BREAST CANCER ASSISTANCE GROUP OF MONTEREY COUNTY

aka BCAG   |   Carmel, CA   |  http://bcagmp.org/index.html

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 info

1999

President of the Board

Jane Sullivan

Vice President of the Board

Susan Jordan

Main address

PO Box 221582

Carmel, CA 93922 USA

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Formerly known as

BREAST CANCER ASSISTANCE GROUP OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

EIN

91-1972448

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

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?

Special needs assistance grants

The Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County provides grants to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance to offset daily living expenses during diagnosis, treatment or recovery.

Application process is simple.

Information is confidential.

Assistance arrives quickly.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.

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)

Financials

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Operations

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BREAST CANCER ASSISTANCE GROUP OF MONTEREY COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 10/01/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

JANE SULLIVAN


Board co-chair

SUSAN JORDAN

MARY PACEY

MARY SURBRIDGE

LUCY BRADFORD

ELEANOR UHLINGER

JANE SULLIVAN

ARMINDA GROSNICK

SUSAN JORDAN

MYRA KATSUKI

KIMBERLY ALLEN

BARBARA STEELE

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? 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