UNITE FOR HER

By her side through breast and ovarian cancer. Empowering her for life.

West Chester, PA   |  www.uniteforher.org

Mission

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by funding and delivering complementary therapies that support the physical and emotional needs of those with breast cancer and ovarian cancer during treatment and beyond. We educate our women and the community about the role of healthy lifestyle choices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness.

Ruling year info

2009

President and Founder

Sue Weldon

Main address

127 East Chestnut Street, First Floor

West Chester, PA 19380 USA

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Formerly known as

Pink Invitational

EIN

26-4444438

NTEE code info

Breast Cancer (G32)

Cancer (G30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Unite for HER is working to ensure that all in the US (recently expanded nationally) who are diagnosed with breast cancer or ovarian cancer have information and access to complementary therapies to support them through treatment and beyond. Unite for HER teaches participants about how complementary therapies can help alleviate many of the side-effects and symptoms of conventional treatment, and then funds and delivers those therapies each participant selects, all through a network of specially trained and compassionate practitioners. Therapies supported by Unite for HER include acupuncture, yoga and meditation, oncology massage, Reiki, nutrition, exercise, as well as psychological and sexual counseling. UFH also seeks to educate the community about the importance of healthy living practices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness.

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?

Wellness Program

Unite for HER works in partnership with local hospitals to educate women with breast cancer or ovarian cancer about how complementary therapies can be used to help minimize the side-effects of conventional medical treatment. We then fund and deliver a customized selection of complementary therapies chosen by each program participant to best support her healing.

Our programs begins for most participants with a restorative and supportive Wellness Day - a full day of education and hands-on experiences. Participants learn about the incredible benefits of acupuncture and exercise, and have the opportunity to try massage, yoga, meditation, and Reiki, and engage in a "beauty is wellness" consultation to learn how to minimize exposure to toxins in personal care products. All participants enjoy a delicious cancer-fighting meal and a lively presentation with a nutritionist and dietician, and a presentation on sexual health.

At the end of the day, each participants takes with her a Wellness Passport that allows her to select those therapies she thinks will best support her healing, all delivered by a carefully trained group of practitioners selected for both their expertise and their compassionate approach.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Number of participants with breast or ovarian cancer who received free access to Integrative therapies and Wellness education

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

Women and girls

Related Program

Wellness Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents number of newly diagnosed women served as well as capturing those living with metastatic disease that we continue to serve ongoing, renewing their access to services every 6 months.

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.

Unite for HER's primary goal is to ensure that those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or ovarian cancer have access to direct hands-on services and educational programs to support them through treatment and beyond. At the core of Unite for HER's mission is the Wellness Program, through which newly-diagnosed breast and ovarian cancer patients are educated about the healing impact of complementary therapies, and then empowered to make choices to integrate those therapies that best support her unique needs into her treatment plan. For those with Stage IV or metastatic disease, UFH's goal is to provide continued support, including by providing the opportunity to receive fully-funded complementary therapies for as long as desired. We plan to serve 2100 participants in the greater Philadelphia area and an additional 840 nationally in fiscal year 2022.

Our hope is for those who have been through the Wellness Program to embrace healthy practices including improved nutrition, fitness, and self-care as part of a lifelong commitment, and to share those practices with family and friends. By providing information and creating opportunities for people to learn more about healthy lifestyle practices, UFH aims to promote greater wellness among breast and ovarian cancer patients and throughout the community.

Unite for HER's core mission is served by the Wellness Program, a partnership with hospitals and cancer care facilities through which newly-diagnosed breast cancer and ovarian cancer patients are educated about the healing impact of complementary therapies, and then empowered to make choices to integrate those therapies that best support her unique needs into treatment plan. The program begins with participant receiving a Care Box, delivered to their home. The box is filled with educational materials and many items which with empower them to begin to make healthy upgrades and better navigate their treatment plan. The Care Box also includes a Wellness Passport. This Passport allows participants to choose the therapies that they feel will best support healing, with options for acupuncture, private yoga and meditation sessions, oncology massage, Reiki, additional nutritional support, fitness club membership, psychological and/or sexual counseling over one full year (up to a $2,000 total value). Those with Stage IV or metastatic disease are offered continued support, and can renew their Passport every six months.

