Community Improvement, Capacity Building

DC STRONG

Never Give Up. Never Lose Hope. No One Fights Alone.

Plainwell, MI

Mission

DC Strong exists to help Pediatric Cancer patients in need of positivity through gifts, exciting experiences and unity.

Ruling Year

2014

President

Larry Gonzalez

Main Address

102 N Main STE. C

Plainwell, MI 49080 USA

Keywords

volunteer, interpersonal, support, moral

EIN

46-3756390

 Number

6168445423

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Children battling cancer is a tricky thing. Not only is understanding what's happening difficult but trying to see past it to being healthy again can be a real struggle. These are kids who are going through something terrible, life threatening and best case scenario, life altering. Finding a sense of "normalcy" during or after that is next to impossible.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cancer Warrior

Family Days

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our mission and goal as an organization is to step up and provide moral support, gifts and experiences that not only help each kid and their family remember why they continue to fight and what's waiting for them on the other side of this storm but most importantly, to help these kids to just be kids again.

We connect on a personal level with each child and explore their vast number of interests, dreams, aspirations and utilize all of that information to custom tailor gifts and/or a personalized experience that genuinely connects with them on a deeper level. Some children, such ass infants, are too young to know what they would like or want to aspire to. So in those situations, most of our focus is on supporting the parents, siblings and striving to provide more of an overall family oriented experience/gifts. Regardless of the situation, we always find ways to include the whole family in our program.

We have a dedicated number of supporters/donors who help with the higher end or simply larger experiences/gifts. A newly renovated space that serves not only as our headquarters but also as an escape for any of the families in our program. Years of experience curating and performing once in a lifetime experiences. An ever growing network of families who have faced/ are facing this battle themselves and a team of people who are deeply connected to this cause and its growing efforts to help as many children across the country as we can.

Thankfully, growth is one of the easiest things for our organization to track. Each year we continue to reach more children, in more states, at a quicker rate and receive more funding. On top of "the numbers", we receive feedback from families we work with and see many of them on a regular basis because we continue to offer things that they aren't finding at other places/ with other groups.

We recently reached children / families in 25 states and increased the number of children reached per year. Our next set of goals includes increasing both of those numbers again as well as building more private events that all of the families can participate in, regardless of their geographical location.

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Financials

DC STRONG

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No