The December 5th Fund

Forget cancer, just for one day.

Saint Louis, MO   |  www.december5th.org

Mission

Our mission is to give back a day without worry, a day without the normal burdens that many take for granted. The December 5th Fund creates memories that last a lifetime, long after the burden of cancer is gone.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Thomas Wiley

Main address

9842 Manchester Road Suite B

Saint Louis, MO 63119 USA

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EIN

81-3532860

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

From the onset of the illness, family caretakers are under significant strain to support their family member through the cancer treatment process while also maintaining a household and continuing employment. Within the past decade, researchers have begun studying side-effects attributed to the stress associated with treatment experienced by both caretakers and patients. These studies have shown that the “Causes of cancer-related financial stress are multifactorial. Patients who are employed may experience loss of productivity at work or total loss of employment and work-related benefits. Household finances may suffer if the patient's family members take time away from work to help with their care. We believe the December 5th Fund can help to lessen the effects of spillover illness in the families we serve through the continuous care support offered with the Helping Hands program.

Our programs

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Give a Great Day

OUR GOAL IS TO GIVE FAMILIES DEALING WITH CANCER ONE GREAT DAY. A day to be a family is something that we take for granted. Our passionate and caring team will meticulously plan out a day of small memorable moments for a family dealing with cancer that will prove to be nothing short of amazing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Every family we help is unique; there are times where the support they need at home is so great that it can't be accomplished in one day. With that in mind, The December 5th Fund has launched our Helping Hands Support Plan. This plan will provide continuous support around the house for a family while their loved one goes through treatment. We've partnered up with some of the best providers in St. Louis to offer professional cleaning, landscaping, and meal preparation services. With our support plan in place, the family will never have to worry about a clean house, unkempt lawn, or missed meal again while their loved one is going through treatment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Through our Helping Hands Support Program, caretakers are relieved of some of the daily stressors that quickly become overwhelming when combined with the duties of caring for an ill family member. By relieving the daily stressors this program helps to ease the emotional burden of caring for a family member with cancer and as a result increases the quality of life for the families. When caretakers are able to remain in the workplace the finance stress of cancer treatment is also lessened.

Families are nominated through our website by community members or are self-nominated. We do not distinguish families based on need, employment status, or other demographics. Our only requirement is that a member of family—whether spouse, child or extended family member—is currently going through cancer treatment. During the planning process for the Great Day experience, the Helping Hands program also begins to take shape for the family. This allows us to immediately implement Helping Hands support following the Great Day so the family continues to experience a release from daily stressors without having to swiftly return to daily workloads for the three months of the program’s duration.

Through the Great Day and Helping Hands programs, the December 5th Fund is able to create once-in-a-lifetime memories for families afflicted by cancer and provide ongoing support for the family as they continue the long journey through treatment.

Our Great Day and Helping Hands programs are specific to the needs of each family. The Program Manager will meet with each family to discuss the individual needs of the household. Together, the Program Manager and family create a three-month support plan that is specially tailored to the unique needs of that family. This planning process takes place while a team of volunteers develops the Great Day experience. This simultaneous planning process allows the Helping Hands program to immediately launch following a family’s Great Day so that they continue to experience relief from daily stressors.

The program manager also coordinates with our vendor partners to determine how to best fulfill the needs of the family’s support plan. We have worked closely with several vendors in the past that have either donated their respective services or provided significant discounts.

Volunteers are integral to our program—they are what enable us to lessen the emotional burdens of families participating in Great Day experiences. Our volunteer board of directors drive the planning process once a family is selected for a Great Day experience—they review the family’s property to determine day-of needs and plan the Great Day activities. While our families are out enjoying their Great Day, it is our team of local volunteers and businesses that make it possible for the family to come home to completed household chores and maintenance tasks that have fallen to the wayside while the family has focused on battling cancer.

The December 5th Fund staff consists of2 paid employees - the founder and the program manager. The program manager is the primary point of contact for the families and remains in communication with them throughout the 3-month timeframe of the Helping Hands program. Following the completion of the program, the manager will spearhead the evaluation process described in depth below and complete stewardship projects to maintain close relationships with our corporate sponsors. This individual works with corporate partners to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to meet the goals of the support plan.

Since December 2016, over 350 individuals have participated in at least one of our “Great Day” experiences. In 2019, 13 families received a “Great Day” and continuous support through the Helping Hands Support Plan.

the Great Day program is successful in large part due to the over 500 volunteers of all ages that have given their time to help ease the burdens of household chores for families afflicted with cancer.

We have recently hired a Program Manager that will take on the responsibilities of working directly with the families, coordinating with volunteers, and negotiating with vendors for the expansion of Helping Hands following the One Great Day experience.

Financials

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Operations

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The December 5th Fund

Board of directors
as of 7/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Wiley

Jared Balint

Jennifer Schaefer

John Lewis

Chad Carpenter

Blake Cundiff

Ryan Farmer

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 ? 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/10/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.