UNITED CANCER SUPPORT FOUNDATION

UCSF. Prevention Starts Here.

aka American Breast Cancer Support Association   |   Knoxville, TN   |  www.unitedcsf.org

Mission

Statement of Mission: Prevent Cancer. Serve and Support the Cancer Community. Advocate for Meaningful Change.

Notes from the nonprofit

Your DIRECT DONATION through “Network for Good"- a BBB accredited online giving program on our website will tremendously help us to reduce costs in comparison to contribution via other giving methods. Please visit www.unitedcsf.org or https://breastcancersupportassociation.org/ and follow the donate now button on the top right hand corner. With your help we are continuing our work to provide cancer intervention program services. Your donation provides for our cost free "Circle of Care" mammograms. We look forward to being of service and exceeding your expectations. We are honored and grateful to serve others. Please direct any comments you may have to: [email protected] We are open to suggestions or comments as to how we may more efficiently and better organize our fundraising opportunities. Finally, if we may be of service to you, your family or colleagues please don't hesitate to contact us. We remain at your service, United Cancer Support Foundation

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Ms. Mercedes L Ringgold

Main address

6700 Baum Drive Suite 8

Knoxville, TN 37919 USA

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EIN

27-5005215

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Cancer (G30)

Volunteers of America (P26)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

UCSF is funding a push to elevate skin cancer awareness and the importance for people of color to use sun screen protection. It has been our experience that melanoma is on the rise for age group 25 to 40, and senior citizens. To address the problem, UCSF did a survey asking questions about the use of sun screen protection. From our findings we developed UCSF Free Touchless Sunscreen Dispensers. We want to demonstrate the importance of using sunscreen while young to protect the skin as it ages. We have placed our dispensers at parks, zoo and bus stop transfer points. This is a program that has gained support from our sunscreen supplier, who have donated several dispensers to this worthwhile cause.

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 Program: American Breast Cancer Support Association

As a special program of the United Cancer Support Foundation, the mission of the American Breast Cancer Support Association is to provide free mammograms and help raise male and female breast cancer awareness through education to save lives.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

United Cancer Support Foundation offers new complimentary recliners to patients currently receiving treatment for cancer.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Melanoma prevention program provides sunscreen stations outside homeless shelters, parks, playgrounds and bus stops. UCSF services and supplies the sunscreen for all dispensers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

UCSF provides comfort, entertainment and financial support through our "Journey of Hope" support items. Free Amazon tablets, comic books for kids, journals for kids and adults, puzzles, coloring books and crayons, Regal/AMC Cinema cards.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Better Non Profits 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 women counseled about mammograms

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

Women and girls

Related Program

Breast Cancer Program: American Breast Cancer Support Association

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This figure is down from previous years due to Covid-19 restrictions, these figures include women that were provided with free mammograms and women that attended our educational events online.

Total number of screenings held

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

Women and girls

Related Program

Breast Cancer Program: American Breast Cancer Support Association

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have increased our "Circle of Care" free mammogram screening numbers. In 2020 we developed over 45 new relationships with mammogram screening and radiology/oncology facilities nationwide.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Women and girls

Related Program

Breast Cancer Program: American Breast Cancer Support Association

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This figure is down due to recent Covid-19 restrictions, but includes people that attended our educational events, screenings and our community partners and volunteers, and online event participants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

It is the desire of United Cancer Support Foundation to make a collective impact to that end we have partnered with clinics, hospitals, county health departments and other charitable organizations to support cure driven research and cancer educational facilities, it is our desire to be on the leading edge to finding a cure for cancer. United Cancer Support Foundation continues a journey we began in 2015 to strategically invest our resources to achieve specific goals. We know we are not alone on this journey. Rather, we are accompanied by countless organizations and individuals who work with us. Together, we are providing free mammograms locally and nationwide, raising cancer prevention awareness and supporting cure-driven research.
Solidly grounded in our faith-based mission and vision, we are humbled to initiate, collaborate and participate in meaningful efforts to enhance the quality of life for the poor and vulnerable. We honor and continue the journey begun by our founders, who were innovative and strategic in developing responses to emerging needs within the cancer community.
So, how do we fuel this journey? With patience and perseverance and through partnerships with individuals and organizations who share our mission, passion and determination to make meaningful, impactful and systemic change.
We are proud of the nonprofit organizations — and the people within them — with which we work, who are our partners in making good things happen. Our journey continues and is a work in progress, and we are committed for the long run.
As always, we believe this work brings hope and promise to those we serve.

UCSF has developed a three, five and seven year strategy for reducing the occurrence of cancer in the rural and Appalachian demographic while maintaining the dignity of the cancer community in those regions.
UCSF was part of a study held see link: tried to upload link but it did not work pDF may be too large.

United Cancer Support Foundation continually works on the following projects to accomplish these goals:

- Free Publications/Educational Events and Charity Projects
- Financially Support Cancer Research Projects and the Cancer Community
- Providing updated reliable information via our website at unitedcsf.org
- Advocating for meaningful change
- Establishing fundraising formula 0.30 to no more than 0.35 to raise $1.00
- Established "Better Together" partnerships and collaborations for meeting mission goals
- Charting, tracking and defining "Impact Optics" for future support
- UCSF has the support and ability to shift the core narrative from one defined by cost, to one that celebrates impact.

We have developed 7 new programs since our inception in 2015.

Row to Recover (rowing program for women who have had full or partial mastectomy's)
Gifts of Comfort and Care (provides Amazon Kindel's, blankets, socks, AMEX gift cards, aroma therapy, books, etc.)
Smoking Cessation (VAPE) Program
Recliners for Recovery (Free Recliners)
FIT Test (Fecal Immunochemical Test) (For screening for Colon Cancer)
Circle of Care Free Mammograms (Free Nationwide mammograms)
Melanoma/Sun Safety Program (Installed 25 Free Touchless Sunscreen Dispensers)

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?

    The Cancer Community at large. We support the underserved, un-insured and cancer vulnerable populations by providing information on cure driven research, access to health providers who share in our mission and vision. We approach and educate several demographics within the cancer community. We address cancer in the community by age, race, gender, lifestyle and geographical location. We work with each demographic in the parameters of the specific cancer cause i.e. smoking/vaping, seniors and the sun (melanoma), Row 2 Recover (mastectomy survivors).

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

  • 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 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?

    We recently sent feedback forms to our partner facilities asking how we can improve our process of referring our program participants to schedule mammograms, sign up for Row 2 Recover. It has been advised by a few facilities responses that we have our participants schedule all for the same day/week if possible, we're told this would make billing easier and we would receive a larger discount on services. This feedback will be presented to the BoD for consideration at the next BoD meeting.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We find asking our participants, community partners and other like-minded charities for their input gives them a vested interest in our organization and let's them know we value their ideas, some of which we have put into practice. We have remained sensitive to the needs of our participants. The recent physical distancing requirements have taken us online to meet with and obtain feedback from the charity environment. We met the challenge by holding online quizzes, fundraisers, and health enrichment videos and the "crowd went wild". It has been suggested that we continue these activities even when social distancing requirements are relaxed, as some seniors seem to prefer this type of interaction.

  • 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 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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UNITED CANCER SUPPORT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Mercedes Ringgold

United Cancer Support Foundation

Term: 2015 -

Mercedes Ringgold

United Cancer Support Foundation

Vicky Johnson

Connections Support

Arretta Castle

Connections Support

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 05/11/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/17/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.