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West Cancer Foundation

Breaking Barriers to Cancer Care

Memphis, TN   |  www.westcancerfoundation.org

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West Cancer Foundation

EIN: 84-4118484


Mission

West Cancer Foundation’s mission is to break through barriers to cancer care and improve patient outcomes by providing accessible patient resources, early detection and education, and community-based research.

Notes from the nonprofit

WCF will be the leading nonprofit provider of adult cancer support services in Memphis and its MSA. WCF is proceeding with paths to increase revenue, outreach, and awareness to increase services and community resources, save lives and make a measurable difference to stakeholders. WCF will bring the oncology community together in ONE FIGHT against cancer to ultimately benefit the patients. We are the only oncology-related nonprofit organization providing free programs & services to all patients that qualify, regardless of the provider or hospital affiliation. We are the only organization in the country with an organized program providing free lymphedema and post-mastectomy supplies, garments, and wraps. We strive to avoid duplicating services provided by many excellent nonprofits in the area. We want to bridge gaps, break down barriers to care, and most importantly help to remove Memphis as one of the deadliest cities in regards to breast cancer mortalities for the underserved.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Mrs. Leighanne Hart Soden

Senior Director, Operations and Donor Relations

Keri Burnette

Main address

850 Ridge Lake Boulevard Suite # 207

Memphis, TN 38120 USA

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EIN

84-4118484

Subject area info

Philanthropy

Health

Population served info

Adults

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women

Men

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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

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Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

West Cancer Foundation’s mission is to break through barriers to cancer care and improve patient outcomes by providing accessible patient resources, early detection and education, and community-based research. The Memphis-based nonprofit was founded in 2020 and is committed to developing collaborative partnerships and innovative patient-centered initiatives that remove barriers to cancer care. Minorities consistently suffer from greater rates of poverty than non-Hispanic Whites in Memphis and Shelby County. A community cannot have such a high percentage of people in poverty without affecting everyone. The data speaks to this fact: Shelby County and suburban areas are not immune to increasing poverty and the accompanying social and economic malaise; we must understand that to eliminate poverty, we need to work together for the benefit of all. WCF will play a key role in decreasing mortality rates for the underserved by providing fundamental programs for cancer patients.

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?

Community Engagement and Outreach for the Underserved

WCF provides the following free programs:

WCF's transportation program provides free, safe and reliable rides to any patient needing assistance with their oncology appointments.

The Screening Mammogram provides free screenings and diagnostics for women and men who are underserved or underinsured.

Lymphedema Compression Garment provides free gloves, sleeves, bandages, wraps, etc.

The Post-Mastectomy Program provides free prosthesis, bras and undergarments for women who cannot afford to pay.

Sweet Wig Beauty Boutique -- women can choose from a vast variety of free wigs at WCF's in-house boutique.

In addition, the Foundation provides grant funds for socio-economic research related to its mission, and funding for Oncology Fellows/Residents.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People with diseases and illnesses
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Philanthropist, DeAngelo Williams, Board of Directors 2022

Crystal Awards

Affiliations & memberships

West Cancer Center 2023

Regional One Healthcare 2021

Saint Francis Hospital 2022

Baptist Memorial Health Care 2023

Christ Community Health Services 2021

Church Health Center 2021

DeAngelo Williams Foundation 2020

Keesha Warrior Princess 2021

University of Memphis 2021

University of Tennessee Health Science Center 2020

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 individuals without a usual source of care

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

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Community Engagement and Outreach for the Underserved

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in chronic disease programs

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

Women and girls, Older men, Senior men, Economically disadvantaged people, Retired people

Related Program

Community Engagement and Outreach for the Underserved

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of chronically ill patients served

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Retired people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days between a request for services and an actual meeting with a service provider

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

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Women and girls

Related Program

Community Engagement and Outreach for the Underserved

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served in cancer treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Engagement and Outreach for the Underserved

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of research studies funded

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WCF funds oncology fellows who are the best and brightest in their respective oncology field. WCF is looking to expand this program with other hospital systems and oncology providers. Ultim

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Unemployed people, Self-employed people

Related Program

Community Engagement and Outreach for the Underserved

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent individual patients who have received free program services from WCF.

