Teal Diva

Ovarian Cancer Support Network

aka Teal Diva   |   Matthews, NC   |  www.tealdiva.org

Mission

Teal Diva focuses on the mental and emotional health of those affected by a gynecologic cancer. Our goal is to meet our community where they are by connecting with newly diagnosed women, survivors, and their support network. Our programs include, but are not limited to active treatment support, celebrating survivorship, and honoring legacies, all while providing strength through connection.

Notes from the nonprofit

Teal Diva has a newly formed board which is currently working on implementing policies and procedures. We will have these fully in place and active prior to the end of 2022. Our Mission: Teal Diva focuses on the mental and emotional health of those affected by a gynecologic cancer. Our goal is to meet our community where they are by connecting with newly diagnosed women, survivors, and their support network. Our programs include, but are not limited to active treatment support, celebrating survivorship, and honoring legacies, all while providing strength through connection. We are not specifically targeting the tumor. There are a lot of amazing organizations and people working on research. Our community outreach is designed to bring women together outside of the clinic as well as educate young women on the signs and symptoms of the disease. Our Vision: Teal Diva strives to touch every woman diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder and CEO

Shannon Routh

Main address

1135 Four Lakes Dr, Suite A

Matthews, NC 28105 USA

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EIN

80-0584066

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today an accurate screening for Ovarian cancer is not available although Teal Diva doesn't have the clinical ability to address this issue we are working to address this through education and support. When a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she is thrust into a world of doctors appointments and chemotherapy treatments. There are many emotions tied into a cancer diagnosis especially when your reproductive system is effected. Once treatment ends, she is pushed back into a life that is forever changed with no preparation for the transition. We provide support for women during and after treatment and their caregivers through events reminding them to celebrate their victories. The funding and volunteer support that we have goes toward: Survivor Support Community Awareness and Partnerships Direct and Non-direct Educational opportunities o Direct - Speaking engagements o Non-Direct - Advertisements and Social Media o National and Local Resources

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?

Custom Teal Chemo Shirt

We want to support hospitals’ efforts by supplying teal infusion shirts for women who are receiving chemotherapy for ovarian cancer at no cost. This both supports the patient’s dignity through this painful process, but also promotes a sense of empowerment that their disease is being seen (Teal is the color designated to ovarian cancer). Since 2015, Teal Diva along with our hospital partnerships, have distributed 1000+ shirts within the Carolinas.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People with diseases and illnesses

Yes, Girl. Is a community service project/program we are offering in the Carolinas. When we say yes, she wins! Say yes to lawn mowing or raking, give the gift of mobile laundry, say yes to home maintenance and small repairs, say yes to community involvement. Say yes so she can fight, so she can rest, so she can release these small burdens so she doesn't have to fight alone.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

We host an annual retreat open to survivors of gynecologic cancer survivors. Upon arrival, you will join with fellow Divas that have traveled and survived similar journeys. Together you will let go of your worries and enjoy a few days of sister bonding. This retreat is provided at no cost to gynecologic cancer survivors. However, travel is not provided. Women have said unanimously this weekend is life-changing for them.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance 2022

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 attendees present at rallies/events

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teal Diva hosts two annual 5ks to support our programs and to bring awareness to ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.

Number of overall donors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Women, Terminally ill people, Caregivers, Families, Chronically ill people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric refers to the number of Facebook followers for Teal Diva and the continued growth and following we have had over the past several years.

Average online donation

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Today an accurate screening for Ovarian cancer is not available. It is our goal to educate as many women as possible on the signs and symptoms of Ovarian cancer. We also direct our aim toward the celebration of life and to honor those who have lost their lives to Ovarian cancer.

Teal Diva strategically utilizes education, advocacy and celebration to accomplish our goals. Through community events such as 5K runs and local sporting events, through college campus speaking engagements, and through our social media presence we are able to meet a educational need that will help women to identify the signs and symptoms of Ovarian cancer.

The Founder and Executive Director was selected by the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance to represent the State of North Carolina in Washington DC as an Advocacy Leader. Through advocacy, she attends functions on Capital Hill to fight for Federal funding which supports research and awareness.

Lastly, we strategically address our goals of celebration and survivor support though internal programming which includes dignity shirts (chemo shirts), a yearly retreat *not being held in 2020 due to Covid-19 and community partnerships activities which include attendance to our Charlotte NFL team home games for both a survivor and a caregiver.

We rely on support via donations and fundraisers. Our Executive Director has partnerships across the ovarian cancer community, region and nationwide. She strategically sets plans to work with other organizations supporting survivors and caregivers.

In the tenure of Teal Diva, we have established a survivor support network that expands across the United States. Through our programming, we have successfully hosted 5 survivor retreats servicing 89 women, we have hosted 11 5k run/walk events in two states, we have created a community of survivors in the Charlotte, NC area, we have donated over 1,000 chemo port shirts, and we have partnered with Charlotte area, NC and national partners to create awareness and research for ovarian cancer. Our Executive Director also had the opportunity to join the Peer Reviewed Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) as a consumer advocate. In this role, she participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the OCRP sponsored by the Department of Defense. As a consumer reviewer, she was a full voting member, (along with prominent scientists) at meetings to help determine how the $20 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2018 will be spent on Ovarian Cancer research.
Moving forward, we will be focusing on growing our survivor support programs: Chemo Dignity Shirts, Yes Girl Home Maintenance Volunteer program, and the gynecologic cancer survivor retreat. We will be working to get the shirts in every hospital throughout North and South Carolina that provides chemotherapy. We will be growing the Yes Girl program, taking on more projects and expanding from Charlotte to other communities. And we will be adding an additional retreat so we can service 20 additional women providing them with a reset after their treatment.

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?

    Teal Diva focuses on the mental and emotional health of those affected by a gynecologic cancer. Our goal is to meet our community where they are by connecting with newly diagnosed women, survivors, and their support network.

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

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

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Teal Diva 5k survey and implemented particular changes for events going forward. Interviews with survivors who attend the retreats and asked for input and how we could provide the best experience. Interviewed and received testimonials from woman who received the Teal Dignity Shirts for chemo

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By receiving feedback from newly diagnosed women, survivors, and their support network we are able to allow them to tell us exactly how we can best be of service to them and meet their needs. By adapting to these suggestions and requests we can provide the best programs/events that improve their experiences.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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Teal Diva

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Routh

M2C1 Craftsman

Term: 2015 - 2025

Linda James

Centerwell Health

Theresa Randall

Tricor, Inc

Amber Blackwood

Blackwoods DriveIn

Angela Gilbert

Anna Clifford

Amy Treadwell

Beth Honeycutt

Bridget McClellan

BAM Solutions

Catie Faison-Van Loon

Emily Lowery

Leigh Bryant

Perry Blickenstaff

JPB Services

Lisa Martin

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 ? 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? Yes
  • 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 7/28/2022

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)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.