Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

BREAST CANCER ASSISTANCE GROUP OF MONTEREY COUNTY

aka BCAG

Carmel, CA

Mission

We want to help other women with this disease [breast cancer] as we would want to be helped ourselves.

Special Needs Grants are given to women or men who have a financial need associated with their breast cancer and are either:
--Residents of Monterey County who are being treated by physicians located anywhere
--Residents of Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz Counties who are being treated by Monterey County physicians

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County (BCAG) is an organization of breast cancer survivors who work to improve the lives of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz County breast cancer patients and their families. We awarded more than $116,499 to 77 local women for food, gas, rent, utilities, and incidentals over the past year! BCAG, an all-volunteer organization of breast cancer survivors, provides emergency need-based grants that help patients in active treatment with their basic living expenses. There are no paid staff; all officers, directors, and medical advisors are volunteers. Unlike national charities, 100% of contributions are awarded to recipients in our local community. A small foundation grant offsets our modest operational expenses.

Ruling Year

1999

President of the Board

Jane Sullivan

Vice President of the Board

Susan Jordan

Main Address

PO Box 221582

Carmel, CA 93922 USA

Keywords

BREAST CANCER

EIN

91-1972448

 Number

3592613998

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

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Programs + Results

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Many of our grant recipients rely on hourly wages and tips for their daily living expenses, yet the side effects of breast cancer treatments often require patients to stop working, which may trigger severe financial hardship for their entire family. BCAG special needs assistance grants help local women and men offset financial hardships caused by the high cost and disruptive impacts of breast cancer treatment and its side effects. For more than 20 years BCAG has been the only local organization that collaborates with local health care providers and social service agencies to provide financial grants and food assistance that help local breast cancer patients meet their daily financial needs.

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Special needs assistance grants

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BCAG is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of breast cancer survivors who raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of local breast cancer patients and their families. BCAG provides basic living expenses grants (for food, rent, gas, utilities, etc.) that relieve some of the financial worry associated with breast cancer and allows women (and men) to focus on fighting their disease so they can again spend quality time with family and return to the local workforce. BCAG serves residents of Monterey County who are being treated by physicians located anywhere and residents of Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties who are being treated by Monterey County physicians.

We partner with and receive applications and referrals primarily from: Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, Stanford University, and University of California San Francisco medical professionals who are treating our local breast cancer patients. Over the past year the BCAG Board of Directors successfully expanded outreach to health care professionals and local service organizations to raise awareness of our program (through direct contact, Facebook, a new quarterly newsletter, and through our redesigned website). We continued a successful partnership with the Food Bank for Monterey County, began a new partnerships with two local hospitals, and we are currently exploring possible partnerships with local agencies servicing homeless women so we can provide financial assistance to their clients who are also being treated for breast cancer.

We are 100% volunteer organization of breast cancer survivors who understand the problem and need in our community. We partner with local service agencies, foundations, and service clubs to raise funds LOCALLY and put them back into our LOCAL community.

Our average number of applicants is steady across the past 5 years, but through greater awareness and partnerships we have been able to raise more funds to provide larger grants to local breast cancer patients with financial need.

In our most recent fiscal year (2017-2018): 77 grants awarded to eligible patients (of 84 applications received) for a total of $116,499 awarded as follows: * grants ranged from:  $200-$2,750 * applicant ages ranged from: 29-86 * applicants live in: Big Sur, Carmel, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Paicines, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad, Watsonville * language of applicants: 33% Spanish; 66% English * grants awarded for: rent/mortgage, vehicle payment/insurance, utilities, gasoline/transportation to medical appointments, childcare, food, complementary therapies (such as acupuncture and therapeutic massage)

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

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Our Board Members are all volunteers who must be breast cancer survivors.