MAYDAY FOUNDATION

Rescue Support for Cancer Patients

OLYMPIA, WA   |  www.maydayfoundation.org
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Mission

The Mayday Foundation provides immediate, practical support for families coping with cancer while raising kids at home. We believe no family should be thrown into homelessness or forced to file for bankruptcy as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Amy Rowley

Main address

3403 STEAMBOAT ISLAND RD NW 337

OLYMPIA, WA 98502 USA

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EIN

82-3914026

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In a 2012 LIVESTRONG survey, 63.8% of participants were “worried about paying large bills related to cancer.” Additionally, the survey reported that 33.6% of responders had to borrow money or go into debt while 39.7% had to make other kinds of financial sacrifices. The survey also said the risk of financial hardship and bankruptcy associated with cancer is higher among working-age patients (ages 18-64) than the elderly. The study continued to note that “working-age cancer survivors may face unique challenges, given that the majority rely on employment as the primary source of health insurance.” This group of parents is most likely to have kids at home. Cancer patients are 2.65 times more likely to file for bankruptcy than people without cancer, as reported in a 2013 Health Affairs journal article.

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?

Rescue Support

Immediate, practical support for families where a parent has cancer including financial support for rent, utilities, gas, groceries and other household expenses

Population(s) Served
Families

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.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

It's our goal to help families avoid homelessness while coping with cancer and raising kids at home.

Number of families served in cancer treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report a greater sense of purpose and improved overall wellness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

After receiving support from The Mayday Foundation, families rated their ability to stay afloat financially as an 8 out of 10. Prior to support, they rated it an average of 1.1 out of 10.

Total dollars distributed for utilities assistance

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Mayday Foundation kept lights on and gave us hope in a very dark time. The only reason we didn’t lose everything is due to the kindness and generosity of The Mayday Foundation, family and friends.

Number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

"We are so thankful for The Mayday Foundation. If it wasn't for your generosity we would probably be on the verge of our home being foreclosed and our electricity turned off."

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.

Medical bills remain the number one reason American families file for bankruptcy.

The Mayday Foundation believes that families should not be thrown into bankruptcy or forced to file for bankruptcy due to a parent's cancer diagnosis. Our goal is to provide immediate, practical financial support to offset household expenses such as rent, utilities, gas and groceries. Offering these gifts to families ensures they have the financial resources available to pay their medical bills and avoid financial toxicity and bankruptcy.

Short term financial assistance through The Mayday Foundation’s Family Support Fund keeps vulnerable families afloat. Funds are paid directly to third parties such as landlords and utility companies. Gas/grocery cards are given in $250 increments directly to families, as needed, monthly. Outgoing funds have been spent on rent/mortgage (52.7%), groceries (18.3%), gas/transportation (16.1%), and utilities (12.8%).

The Mayday Foundation seeks to make receiving short term financial assessment quick and painless. Once families are referred to The Mayday Foundation by an oncology social worker or health care provider, a short phone call determines the family's needs. While one family may need assistance with housing payments, another family is looking for help with mechanic bills so their car will transport them safely and reliably to appointments.

The Mayday Foundation makes payments directly to third parties such as landlords, mortgage banks and utility companies, while gas and grocery cards are delivered to family's directly.

In addition, The Mayday Foundation has leveraged community connections to offset costs including successfully negotiating rent reductions, collaborating with local non-profit organizations, and partnering with local businesses. For example, we asked a locally owned fuel company to cost-share with us to refill a patient’s propane tank. Not only did the management team refill it (twice!) for no charge, they also matched dollar-for-dollar employee donations to a grocery gift card.

More than 85% of our families were covered under an employer-sponsored health care plan at the time of the parent's cancer diagnosis. More than two-thirds of families were impacted due to a loss of the household's primary source of income. The increase in medical bills coupled with the loss of income means an overwhelming reduction in ability to save for retirement or college and a decrease in discretionary income for fun family activities.

It continues to be our mission to help families in a large, meaningful way rather than to give small amounts to a greater number of people. Along with our donors, we believe our impact can be larger if we give more to those who need it most. Our geographical footprint highlights our local feel, appealing to donors who want to give to people who are their neighbors.

The Mayday Foundation is uniquely able to meet the needs of our families. With a dedicated all-volunteer staff, board and advisory committee, we have people in place to grow the organization strategically.

We will continue to add capacity to assist families with their unique needs while a parent copes with cancer.

We are proud to report that 100% of our families have remained in their home and no family has filed for bankruptcy.

As we proceed, we plan to continue telling stories of how donations make a real-world impact locally. We are also diversifying our funding sources through corporate contributions and grant funding.

We will continue to meet the needs of parents coping with cancer and raising kids at home.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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MAYDAY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sasha Cavanagh

Erik Kupka

Ingram, Zelasko and Goodwin

Tanya Mote

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Kate Scriven

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Anne Larsen

City of Olympia

Cobie Whitten

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Lauren Pitman

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Greg Psaltis

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Cheryl Duryea

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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/16/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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.