Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM   |  www.cffnm.org

Mission

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico is a local, non-profit organization supporting New Mexicans affected by cancer. Our mission is to help save lives by providing the needed support to enable every northern New Mexican with cancer to access treatment in Santa Fe.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Corinne Collins

Main address

PO Box 5038

Santa Fe, NM 87502 USA

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Formerly known as

Cancer Institute Foundation

EIN

41-2079799

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New Mexico consistently ranks among the poorest states in the nation, placing 49th in overall poverty levels: 47th for working-age women who fall below the poverty line, 48th for working men, and 50th for children. The rural population of the state also exceeds the national average, with 12 of New Mexico’s 33 counties being considered either totally or mostly rural. For many New Mexicans, these statistics represent real barriers to accessing cancer treatment. Because Santa Fe is home to the primary cancer treatment center for the northern part of the state, a geographic region spanning thousands of square miles, many cancer patients are required to travel substantial distances to complete a treatment regimen. The associated expenses for gas mileage and overnight lodging can cause such extreme financial hardship, that without financial assistance, some patients forgo treatment altogether.

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?

Mileage Reimbursement

Santa Fe is home to the primary cancer treatment center for northern New Mexico. For this reason, many patients must travel significant distances (sometimes hundreds of miles), to access treatment, which in the case of radiation, is often prescribed 5 days per week for a period of 4 - 7 weeks at a time. Because the cost of daily round-trip travel can cause significant financial hardship for low-income patients, we offer gas-mileage reimbursement to ensure that access to treatment is possible.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Santa Fe is home to the primary cancer treatment center for northern New Mexico. For this reason, many patients must travel significant distances (sometimes hundreds of miles), to access treatment, which in the case of radiation, is often prescribed 5 days per week for 4 - 7 weeks at a time. We provide hotel stays for qualified patients during active treatment in order to alleviate the physical and financial burden associated with frequent, long-distance travel.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

A cancer treatment regiment can be physically, financially, and emotionally exhausting. It often results in a loss of earned wages and energy, and an increase in financial obligations. For this reason, we provide grocery cards to qualified patients and their families to ensure access to wholesome, nutritious foods during active cancer treatment.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

We offer several types of support groups in two locations (Santa Fe and Los Alamos) to cancer patients, their caregivers, and loved ones. These groups are offered at no cost, regardless of financial need, and are led by experienced, licensed facilitators.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Pinon Award for Quiet Inspiration 2015

Santa Fe Community Foundation

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 individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These individuals are people who are affiliated with the Foundation personally. They include but are not limited to staff, volunteers, and board members. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of meetings held with decision makers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect board, committee, and staff meetings, as well as other meetings that involve key members of the board or staff. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers work throughout the year in the Regional Cancer Center helping patients while they receive treatment. They also contribute to the annual Sweetheart Auction. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Satisfaction numbers are in percentages. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of families reporting that their support plan includes or reflects things that are important to them

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers are in percentages. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of cancer diagnoses in New Mexico state per year:

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are exclusively numbers of new diagnoses. There are about 75,000 people living with cancer in New Mexico. Cancer is the largest cause of death in Santa Fe county.

Nights of overnight lodging provided to patients:

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Hotel Stays

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hotel visits and mileage reimbursement tend to fluctuate year-to-year due to a patient preferences for daily driving to treatment or staying in town overnight. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of gas miles reimbursed:

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Mileage Reimbursement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mileage reimbursement, along with paid hotel stays, enable patients to access treatment regardless of how far away they live. Data is based on fiscal years.

Number of grocery cards distributed to cancer patients and their families:

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Grocery Cards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grocery cards are provided to qualified patients to ensure access to nutritious foods during treatment. This helps offset the financial burden of reduced wages during treatment. Based on fiscal years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico is to help save lives by providing the support needed to enable every northern New Mexican with cancer to access treatment in Santa Fe.

We seek to make cancer treatment possible for the northern New Mexicans by eliminating financial barriers to accessing treatment, such as the inability to cover non-medical costs associated with travel, including gas mileage and overnight lodging. We also provide grocery cards to qualifying patients and support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones. Our goal is to ensure that all northern New Mexicans, despite socioeconomic background, have access to the treatment they need to prolong life and promote recovery.

To ensure that all qualifying northern New Mexicans have access to cancer treatment, we provide mileage reimbursement and paid hotel stays. In addition to eliminating the financial burdens associated with frequent travel, this ensures that patients can focus on rest and recovery after treatment. Grocery cards are also distributed to those who qualify in order to ensure patients and their families have access to nutritious foods. Support groups are offered at no cost, regardless of financial need, to cancer patients, their caregivers, and loved ones. Emergency funds for extenuating circumstances that may interfere with a patient's ability to access treatment may also be available.

We provide trained volunteers to provide support during treatment and information on community resources.

We work closely with doctors at the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center to identify non-medical patient needs. A licensed social worker employed by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico works to qualify patients and administer program services.

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico was founded in 2003, and has grown substantially over the last 17 years. During Fiscal Year 2019, the Foundation supported over 28,000 patient visits, reimbursed over 435,000 travel miles, paid for 678 nights of lodging, and distributed 1,512 grocery cards to patients undergoing treatment.

The Executive Director is uniquely positioned to understand the population we serve, having a background in oncology nursing and having held leadership positions with healthcare organizations both nationally and internationally. The board of directors is comprised of 16 professionals whose diverse backgrounds and experience ensure sound governance of the organization in accordance with its mission. The Foundation's operating budget continues to grow -- currently at $1.3 million, with 84% of expenses going directly to program services.

No patient who qualifies for our services is turned away.

The demand for our services continues to grow. During the 2019 fiscal year, we supported over 28,000 patient visits (up from 24,000 the previous year). In an effort to ensure financial longevity despite a changing economic landscape, the Foundation is continuously diversifying its sources of revenue. Widely recognized throughout the community for the success of its annual fundraising events, the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico continues to set a precedent for innovative donor and community engagement strategies.

Over the last 15 years, the annual Sweetheart Auction has grown from modest means to become the largest and most anticipated charity auction in Santa Fe. The 2020 Sweetheart Auction was the most successful to date, witnessing a crowd of over 900 attendees and raising over 50% of the Foundation’s annual revenue for life-critical patient services and programs. The event was supported by a small staff, a committed Board of Directors, over 120 volunteers, 90 event sponsors, and 600 item donors.

The Foundation has also established the 10/10 Visionary Fund, a permanently restricted endowment with the goal of raising $10 million over 10 years. Once this goal is met, revenue generated from the endowment will cover operating costs, allowing all other revenue generated through fundraising efforts to be earmarked for life-saving patient programs: travel reimbursement, overnight lodging, grocery cards, support groups, and volunteer training. This will ensure that the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico will deliver on its mission for generations to come, despite economic conditions. No patient who qualifies for our help is turned away.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bud Hamilton

Gail Dobish

Santa Fe Community Guidance Center

Larri Short

Bunny Terry

Keller Williams Santa Fe

Bud Hamilton

Rick Bailey, Jr. Ph.D.

Bill Buchsbaum

Christine Castro

Sandra Claymore

Stephen Hochberg

Helen Brooks

Nancy Bern

Zella Cox

Corrine Collins

A. Dion Silva

Suzanne Timble

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 04/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.