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.

We will differentiate West Cancer Foundation as an esteemed healthcare organization whose results are well-recognized and valued to attract patients as well as donors, volunteers and community partners.

We will be the leading oncology nonprofit organization in Memphis and the “charity of choice” for the community, donors, grantors, volunteers and employees.

Following our first three promising years of operations, we are increasing our investment in programs, education and research. This growth includes an annual increase of 10% to our operating and capital budget, bringing the total to $3,000,000 in 2025.

Working with our valued partners and subject matter experts, we have developed a proposal for opportunities where a larger investment will accelerate our mission. With these increases, we will be better positioned to accelerate our programs and build on the outlined plan.

Through our work, we are writing the next chapter in adult cancer care for our community. Today’s efforts will be the foundation for future generations of donors, volunteers, patients, community partners and others who will carry forward our mission.

While ambitious, this three-year course will allow us to significantly change the lives of the underserved, provide research grants for both lab and socioeconomic initiatives, and ultimately save lives through early detection and education. We can even become a model for other cities to fight their own cancer battles.

At its heart, this plan is a call to accelerate progress and we need you to join our efforts and make our community a better place for all.

West Cancer Foundation is poised to be a revolutionary change-agent in the fight against cancer.

A. Revenue
Decrease the number of lapsed donors.
Increase active-donor base.
Acquire eight hundred new donors YOY (including sponsors and event attendees).
Increase corporate giving and employee engagement.
Increase the number of grant proposals submitted and received.
Increase the number of and average amount of major gifts from individuals, patients, and doctors.
Increase awareness and adoption of planned/estate giving opportunities.
Determine future feasibility of current special events/campaigns.
Leverage Young Professional Advisory Board for creating new events specific to their demographic.
Increase DIY third-party giving.
B. Big Ideas
Develop and explore relevant “Big Ideas” that will serve one or more goals including:
Expanding cancer screenings and patient care services and increasing funding to WCF
Increasing brand awareness and enhancing WCF’s reputation
C. Partnerships, Resource Building, Community Engagement and Outreach
Continue development and implementation of the WCF grants initiative that allows the Foundation to award grants to universities for relevant community-based research.
This will allow WCF to partner with boots-on-the-ground resources and leverage the credibility and existing communications channels these organizations have in place.
Formalize and add structure to outreach and community engagement with the faith-based community.
Formalize and add structure to outreach and community engagement with primary care physicians.
Develop a formalized volunteer brigade to increase volunteer resources and increase our base of dependable volunteers.
Strengthen relationships with local, state, and national political leaders.
D. Research and Education
Collaborate with local universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies to highlight WCF’s research mission.
Engage Board Grants Review and Research Committee to increase and improve grants activity.
Continue the Fellows Grant initiative and explore ways to leverage the spending further.
Streamline the grant submission process with development of an online grant application.
Actively promote research findings in conjunction with community partners.
E. Marketing
Increase awareness of and engagement with West Cancer Foundation among donors, patients, treatment providers and strategic partners in order to increase bottom-line revenue.
Improve website functionality.
Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO) metrics.
Leverage partnerships with treatment providers to increase cooperative communications and ongoing promotion of WCF services.
Increase earned media/publicity coverage for WCF, its news, research accomplishments and partnership announcements.
Enhance social media content and increase followers and engagement by 20% by 2026.
F. Board & Staff Development
Create ongoing plan for continual board development and engagement.
Develop recruitment plan to attract diverse and committed board and staff members.
Cultivate a culture of transparency and trust.

Following its promising first three years of operations, WCF is increasing its investment in programs, education, and research. This growth includes adding over $1,660,000 to our operating and capital budget, bringing the total to $3,800,000 by end of FY2026.

Collaborating with our valued partners and subject-matter experts, WCF has developed a proposal for opportunities where a larger investment will accelerate its mission. With these increases, WCF will be positioned to accelerate programs and build on the outlined plan.

