Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee

Facing cancer together

Nashville, TN   |  www.gildasclubmiddletn.org

Mission

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, including family members and friends of those diagnosed. Free of charge to everyone, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s evidence-based programming for men, women, children and families includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information. Offering approximately 70 professionally-led support and networking groups, and more than 80 educational workshops and lectures each month from two locations, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is able to make a tangible difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer. We build community, so no one has to face cancer alone. Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee mission is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Ruling year info

1995

CEO & President

Harriet Schiftan

Main address

1707 Division Street

Nashville, TN 37203 USA

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Formerly known as

Gilda's Club Nashville

EIN

62-1614190

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Cancer (G30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No one wants to hear the word “cancer." Gilda's Club changes lives for the better by supporting people impacted by cancer. Through a strong Program of support groups, stress reduction classes, cooking workshops, educational lectures, expressive arts classes, and children's/ family initiatives, GC offers 100+ activities monthly. Our purpose is to ensure no one faces cancer alone.

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?

Emotional Support for People Impacted by Cancer

Our evidence-based psychosocial Program provides emotional support for anyone affected by cancer. People living with cancer and their friends and family all have a place at Gilda’s Club and resources to meet them where they are in the cancer experience. Our Program is offered to all ages, for all people with cancer and those who love them, and to all genders – all at no charge.About 53% of our member participants have a cancer diagnosis, and 47% are friends and family. Our Midtown Clubhouse-based Program consists of support groups facilitated by licensed clinicians, stress reduction and movement classes taught by certified professionals, cooking and nutrition workshops with culinary experts, educational classes, expressive arts classes, and children and family activities. We exist to join those impacted by cancer together to build social and emotional support as an essential complement to quality medical care.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults
Children and youth
Family relationships

As a trusted resource for reliable support, Gilda’s Club is uniquely positioned to bring educational workshops and lectures, social and emotional support into the community. Gilda’s @ Work is a workshop series to help employers and their teams support co-workers with cancer, teach healthy self-care techniques, and provide tools to support caregivers. Gilda’s @ School educates and trains faculty and counselors to help support students and families. And Gilda’s @ Places of Worship can support established ministries with workshops, training and education. Gilda’s On The Go takes our Program of facilitated support groups into established centers, such as senior living centers. Through this effort, licensed mental health facilitators and volunteers provide consistent weekly or monthly support groups and/or healthy lifestyle workshops in a setting where many other services are provided, but expertise in cancer support may be unavailable.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Open to Options™ is an evidence-based tool to help individuals plan for decision-making conversations with their healthcare team. This is applicable for people with a new diagnosis, a cancer recurrence or any time there is a change in treatment plans. This tool helps people articulate questions, concerns and considerations to include in vital healthcare conversations. Gilda’s Club will provide a summary document to take to the appointment, empowering the individual to play an active role in his/her care and treatment decisions while ensuring his/her concerns are addressed. Our four, full-time clinical staff have been trained in this model. As capacity allows, this offering is conducted in person, over the phone or via Skype to members and non-members alike, regardless of where the member may live within our 15-county service area. This initiative increases our ability to support individuals in their cancer journey.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1997

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2002

Williamson County Chamber of Commerce 2018

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1997

Community Resource Center - Nashville 1998

America's Second Harvest 1998

ANE (Association of Nonprofit Executives) 1997

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2007

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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Increasing

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Increasing

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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.

Gilda's Club aims to address the social and emotional needs of children, teens, and adults impacted by cancer. Today, many studies have been done confirming the need for emotional and social support when someone is touched by cancer. The Lance Armstrong Foundation - a partner with Gilda's Club - completed a survey with the results as follows:
• More than half (53%) of respondents agreed that the practical and emotional consequences of dealing with cancer are often harder than the medical issues.
• One-third (33%) said some or very few resources were available to meet their emotional needs, followed by 28 percent for practical issues, like finances and work.
• Seventy percent of respondents have dealt with depression.
• Forty-three percent, potentially 4.3 million people, said they've had to deal with decreased income as a result of the disease.
• Fifty-four percent of respondents have had to deal with chronic pain.
• Fifty-seven percent agree that cancer may leave their body, but it will always be a part of their life.
• Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they've had to deal with a loss or decrease in both sexual desire and sexual function.
• Almost a third (32%) of respondents said they've had to deal with lack of advancement, demotion or job loss as a result of their cancer. Thirty-four percent said they felt trapped in their job by the need to preserve insurance coverage.