Participants also attend a Virtual Wellness Day where expert practitioners and UFH staff share information about how different therapies can be used to help alleviate the side-effects and symptoms of conventional medical treatment. Participants learn about cancer-fighting properties of different foods, herbs, and spices. Importantly, there is also time for camaraderie and community.

Unite for HER is currently serving more than 2,000 breast and ovarian cancer patients yearly through a network of 30+ partnering hospitals and cancer treatment facilities through the Philadelphia region, into Delaware and southern New Jersey. In fiscal year 2021, UFH began its national expansion, with a focus on underserved communities, planning to serve nearly 1,000 participants this year. This program is providing critical support through treatment, and is creating lifestyle changes that promote greater and lasting wellness.

Beyond our Wellness Program, we engage in outreach throughout the community to educate about the importance of healthy living practices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness.

Our Wellness Program is well-honed at this point, and our staff is capable of handling continued expansion. Our shift to virtual and at-home services during Covid, have led to our ability to expand nationally and serve a larger community, particularly in underserved communities. We maintain an expansive list of specially-trained compassionate providers who work directly with our participants. We are well-known in the medical and wellness communities, and have strong partnerships with more than 50 hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and social service organizations. We are continuously updating the offerings in our Wellness Passport to reflect the needs of different communities and to ensure that all those with breast and ovarian cancer have meaningful access to our program.

Beyond our Wellness Program, each year we reach thousands of members of the community with our message about the importance of healthy living practices through educational talks and other outreach events.

Since our founding in 2009, Unite for HER has served more than 8,300 women with breast cancer in the five-county Philadelphia area, and into New Jersey and Delaware, as well. In the fiscal year 2021-22 we anticipate serving 1,700 newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients and ovarian cancer patients in our local program and 880 in our national reach. In addition, we will continue to serve another 550 in our metastatic and recurrent ovarian continuing services program, being always by their side. To date, virtually 100% of all respondents to our surveys about our Wellness Program have agreed that the day or whole program was a positive experience (90-95% "strongly agree").

The medical community has fully embraced the program, as seen by the rapid growth in the number of our hospital partners and our 100% partner retention rate. Dr. Bob Fried, surgeon at Paoli Hospital,, shared: "As a surgeon caring for many women with breast cancer I can relay to you first hand the significant amount of angst, anxiety and apprehensive they almost all have upon hearing the diagnosis. The Wellness Program allows these women to interact with other women who have had or have cancer and allow them to see and hear testimonials about complementary treatments. Unquestionably these experiences help to relieve much of the concerns about conventional therapy and, equally importantly, hear about the significant benefits of complementary treatments. Those that have participated found emotional, psychological and physical benefits from the additional modalities helping them complete the traditional 'gold standard' treatment for breast cancer."

We are providing both an opportunity and a template for students to serve in their community through our Students Unite for HER program. These students lead fundraising events, including many "pink games." We also provide outreach in the community by speaking with many school, community, and corporate groups about nutrition, avoiding toxins in household and beauty products, engaging in exercise, and other wellness practices.

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?

    Our mission serves those diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

  • 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), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have had three areas in which we have expanded due to the feedback from our community. One being we have expanded to ovarian cancer, treating this population of women with our wellness programming. Second, we have expanded our programming for women living with metastatic disease or recurrent ovarian cancer. These women will have access to our $2000 worth of wellness program integrative therapies, renewing every 6 months, so we can continue to be by their side during their ongoing treatments. Third, Unite for HER developed an innovative new program where we have put our "mission in a box" in order to serve beyond our three state serving area of PA, NJ and Delaware. Now you can send our self care HER care box to anyone in the nation. See hercarebox.org

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • 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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UNITE FOR HER

Board of directors
as of 9/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Linna Li

Main Line Health

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Amy Gallo

IBX

Term: 2020 - 2022

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 09/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's 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

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/14/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.