and the knowledge to help any qualified low income person in Collier County who suffers from cancer by paying their non-medical bills.  A wealth of knowledge of the non-medical challenges faced by cancer patients has been accumulated by our staff and volunteers, and experience has taught us to be able to assist these cancer patients with what they need in each case.  We are filling a gap in this community.  CAN partners with other non-profits, businesses and community groups to ensure we continue to advocate and raise awareness for the work that we do. CAN's board has worked very hard over the last 2 years to move the organization forward, ensuring we can expand and help more cancer patients and their families.

CAN has accomplished so much. What started with a local group of passion-filled individuals has turned into a fully functioning non-profit agency that keeps families in their homes, the lights on and puts food on the table. Even though CAN has been in Collier County for 17 years, CAN struggles with awareness. Some individuals find us too late or those that have lived here for years have never even heard of CAN. We have tripled the number of patients we serve in the last two years. We have secured more funding to do this work. We have streamlines processes and expanded programs giving access to more resources to the cancer community. CAN struggles because we are too small to have a marketing department or budget, we only have a current staff of 5 and the support needed for cancer patients takes most all of our time. This will continue to be a struggle as CAN transitions and continues to grow.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    cancer patients, caregivers, community member who access services

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Within the last year we reviewed our current services and adjusted our requirements to reduce increase our poverty scale from 175% of poverty to 250% of the federal poverty scale across the board to assist another socioeconomic level that otherwise would not have qualified. We reduced our residency requirement from 1 year to 6 months to help ensure we could assist more families.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    They identify our agency as a place they can always call when they are in need of any type of assistance. That we become a long term resource for them no matter the length of time in between.

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, 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?

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

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cancer Alliance of Naples Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Hansen

Karpus Investment

Kevin Dolan

Board Member

Erica Vanover

Secretary

Scott Hansen

President

Saman Freedman

Vice President

Geoff Hunter

Board Member

Priyanka Handa, MD

Board Member

Mari Gallegos

Board Member

Samuel Colburn

Board Member

Rosa Rodriquez

Board Member

Jack Clark

Board Member

Edward Morton

Board Member

Linda Leatherbury

Board Member

Nicholas Echeverria

Board Member

Kevin Kozak

Board Member

Grace Gutierrez

Board Member

Abby Miknaitis

Board Member

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 09/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.