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Breast Connect Inc

For Survivors by Survivors

aka Breast Connect Knoxville   |   Knoxville, TN   |  www.breastconnect.org

Mission

The mission of Breast Connect, Inc., is to empower those diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own best advocates in their breast cancer journey by connecting them with relevant information, resources, and friendships.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Elizabeth Hancy

President

Nina Reineri

Main address

PO Box 9688

Knoxville, TN 37940 USA

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Formerly known as

None

EIN

47-4121343

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Next steps: how do we grow and what needs do we fill?

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?

Sisterhood Program

Central to our mission and an important resource on BreastConnect.org is our Sisterhood Program. This program matches a newly diagnosed patient with another survivor based on the expressed needs of the newly diagnosed patient. Many of our members who experienced the assistance of talking with a survivor when first diagnosed with breast cancer found it to be empowering, educational, and reassuring. We want to ensure that anyone affected by breast cancer has access to someone who has already experienced a similar situation

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Our private FB group is where women can talk about their diagnosis, admit their fears and anxiety, and ask questions. They receive much support back from those who want to pay it forward, help the newly diagnosed and have learned much through the process. These supporters help relieve the fear that can come with a new diagnosis. It can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastconnect

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of new organization members

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of members added in our Facebook group.

Total number of organization members

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members of our private facebook group

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.

To receive grants and donations that will assist in reaching the underserved by educating them about their diagnosis. We also provide support, a matching program and products needed to ensure an easier breast cancer experience for all of those diagnosed with breast cancer.

We are increasing our board of directors, hiring an ED and are considering creating an executive committee.

We have a board member who has strong experience with grant writing, and another with a host of non-profit fundraising experience. All of our board members have experiences with other businesses and in other industries. They have each had a close connection with breast cancer either by being diagnosed themselves, or having a loved one diagnosed. We will be adding a CPA and attorney in 2023.

We have created a template for a booklet to go into the health departments and are looking for a sponsor to cover the cost. We have added close to one thousand members in 2022.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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

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

    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 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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Breast Connect Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nina Reineri

Self Employed

Term: 2015 - 2025

Allen Pannell

University of Tennessee

Kristi James

Courage to Conquer Cancer

Diane Neeley

Nina Reineri

Ascertainment Marketing

Nathan Burcham

Burcham Benefits, LLC

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.