Bag It

Be Informed. Be Empowered.

aka Bag It   |   Tucson, AZ   |  http://bagitcancer.org/

Mission

To educate, support, and empower those impacted by cancer.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mindy Griffith

Main address

2900 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 100, #199

Tucson, AZ 85716 USA

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EIN

74-3097354

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bag It aims to provide those impacted by cancer (patients, caregivers, and advocates) the educational tools needed to help them speak up as a key member of their healthcare team to ensure the best quality of life from the day of diagnosis through life.

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?

BAG IT Cancer Education Bags

Bag It is one of the country’s leading resources for cancer recovery. In the last 15 years, our reach has expanded beyond newly diagnosed patients to providing resources, tools, and services for patients with any type of cancer—at any phase of the treatment process, for caregivers, and for advocates. This one-of-a-kind resource includes select publications from the most respected organizations as well as the My Companion Guidebook, which gives patients a way to organize information. Bag It’s vision is to provide every cancer patient with the Bag It resource bag. Our materials are designed to conquer fear through information and to empower patients to be more involved in their care and become self-advocates.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

A conference focused on encouraging and sustaining cancer advocacy programs and efforts.

The conference supports advocates to continue their work effectively – all with the ultimate goal of improving cancer patient education and outreach.

No other conference offers this balance of learning and skills complemented by improved well being to embrace the WHOLE advocate – professionally and personally.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

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 products distributed

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

People with diseases and illnesses, Adults, Caregivers

Related Program

BAG IT Cancer Education Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goal is to help empower patients, through information, to help them navigate a cancer diagnosis. From initial diagnosis, throughout treatment, and in to all phases of survivorship. Bag It hopes to guide patients on how to talk to their healthcare providers, ask questions, and serve as the most important advocate on their care team.

Provide tens of thousands of cancer patients with the Bag It bag by forming relationships with some of the largest Oncology medical providers and hospitals who will distribute the bags to cancer patients on the day of diagnosis. Offer bags through an online order system where someone can easily order a bag for themselves or have one sent to a friend or family member who has just been diagnosed. Deepen relationships with other cancer non-profits to develop partner bags that can be non-profit or cancer specific and distributed through their organization.

As of June 2020, we have given out over 86,928 bags. We offer the bag in both English and Spanish. We have developed 5 partner bags. Ninety-nine percent of those who have sent in feedback have found the guidebook and publications useful.

We are working on developing at least 3 additional partner bags this year. We are building a relationship with a large oncology network in a neighboring state to start distributing bags regularly to their patients.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Individuals impacted by cancer - patients/survivors, caregivers, family.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 02/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Bonito

Arizona Lithographers

Term: 2020 - 2022

Anjelica Sanchez

Tucson Medical Center

Mickey Gomez

Vantage West Credit Union

Matt Nelson

Crest Insurance Group

Katy Clarke

Arizona Oncology

Melinda Mauntel

Beacon Group

Lorena Verdugo

El Rio Health Center/Mexican Consulate

Jenna Finfrock

University of Arizona

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/11/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.