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

President

Nina Reineri

Main address

1400 Kenesaw Ave Apt. 31G

Knoxville, TN 37919 USA

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Formerly known as

None

EIN

47-4121343

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

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Our programs

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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

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Our results

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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 have added a Director of Fundraising to our board, and have applied for a large grant which in the first phase, has been received.

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 have Breast Cancer Awareness month coming up with a handful of fundraisers. We have also received the first phase in a 2 part grant and will know in early October about the second phase.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Anyone who is newly diagnosed with breast cancer or who has breast cancer in the past, regardless of gender, age, location or socioeconomic status.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We did a study of our members in 2020 and while we received glowing responses and comments from members, we realized we were having a difficult time reaching the underserved and those who do not have access to technology and our private FB group. We have now applied for a grant and will be creating booklets for the newly diagnosed in English and Spanish that can be given out at health department locations. These booklets will offer simple-to-read information about their breast cancer diagnosis, resources, and questions to ask their doctors that came from previous survivors. It will also include pockets to keep track of medical reports and scans. Additionally, this grant will assist us in providing mastectomy kits to the underserved.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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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Breast Connect Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2021
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

Laurie McNair

r3Consulting

Board leadership practices

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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 9/27/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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