Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc

Changing lives, one step at a time

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Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc

EIN: 45-5029977


We help young adults diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15-40 connect with each other by guiding them to peer support programs, including cancer camps, and encouraging their participation in these programs.

Ruling year info



Chris Hines

Vice President

Karen Hines

Main address

Po Box 345

Washington, MI 48094 USA

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Subject area info



Mental health care


Population served info

Young adults

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation we aim to solve isolation and loneliness as they relate to a cancer diagnosis for a young adult 18-40.

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?


A week long camp for young adults battling cancer in Northern Michigan. A place to connect with each other and find peer support and strength to face their unique challenges ahead.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Young adults

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 young adults who have access to age appropriate cancer resources.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We distribute information bags loaded with age appropriate resources to Michigan cancer treatment centers. Our outreach has increased each year. We believe information is power.

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 offer young adults navigating a cancer diagnosis support, meeting them where they are on their cancer journey.
Our primer program is Base2Summit; a 6-day cancer retreat. We focus on three tenets of adventure, connection and wellness. Our goal is expand programming to meet the unmet needs of the young adult cancer community.

We intend to increase weekly program offerings in alignment with our budget and waitlist.

To encourage engagement in available support, we offer age appropriate resources through our website and information bags. The information bags are available at Michigan hospitals and cancer centers and via mail delivery by filling out a request on our website.
We have increased our outreach and relationships with Michigan hospitals significantly each year. Our in state delivery of information bags has increased from 75 bags in 2013 to over 450 bags in 2023. Our out of state information request and hospital connections has tripled.
We believe information is power.

Base2Summit(B2S); Our free 6-day adventure based survivorship program (camp) in Northern Michigan offers an opportunity to meet other cancer thrivers with at similar journey and grow in community.
We began our Base2Summit camp in 2017 deeply serving 5 young adults for our pilot week. With the COVID halt for in-person programming, we experienced a drop in applications. In 2023, we deeply served 18 young adults through B2S and in 2024 we aim to host 36 young adults during three B2S weeks.

CHSCF has has gone from a fully volunteer organization to hiring two staff members; an Executive Director and Donor Development Manager. Our focus is to increase revenue to support our growing Base2Summit waitlist.

We have a host of volunteers that support the packing and distribution of information bags. Engaging volunteers and having them understand the important work CHSCF is focused on has increase or peer fundraising efforts. When stories are shared, folks want to engage in the work. We believe when you know more, you are inclined to do more and make an impact on those who need support.

Our BOD is fully engaged in governance and strategic planning to adhere to our mission of supporting young adults navigating cancer. We are creating a pipeline of new board members as the current members term off. We believe a robust and engaged BOD is vital to the overall accomplishments of CHSCF.

Currently, our Base2Summit program is offered in a rented house. We have a BOD committee specifically assigned the task of vetting out possibilities of funding for the eventual purchase of a Base2Summit property. Our intention is to enlist our stakeholders in this process and eventually offer a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to have a Base2Summit house the is ADA compliant to support all young adults navigating cancer.

Since our inception, we have set aside funds for our Base2Summit house. We are planning to activate the land/ house committee as soon as 2025 to begin the process of purchasing a property. We expect the capital campaign to support the renovation.

We are engaged in conversations to begin creating an endowment plan to sustain our programming for the future.

We have contracted out our social media to support a more consistent approach to engagement. This has increased our following on all channels and we have had the fortune of increasing peer fundraising through those channels as well. Our social team has paid special attention to brand details which we believe creates recognition and brand loyalty. Serving a population under 40, we know how important it is to meet them where they are to showcase the programs that are available to support time.

We have grown our programs and offerings organically to support the young adults we are so passionate about.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 52.95 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.6 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $116,427
As % of expenses 82.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $116,427
As % of expenses 82.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $257,523
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 1.6%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.4%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $141,096
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 6.2%
Professional fees 21.8%
Occupancy 3.4%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 14.1%
All other expenses 54.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $141,096
One month of savings $11,758
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $152,854

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 39.0
Months of cash and investments 39.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 39.8
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $458,891
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets $468,504
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $468,504

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Chris Hines

Chris Hines is Cassie’s father. He is currently a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He worked for Big Boy restaurants for twenty years, holding positions from Restaurant Manager, District Supervisor, Training Director, Human Resources Director, and Director of Franchise Operations and finally Big Boy restaurant owner. Chris served on the Board of Directors for The Shelby Lions Football Club for three years, volunteered with St. Michael’s Church providing breakfast for the homeless through the MCREST program for twelve years and served on the board for the Shelby Lions Club for 4 years. Chris currently serves on the leadership team for Orchard Ridge Church of the Nazarene in Washington Township. Chris is married to his wife Karen and together they have three children and three grandchildren.

Vice President

Karen Hines

Karen Hines is the mother of Cassie and was her primary caregiver. Currently Karen is the Vice President of The Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation. She also doubles as the Awareness Director promoting the mission of CHSCF in Michigan and nationally through collaborative partnerships. Karen is a graduate of Ferris State University dental hygiene class of 1984. She retired from her 35 year career as a dental hygienist in 2019. Karen has been married to Chris and together they have three children and three grandchildren.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Chris Hines

Edward Jones

Karen Adele Hines

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Ashley Barbara Priskey

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Ronald Valentine

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2024

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  • 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 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 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.