Team Tony Cancer Foundation Inc

Shared Steps Through Cancer

Sarasota, FL   |  https://teamtony.org/

Mission

Team Tony Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide free peer-to-peer support and resources to cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers to ensure no one on Florida's Suncoast faces cancer alone.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mrs. Kelly Deam

Founder

Mr. Tony McEachern

Main address

3562 South Osprey Avenue, Suite C.

Sarasota, FL 34239 USA

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EIN

27-3755241

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

Human Service Organizations (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Team Tony, it is our mission to offer 1-to-1 support and resources for those battling cancer. We pair local cancer survivors and caregivers with cancer fighters and caregivers to help inspire and support them throughout their fight, and ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

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?

Peer-to-Peer Cancer Support

Hearing you have cancer is terrifying! Our peer-mentoring program matches a trained cancer survivor or caregiver (Teammate), who are volunteers, with a newly diagnosed cancer fighter or one who is caring for someone with cancer. A Teammate understands what going through cancer is like and offers encouragement, insight, and inspiration. We match Teammates based on cancer diagnosis, age, gender, and similar life experiences. Knowing someone is there to share experiences makes a big difference while going through this tough time.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Small Business of the Year 2021

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2021

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, Adults

Related Program

Peer-to-Peer Cancer Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers refer to our volunteer Teammates who are cancer survivors and caregivers, and those who volunteer time at community events.

Number of new Support Seekers within the past 12 months

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Peer-to-Peer Cancer Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Specifically refers to any cancer fighter or caregiver who were matched with a Teammate

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Peer-to-Peer Cancer Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These grants are provided through our Medical Assistance Program and are designed to help alleviate expenses associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Specifically relates to any donor who contributed to a Team Tony fundraising event.

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.

Our Vision is to ensure that no one on The Florida Suncoast faces Cancer alone. Through our free peer to peer mentor program, we work to match newly diagnosed cancer fighters and caregivers with others who have already been through this journey, someone who can relate on a very personal level to what they are going through. We also try to alleviate the financial burden of a new cancer diagnosis by offering financial assistance for medical expenses incurred due to a cancer diagnosis to those enrolled in our peer to peer mentor program.

In order to further our mission of 1-to-1 support and resources for local cancer fighters and caregivers, it is important to continuously spread the word of the foundation and its programs. Our strategy is to make sure that Team Tony is visible in the community, and that people know about our support program and medical grant program.
We aim to educate and inform the local community about the importance of support during the fight against cancer, and to encourage people to reach out to Team Tony.
By engaging the community, we can ensure no one has to face cancer alone.

We inform the public and private sectors about Team Tony and its programs through active and passive avenues. We engage in social media, leave brochures at medical offices, and keep our website current. We also create relationships with local oncology and radiation offices in the area by hosting informative lunch and learn sessions where we educate the medical staff on our support program and medical grant program.
We have easy to use referral forms that enable doctors and nurses to request 1-to-1 support for their patients. We also take requests for support through our website, telephone, email, and in person.
We engage the local community by volunteering at events, setting up information booths, and by hosting cancer connection events.

Team Tony saw steady growth since it was founded in 2010. In the past year alone, Team Tony has been able to match 464 cancer fighters and caregivers for 1-to-1 support in the last 5 years. We were also able to recruit 175 new cancer survivors and caregivers who act as our volunteer mentors (Teammates). Each of these Teammates has undergone formal training workshops in order to properly equip them with the necessary skills for offering effective and empathetic support to others.
Team Tony also offers a small Medical Grant to the cancer fighters and caregivers in our 1-to-1 support program. This grant is allocated for expenses that have been incurred due to an individual's cancer diagnosis, up to a maximum of $2000 per fighter. It encompasses any medical cost related to treatment or recovery.

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?

    We serve cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers

  • 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?

    beginning in 2022 we increased the amount of financial assistance available to those participating in our peer to peer mentor program from $1500 to $2000

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Feedback helps us to be sure we are providing the best programs and services to our constituency and has provided 'buy-in' from those we serve.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Team Tony Cancer Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr John Shea

Barnes Walker

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Lori Kayser

C.O.O., Leadership Coach at Xperience, LLC

Term: 2022 - 2025

Art Day

Day Hagan Asset Management

Tom Cramer

Suplee, Shea, Cramer & Rocklein

Linda Vernon

21st Century Oncology

David Morse

Sarasota Prostate Initiative

William Spitler

Community Volunteer

Nafi Cunningham

Tidewell Hospice/ Stratum

Veronda Longcrier

Community Volunteer

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? 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 03/08/2022

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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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.