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s evidence-based psychosocial program provides emotional support for anyone affected by cancer from two locations – Midtown and Williamson County. Always free of charge, we offer support groups, lectures, workshops, healthy lifestyles classes, creative arts activities and social activities in a non-residential and homelike setting. In recent years, we have added individual counseling, nutrition counseling, and parent coaching to our offerings. We exist for all people impacted by cancer; any age or gender, whether they are diagnosed or are a friend or family member. Whether it’s a young adult attending our Been There, Done That cancer support group, a parent picking up their young one from guitar lessons or an expressive arts class, a couple attending a nutritional cooking class together, or an individual attending one of a hundred plus activities on our ever-changing calendar, Gilda’s Club is the only place in Middle Tennessee where the entire family can come together to access a community of support.

There is a deep need for a place where people can be together, experience their illness, build community, and be helped in understanding the deepest existential issues of life with cancer. Most importantly, people relish having a place, a ‘club,’ where they can focus on ‘living,’ not fighting an invisible enemy or being a victim. Dealing with and living with cancer maybe the most difficult challenge a person and family faces. Gilda’s Club is helping the community view cancer as a disease that can be lived with while savoring hope and laughter in-between hospital visits and doctors’ appointments.

Three out of every four families will help care for a family member with cancer in their lifetime. The impact of cancer on a family’s life is immeasurable. For over twenty years, Gilda’s Club has existed as a home, a family, and an unparalleled source of comfort and support for thousands of Middle Tennesseans who now believe it is possible to live a good life with cancer, whatever the outcome. As one participant recently shared, “My doctors saved by life. Gilda’s Club saved my sanity and family.” As long as cancer is with us, Gilda’s Club exists to ensure we can face cancer together.

The greatest tools in achieving long term sustainability lie in Gilda's Clubs highly trained, experienced full-time staff of seven with an average tenure of 15 years (Gilda's Club has been open 21 years), a fiscally conservative and fully engaged Board of Directors with 100% giving each year, an effective group of active volunteers, and the strong relationships built within the community especially among donors, foundations, and local cancer related organizations.

Overall, 12,817 individuals and families visited Gilda's Club in 2017. Excluding duplicated visits, we served 3,206 unique individuals facing cancer. Over 221 new participants joined Gilda's Club, coming to us for support for the first time. Participants' cancer types include: 38% breast, 14% blood, 9% gynecologic, 8% lung, 8% brain, 6% colo-rectal, 6% head/neck, 2% pancreatic, 2% prostate, 1% liver, and 6% other cancers. Approximately 920 individuals volunteered with Gilda's Club in 2017.

The numbers speak volumes about our accomplishments, however, numbers are only part of the story. One bigger way to look at our accomplishments is the longevity of participants' involvement at Gilda's Club. Participants become donors and volunteers, connecting to Gilda's Club across generations. Donations and relationships continue long after a family member has passed away because of the impact and difference Gilda's Club makes in their lives. Our biggest accomplishment and means of measuring impact is seeing that people come to Gilda's Club and stay because of the community that is created.

Financials

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Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee

Board of directors
as of 05/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Helen Lane

HSL Advisors, LLC

Term: 2023 - 2021

Jim Corum

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Keith Kraft

Regency Company

Flynn Tracy

Asurion, LLC

Anthony Barton

Community Leader

Randy Goldstein

Community Leader

Rachel Goodrich

HCA

Carolyn Schneider

Corizon

Michael Moschel

Littler

Sharon Turner-Friley

Meharry Medical College

Allen Huggins

WH Properties

Samantha Saturn

SESAC

Jessica Averbuch

Zeitlin Sotheby's International Realty

Steve Hecklin

Steven R Hecklin DMD

Ken Bryant

Burr Forman

Lisa Taylor

HCA

Organizational demographics

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