Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

Community is STRONGER than Cancer

aka Cancer Support Community CA Central Coast   |   Templeton, CA   |
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Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

EIN: 26-4659006


The mission of the Cancer Support Community CA Central Coast is to ensure that all people touched by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Cancer Support Community is committed to defining and implementing high quality cancer care and support - and to improve each patient’s quality of life. Current and relevant, evidence-based information drives the programs, services, social and emotional support that we offer to all those touched by cancer: patient, family and caregiver. We are committed to help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education, and hope - FREE of charge.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a local non-profit supporting cancer patients and families in SLO county. We are entirely locally funded and the money we raise, is used within our community.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Shannon DAcquisto

Main address

Cancer Support Community - CA Central Coast 1051 Las Tablas Rd

Templeton, CA 93465 USA

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Formerly known as

The Wellness Community - California Central Coast



Subject area info

Medical support services

Mental health counseling


Family counseling

Population served info




People of Latin American descent

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to provide social and emotional support to families in our community affected by a cancer diagnosis in the family. Cancer comes with a whole host of challenges and burdens beyond the medical scope. Patients deal with side effects, emotional stress, financial stress, physical illness, insurance challenges, isolation, and dealing with the physical and emotional changes brought on by cancer and treatment.

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?

Support Groups

Professionally led support groups for all different types of diagnosis and treatment in the cancer spectrum.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Monthly educational cancer series to teach patients, caregivers, families and medical professionals about updates in cancer and related topics to care and wellness around cancer.

Population(s) Served

This is a Spanish speaking group for patients and families affected by cancer in the family. This group meets twice per month at the center. The Latino program coordinator also does home visits for participants who can't make it to the center.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People of Latin American descent

We have a number of different restorative exercise offerings for returning to wellness after cancer care: Yoga, personal training, T'ai Chi, mindfulness and more - all FREE of charge.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

We offer a number of social activities that allow cancer patients to enjoy each others company in a safe environment. These include: coffee chats, art classes, drumming, pot lucks and more.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

We offer short -term counseling for patients and families around their cancer stressors.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Cancer Support Community Affiliate of Distinction 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To support the whole patient and family around non-medical cancer needs.

We offer support groups for many different populations and disease types. We also offer education, restorative exercise programs, social events, kids programs, scholarships, connection to financial and transportation resources. We offer patient navigation for medical bill support and access to care.

We have patient navigators, survivors, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, counselors, cancer trained athletic trainers, and a cancer certified dietitian all who are available to work with our participants free of charge.

As an affiliate part of the larger National Cancer Support Community - many points in the background of our organization are being researched and updated on an on-going basis - including psycho-social research and government advocacy. In 2018 National Cancer Support Community named our local Cancer Support Community - CA Central Coast as an affiliate of distinction. This means that we go above and beyond to provide excellent support to out local families. In the guidelines set forth in being an affiliate we must always maintain our programs with a licensed mental health professional in charge of our programs and services, to insure that mental health is always a primary focus of our patients and families.

We are continually seeking to improve both our services and the knowledge base of our staff team. We have recently added a 4th counselor to our team. We have added new support groups and social gatherings, as well as more educational classes and professionally led activities like art, drumming and journaling. This year we will continue to expand based on the needs of the participants and the results of our annual survey, as well as ideas sent down from CSC National.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 406.99 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $338,941 $143,679 $174 $154,812 $251,631
As % of expenses 113.2% 47.3% 0.1% 48.3% 77.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $338,821 $143,619 $174 $154,812 $251,631
As % of expenses 113.1% 47.3% 0.1% 48.3% 77.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $638,467 $447,444 $323,222 $475,463 $577,266
Total revenue, % change over prior year 73.3% -29.9% -27.8% 47.1% 21.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 4.5% 8.0% 9.9% 6.8% 6.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 95.5% 89.1% 91.9% 76.3% 93.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 2.9% -1.8% 0.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $299,526 $303,765 $323,048 $320,651 $325,635
Total expenses, % change over prior year 23.8% 1.4% 6.3% -0.7% 1.6%
Personnel 57.5% 63.6% 69.0% 61.3% 58.0%
Professional fees 7.1% 3.3% 3.1% 1.6% 1.7%
Occupancy 13.4% 13.7% 14.3% 12.9% 19.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.5% 2.7% 0.8% 3.1% 1.5%
All other expenses 19.4% 16.8% 12.9% 21.0% 19.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $299,646 $303,825 $323,048 $320,651 $325,635
One month of savings $24,961 $25,314 $26,921 $26,721 $27,136
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $41,905 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $324,607 $329,139 $349,969 $389,277 $352,771

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 42.1 47.4 14.3 17.4 25.3
Months of cash and investments 42.1 47.4 46.1 50.5 59.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 42.2 47.3 44.5 50.6 59.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,051,867 $1,200,238 $384,640 $464,592 $687,667
Investments $0 $0 $856,370 $885,940 $914,496
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,958 $1,958 $1,958 $1,958 $1,958
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 96.9% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.4% 3.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,054,141 $1,197,760 $1,197,934 $1,352,746 $1,604,377

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Shannon DAcquisto

I am a 14-year, 2-time cancer survivor and a passionate advocate for patients and patient support. I am a life long resident of the central coast and am here to help.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Cancer Support Community - California Central Coast

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Elena Clark

Board co-chair

Jessica Wheeler

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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 ? No
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2023

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

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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.