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Cooper Trooper Foundation

Championing the fight against childhod cancer through sibling support and research funding

Franklin, TN   |  www.coopertrooper.org

Mission

Cooper Trooper Foundation's mission is to champion the fight against childhood cancer through sibling support and research funding.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms. Missy Cook Brookover

Main address

227 Chester Stevens Road

Franklin, TN 37067 USA

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EIN

27-0470758

NTEE code info

Cancer Research (H30)

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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?

Courage Kit for Siblings of Children with Cancer

CTF Courage Kits are available to the well siblings when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Courage Kits can be requested by family, friends, or hospital/clinic staff caring for the child who has received the diagnosis by completing a simple form on our website. Each Courage Kit contains comfort and educational items designed especially for the sibling(s) of a child with cancer to remind them that they are not forgotten during a difficult time. Items included: t-shirt, courage medal, Awareness Bracelet, (a book specifically geared toward siblings and common emotions that they can feel during a diagnoses), Journal & Pen, (stuffed animal that corresponds to the book for younger siblings and socks for older kids/teens), stress ball, sticker, and a Beads of Courage sibling activity kit, along with informational brochures and resources for parents. All items are provided in a re-usable knapsack. *Items are subject to change due to availability and age appropriateness.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Young adults
Children and youth
Health
People with diseases and illnesses

The Cooper Trooper Foundation is committed to financially funding pediatric cancer research through an endowed fund set up with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Although, childhood cancer is the #1 killing disease of America's children, childhood cancer research only receives approximately 4% of the National Cancer Institute budget and almost no pharmaceutical research funds are allocated to childhood cancers. This Endowment Fund is dedicated solely to pediatric cancer research for treatment and trials. As of Sept 2023, over $435,000 has been donated to this researh fund from Cooper Trooper Foundation's fundraising efforts. Checks are presented to the hospital annually, and are determined by our fundraising success and donors for the given year, with consideration of our program expenses.

Population(s) Served
Researchers
Health
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth

In 2018, CTF agreed to a $100,000 commitment to fund a private family infusion/treatment room at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The hospital is currently undergoing expansion and renovations to improve many areas of the hospital including Oncology. With this expansion, there are 10 rooms being designated as private rooms for a child to receive treatment, in which their family can be a part. Currently, clinic patients and those receiving infusion are crowded into one room together, along with other family members, and there is no privacy. This would provide the opportunity for a sick child and their family to more privacy when receiving treatment. CTF fulfilled it's $100K commitment in 2019, and while progress has been made with the expansion in the hospital, the specific infusion room with CTF name plate has not been complete due to construction holds with Covid-19.

Population(s) Served
Families
Health
Children and youth
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of Courage Kits for siblings of children with cancer requested annually?

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

Courage Kit for Siblings of Children with Cancer

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid had a direct impact on our numbers in 2020 and 2021, especially as direct care in the hospital changed so dramatically. 2022 was a re-building year. In 2023, we included new items and updates.

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.
  • 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

  • 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cooper Trooper Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Benson

Molly Westmoreland

VP Human Resources Volunteer Material & Related companies

Delisa Locke

Cooper Trooper Foundation

Matt Benson

Certified Financial Planner- Wellness Financial Advisors

Josh Cook

CAT Financial

Chuka Onuh

Ann Peck

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/29/2023

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.