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Fairy Godmother Project

Making a difference in the lives of pediatric cancer families

aka FGP   |   Fredericksburg, VA   |  www.fgpinfo.org
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Fairy Godmother Project

EIN: 45-4299835


Mission

To ease the burden of everyday life for local families who have a child in treatment for a form of pediatric cancer.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Cathleen Pessolano

Main address

600 Lafayette Blvd S101

Fredericksburg, VA 22401 USA

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EIN

45-4299835

Subject area info

Family services

Population served info

Children and youth

Parents

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Unlike most pediatric cancer organizations, FGP’s focus is on the parents. Our philosophy is that by alleviating the day-to-day stress through emotional and financial support, we are providing these caregivers with more time and less stress allowing them to better support their families during these difficult times.

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?

STARGAZERS PROGRAM

When a child goes into hospice and is facing end of life, we put together a team of volunteers to support them. We also provide the following:

Gift card of $500 for errands, expenses, etc
Volunteer support in home (Minimum of 3 hours a week to include errands, cleaning, meal prep, etc.)
Home visits
Assistance with organizing community support (you caring, take them a meal, etc)
Photos (if not already done)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Parents

Fairy Godmother Project’s Photography Program offers a complimentary portrait session to families dealing with pediatric cancer. Each session is donated by a volunteer professional photographer and can take place at an outdoor location, home, hospital, or studio (if available). Our goal is to capture the families’ moments, connections, and love for each other despite the stress and worry that comes with pediatric cancer. We serve the Fredericksburg region.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Our Families need support in day-to-day tasks like house cleaning, meal making and lawn care. Additionally, they experience financial struggles brought on by treatment. We provide meals, lawn care, house cleaning and gas & grocery cards. Because the needs of all families are different, we implemented a point system that allows our parents to choose what support best works for their family. Each family is provided the same number of points which hold a monetary value allowing us to provide equal support to each family. Due to the added costs of treatment, travel and lost work, we added a financial relief fund in 2014. Two times per year we offer an opportunity for financial relief for our families by paying bills directly for them.
We serve the Fredericksburg region.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Parents

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.

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families

Related Program

FAMILY SERVICES

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families who report that service and support staff/providers are available and capable of meeting family needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report that services/supports are available when needed, even in a crisis

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families assisted with bills annually

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Related Program

FAMILY SERVICES

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families provided financial, emotional, and social support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Related Program

FAMILY SERVICES

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Financial support to families who have lost a child to cancer.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Related Program

STARGAZERS PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

To ease the burden of day-to-day life for families facing all phases of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. We provide monthly support through gift cards for groceries and gas. We offer house cleaning and lawn care services for our families and quick and easy meals and snacks of their choosing. We allow families to decide what support they would like to choose from what we offer to help ensure we assist the families based on their personal needs.

Pediatric Cancer is the leading cause of death for youth ages 0-19 in which 1 out of 10 youth afflicted by cancer will die from the disease and/or it's treatment. For those that survive, cancer and it's treatment has a long-term effect on the growth and development of the child, as well as increasing the likelihood of other chronic illnesses. Cancer is a decided source of stress to the youth experiencing cancer firsthand, but it also has a long-term impact on the caregiver, who must struggle with adjusting and responding to the changing needs of all family members. Several studies have documented the considerable impact that caregiving has on caregiver quality of life (QOL). Family caregivers experience increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosomatic symptoms, restrictions of roles and activities, strain in marital relationships, and diminished physical health. FGP provides financial, emotional, and social supports for the caregivers of children with cancer. Financial support is provided through gas and grocery gift cards, bill payment, an emergency financial fund, AAA roadside assistance membership, home-made meals, and much more. Emotional support is provided through our monthly support groups, lead volunteers, and mentoring program. Social support helps our families keep connected with their community through our community care packages, community service projects, and family events.

FGP has demonstrated it's ability to serve the changing needs of families facing pediatric cancer since 2012 with the support of our caring community and cadre of compassionate volunteers. Our program has adapted over the prior decade from only serving those actively receiving treatment to those in remission and also those who have lost a child to cancer. At each point, we have worked with our families, supporters, and volunteers to identify new needs and/or roadblocks to accessing services so that we can constantly improve the programs that FGP provides to families. Even during the pandemic, FGP was able to adapt in-person services to still meet the financial, social, and emotional needs of those that we serve. Additionally, our Heart of Gold Campaign for businesses and schools has helped to raise awareness in the community about pediatric cancer and to build a support network for these families at their places of employment and where their children attend school.

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 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, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Fairy Godmother Project
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

46.50

Average of 100.86 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

24.5

Average of 23.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Fairy Godmother Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Fairy Godmother Project

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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Fairy Godmother Project

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Fairy Godmother Project’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $100,621 $131,421 $51,663 $86,730 $49,854
As % of expenses 39.8% 45.0% 19.6% 27.6% 13.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $98,618 $129,366 $50,484 $86,730 $49,854
As % of expenses 38.7% 44.0% 19.1% 27.6% 13.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $382,853 $414,593 $316,720 $381,783 $418,259
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.7% 8.3% -23.6% 20.5% 9.6%
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 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.8% 99.8% 99.8% 99.6% 98.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $252,518 $292,142 $263,431 $313,712 $384,419
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.4% 15.7% -9.8% 19.1% 22.5%
Personnel 45.6% 37.5% 46.4% 46.1% 46.1%
Professional fees 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.3% 4.1% 4.6% 5.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 42.0% 50.1% 40.8% 38.2% 38.6%
All other expenses 7.4% 8.1% 8.8% 11.1% 10.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $254,521 $294,197 $264,610 $313,712 $384,419
One month of savings $21,043 $24,345 $21,953 $26,143 $32,035
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $275,564 $318,542 $286,563 $339,855 $416,454

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 23.6 25.2 30.6 28.2 24.5
Months of cash and investments 23.6 25.2 30.6 28.2 24.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 21.0 23.5 28.4 27.2 23.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $496,783 $614,677 $671,375 $736,109 $786,086
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $438
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $9,866 $10,498 $10,614 $10,614 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 74.8% 89.9% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 0.9% 1.3% 0.7% 2.2%
Unrestricted net assets $443,926 $573,292 $623,776 $710,506 $760,360
Temporarily restricted net assets $46,508 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 $46,508 $37,538 $39,164 $20,505 $9,250
Total net assets $490,434 $610,830 $662,940 $731,011 $769,610

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Cathleen Pessolano

Cathleen Pessolano is the Executive Director. She holds a Bachelors in Developmental Psychology, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and a Masters in Leadership and Management. Over the years, her career as a community advocate has provided her opportunities to work with adults struggling to reach their potential due to domestic violence, substance misuse, mental health, disability, displacement, and financial insecurity. In response to these opportunities, Ms. Pessolano has applied her talents to build collaborative relationships with community partners to develop programming that fostered a climate for change. As the recipient of the Next Generation Peace Award (VSDVAA), Ms. Pessolano began her career coordinating trauma-informed care services for youth exposed to violence. Now as Executive Director, she is able to use her experience and talents to promote FGP's mission to ease the burden of day to day life for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mary Tannous

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 2/1/2024

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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2023

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Data
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.