CIRCLE OF HOPE

The Breast Cancer Patients Needs First

aka Circle of Hope, Duluth   |   Duluth, MN   |  http://www.circleofhopeduluth.org

Mission

Primary Mission:
Circle of Hope of Duluth, MN is an organization committed to serving breast cancer patients in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

It is a charitable organization serving the public interest of helping people of any age in poverty and financial distress with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Notes from the nonprofit

Charities Review-2016-(Reviewed all tax records, by-laws, policies and procedures since the beginning.) Charities Review -2019 (Three year accreditation and review of all tax records, by-laws, policies and procedures.) 2016-Nominated by Better Business for an Award (We could not participate.) 2016-Nominated for Rural Health Care Team Award-Minnesota 2016-We joined the Duluth Chamber of Commerce

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Mrs. Peggy Anderson

Main address

5204 Otsego St.

Duluth, MN 55804 USA

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Formerly known as

Circle of Hope

EIN

27-3959464

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Breast Cancer Research (H32)

Blood Supply Related (E61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working on raising revenue to help all the patients that need help. We try to write some grants but it is very time consuming. We did have a Susan G. Komen Minnesota grant for two years. The others are small grants. There is a great need in rural areas for financial help.

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?

Breast Cancer Treatment Payments To Those in Poverty or Financial Distress

We pay breast cancer patients treatment bills for those in poverty or financial distress. The client fills out the necessary paper work. We pay the provider.This may include lymphedma expenses, prescription expenses, and dental work before chemo.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

We pay daily living expenses This includes rent, a house payment, utilities (paid directly to the providers). It can include a gas or grocery card to the patient. These are breast cancer patients in financial distress who have had to stop working to receive treatment. It is short term, emergency help.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

We are an activities based organization. We participate in golf, bowling, walking, and running events. There are other activities that clients participate in such as health fairs, volunteering, fundraisers, arts, crafts, private pink parties, writing activities, health conferences

Men are also included in some activities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Information is available at health fairs about our organization, breast cancer, gynecological cancers, health in general. Members will speak at events. They will meet with clients one on one. The coordinator will help clients who do not qualify for their program get help elsewhere through a variety of resources regionally, state wide, and nationally. Men are also welcome to participate.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Gathering money for metastatic breast cancer research at the UMD Medical School.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

We have several programs. They involve a Compudyne Photography program whereas local patients can have their pictures taken of themselves. They receive a framed picture and copies of pictures. This is another local program. Feeling Joy Project is when a small wish can be granted to local patients. It could be a restaurant certificate, going to the Edgewater Water Park with their family, having a massage, etc. Another program is a Feel Good Program is anywhere in Minnesota or Wisconsin that we serve. Stage IV breast cancer patients receive a quilt. We also help local breast cancer patients by donating a few items to their benefit. All patients receive educational materials related to their disease. Local breast cancer patients are invited to a once a year private party along with other survivors. (Depending on the year.) Patients can connect with Circle of Hope over coffee, on the internet, through social media, and by seeing if they want to be involved in. All cancer patients receive a feel good box. Workshops vary on numerous topics.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Where we work

Accreditations

Charities Review Council 2019

Awards

Stay Classy Nominee 2012

Stay Class

Nominee for MN Businesses 2012

MN Business

Membership 2018

Chamber of Commerce

Membership 2019

Chamber of Commerce

Membership 2020

Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2016

Better Business Bureau 2017

Better Business Bureau 2018

Better Business Bureau 2019

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 new clients within the past 12 months

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Paying Daily Living Expenses for Breast Cancer Patients

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Half of the patients we serve are Stage IV breast cancer patients. Some are Stage III.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Breast Cancer Treatment Payments To Those in Poverty or Financial Distress

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

There are many patients that are on Medicaid and Medicare. Many are having trouble financially when they are sent out of town for treatment from rural Minnesota and rural Wisconsin as well as locally.

Number of eligible clients who report having access to an adequate array of services and supports

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Breast Cancer Treatment Payments To Those in Poverty or Financial Distress

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have never seen so many needy patients as this past year. Every week we are getting calls.

Number of personal development plans in place

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Paying Daily Living Expenses for Breast Cancer Patients

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We work hard at getting a list of other resources available the patients, so they can help themselves as needed.

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.

Circle of Hope is committed to helping breast cancer patients with their breast cancer medical bills and short term daily living expenses as they stop working during treatment.

The organization provides supportive services for the breast cancer patient through 1 on 1 meetings, in small group settings, over coffee, or on the phone. The organization also helps with benefits when they are able.

Circle of Hope promotes breast cancer awareness, education, and treatment in the community. They also serve gynecological cancer patients with education and feel good boxes. Circle of Hope gives chemo caps to cancer centers in the covered areas.

Strategies include advertising, giving cancer centers, financial workers, nurse navigators applications and information about the organization.

Circle of Hope does many health fairs in the area and region that it serves.

The organization does fundraisers, other do fundraisers for them, and the coordinator writes grants.

The organization is located out of Duluth, MN. It serves a lot of LOCAL breast cancer patients. It also serves northern MN and northern WI. The local cancer centers have other facilities in northern MN and northern WI.

The patient is not stuck on breast cancer as a life long mission. They can accept how they look, feel, and seeks to enjoy life more. They can promote awareness, thankfulness, and still want to enjoy their family, friends, activities, and job.

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 breast cancer patients. Also some gynecological patients as well. Past patients and volunteers are also served.

  • 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, 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 listen to the concerns that patients have in accessing care and help.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, our website, information given out at presentations,

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

    We try to get the providers of serves to help their patients as we do.

  • 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 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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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CIRCLE OF HOPE

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Rebecca Bullard

No

Term: 2014 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Tom Porter

Circle of Hope

Term: 2015 -

Jim Anderson

Circle of Hope

Peggy Anderson

Circle of Hope

Tom Porter

Circle of Hope

Sam Rathe

Circle of Hope

Rebecca Bullard

Circle of Hope

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/07/2020

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
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.