ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation

Richmond, VA   |  www.askccf.org

Mission

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to making life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia through emotional, educational, financial, and social support. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:We believe in children and families firstBe mission drivenBe responsible stewards of resources Be ethicalBe an open and collaborative community partnerBe proactive as well as responsiveBe creative and innovativeShow compassion at all times

Ruling year info

1978

Principal Officer

Ms. Amy Godkin

Main address

5211 West Broad Street Suite 100

Richmond, VA 23230 USA

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Formerly known as

Association for the Support of Children with Cancer

EIN

51-0173669

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Cancer (G30)

Family Services (P40)

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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?

Psychosocial Support

ASK aims to reduce the stress and strain caused by a cancer diagnosis by providing several members of the psychosocial team in the ASK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Richmond, the only place to be treated for pediatric cancer in Central Virginia. We fund a full-time child life specialist and chaplain. We also provide partial funding for two child psychologists who support our patients, survivors and their families. Outside of the hospital setting, we are adding a Family Support Coordinator this year, who will provide an additional level of care to our ASK families. Together, this team is making sure that our patients, survivors and their families have the support they need at every stage of their cancer journey.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ASK knows that missed school days and cognitive late effects from treatment can make school difficult for many of our patients and survivors. That's why we offer educational support from preschoolers up through our young adults. Our preschool program is one of two programs of its kind in the country and is a partnership with First Baptist Preschool. We offer after school tutoring and support to school-age children in Richmond, Fredericksburg and Colonial Heights. We also offer individual tutoring through an online platform with partner, Trilogy Mentoring. Our new Launch Project program helps teens and young adults successfully transition to a higher educational, vocational training or employment plan after graduation. We also celebrate our high school seniors with a graduation ceremony each year and a scholarship program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Over half of all families with a child in cancer treatment will report severe financial hardship as a result of their child's treatment. ASK provides financial assistance for non-medical bills like mortgage payments and utility bills to help families stay financially afloat during treatment. ASK also partners with the Home Building Association of Richmond to help with home repairs through our Welcome Home program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ASK knows that connecting with others going through a similar experience can be helpful. That's why we organize social events throughout the year to help patients, survivors, siblings and parents/caregivers connect. In addition to offering a large family event each quarter, ASK organizes smaller events throughout the year for different populations such as Build-A-Bear party for preschoolers, bowling for our middle and high school students, etc. Las year, we also started offering quarterly parent night out events to give our parents and caregivers a break.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Moving Forward is a partnership program with the YMCA of Greater Richmond. School-age survivors are eligible to participate and receive a full year of personal training services from a YMCA trainer along with a family membership. This program is aimed at getting survivors active and healthy again after cancer treatment. ASK also offers mindful meditation clinics to parents and caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Number of our families who received financial assistance in FY20.

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Financial Assistance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 24 hours of less, we take care of a family's financial assistance request.

Number of psychosocial contact hours for our patients, survivors and families in FY20.

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

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Related Program

Psychosocial Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are hours spent helping to reduce the fear, stress and anxiety of childhood cancer.

Amount given in financial assistance to families with a child in treatment in FY20.

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Financial Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

$97,795 is the amount given in financial assistance to families with a child in treatment. $61,233 in housing; $20,226 in utilities; $13,814 in transportation; and $2,522 in everyday essentials.

Number of volunteers

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

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We love our dedicated volunteers!

Number of volunteer hours in FY20.

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

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID-19, our volunteer opportunities were reduced greatly in 2020.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation aims to make life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia. We will do this by providing direct emotional, spiritual, educational, financial, and social support.

All of the programs and services we provide are centered around the three pillars that represent ASK: Assistance, Support and Kindness. We focus on non-medical, quality of life support from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond to both our survivors and bereaved families. Our staff--Child Life Therapist, Chaplain, Child Psychologist, and Educational Consultant--work directly with our families to make this happen.

We have consistently supported children with cancer in our community since 1975. Today, we are the area's largest and most comprehensive provider of support services for children with cancer and their families. We work closely with the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and fund three full-time support positions (Child Life Therapist, Chaplain, and Child Psychologist) that are embedded within their multidisciplinary team in the Pediatric Oncology Department. Outside of the hospital setting, we provide support groups facilitated by our staff and specialists in our community, educational services including a preschool program and after school tutoring, financial assistance, bereavement support, and survivorship programs.

Accomplishments include: creating a psychosocial support team within the hospital setting for pediatric oncology patients and constructing educational support programs for our youngest patients and survivors up high school graduation.

Next, as our local survivorship population increases, our goal is to support and help them thrive. Expanding life skills and work force development support for young adult populations will further the goal. Two-thirds of survivors will have permanent late effects as a result of treatment. Survivors experience higher rates of unemployment and suicidal thoughts. Addressing these problems by offering continued life skill support/vocational training and psychological support through our Launch Project position, is a continuation of our mission and meets a critical need in the community.

Financials

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ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve McCoy

Patient First

Term: 2019 - 2021

Josh Kugelman

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Darry Newbill

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Leslie Armstrong

VCU Medical Center

Scott Armstrong

Old Dominion Insulation

Jim Baber

Raymond James

Leslie Griles

LGImpressions,�LLC

Jodie Kitchens

Goodwill of Central Virginia

Steve McCoy

Patient First

Dale Smith

Rappahannock River Oyster Company

Cindy Viener

Capital One

John Waters

Biringer Builders

Robert Westermann

Hirschler Fleischer

Kim Brandt

Easley Hedrick Insurance

Tim Cosgrove

Colonial Honda

Jennifer Culhane

Dominion Energy

Bo Vaughan

VCU & US Department of Veterans Affairs

Gina Honeycutt

NBC-12

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? 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 05/14/2021

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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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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