Through its work, WCF is writing the next chapter in adult cancer care for our community. Today’s efforts will be the foundation for future generations of donors, volunteers, patients, community partners and others who will carry forward the mission.

While ambitious, this three-year course will allow WCF to significantly change the lives of the underserved with free, practical cancer services, as well as provide research grants for both lab and socioeconomic initiatives, and ultimately save lives through early detection and education. WCF can even become a model for other cities to fight their own cancer battles.

WCF will proceed on parallel paths to increase revenue, outreach, and awareness to increase services and community resources, saving lives and making a difference.

At its heart, this plan is a call to accelerate progress and make our community a better place for all.

In 2022 WCF provided and funded the following:

Breast Screenings
245 women served. This represents 16% of resource allocations.

Transportation
1,560 patients served. This represented 14% of resource allocations.

Lymphedema compression garments (gloves, sleeves, wraps, bandages)
129 patients served. This represents 6% of resource allocations.

Post Mastectomy prosthesis, bras and undergarments
166 patients served. This represents 8% of resource allocations.

Oncology Fellows Funding
$278,501 in grant funding for three fellows. This represents 41% of resource allocations.

Research Grants
$104,652 in grant funding provided for 4 projects. This represents 15% of resource allocations.

In August 2023, WCF and its Vice Chair founded the Young Professionals Advisory Board to assist with its mission and outreach in the community. These professionals can be the future of the continued growth and development of the foundation.

Also in August, WCF moved into new space to accommodate its growth in programs and staff. It is centrally located in Memphis and also provides meeting space for other nonprofit and community groups.

Community Engagement and Outreach Program - 2023
To-date, WCF staff have accomplished the following:
Attended 26 health fairs, events, and support group meetings.
Reached 7,653 individuals through education, awareness, intake forms for free breast screenings.
This represents 47 hours of time spent in the community promoting free programs for the underserved.

Transportation metrics January through October:
To-date, WCF has provided 5,000 free rides to cancer patients. This represents an investment over $200,000.
These numbers have nearly quadrupled year over year.

In October of 2023, WCF launched its "Give A 'Gram" campaign asking the community to help fund the free mammogram program. In November 2023, WCF will open the Sweet Wig Beauty Boutique. This is a private and soothing space in its offices with trickling water fountains and evokes a spa-like experience. Many women report that losing their hair is the worst part of cancer treatments. If you can't afford a wig, the result can be severely traumatic. WCF has a vast inventory or styles and colors. Ladies can come into the private area and try on as many wigs as they choose and can bring a loved-one or family member with them. This is a completely free program.

In October of 2023, WCF launched its "Give A 'Gram" campaign asking the community to help fund the free mammogram program.

In 2023 WCF's Board of Directors approved a full-time position for the Director of Research, Grants and Strategy. This position will manage both grant applications submitted by WCF and grant applications submitted to WCF and work with the Scientific Grants Review Sub-Committee of the board. In addition, the position will work closely with the Executive Director and Strategic Planning sub-committee.





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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

West Cancer Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 West Cancer Foundation 2022 West Cancer Foundation 2021 West Cancer Foundation
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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

17.00

Average of 5.67 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21.8

Average of 118 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

West Cancer Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 West Cancer Foundation’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 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,162,266 $661,990 $622,451
As % of expenses 2529.3% 86.6% 48.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,162,266 $661,990 $622,451
As % of expenses 2529.3% 86.6% 48.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,208,218 $1,426,642 $1,906,597
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 18.1% 33.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.2% 99.9% 99.2%
Other revenue -0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $45,952 $764,652 $1,273,685
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 1564.0% 66.6%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 6.3% 1.5% 38.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.3% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 83.8% 80.2% 26.8%
All other expenses 9.9% 18.1% 34.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $45,952 $764,652 $1,273,685
One month of savings $3,829 $63,721 $106,140
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $49,781 $828,373 $1,379,825

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 303.5 28.6 21.8
Months of cash and investments 303.5 28.6 21.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 303.5 28.6 23.1
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,162,266 $1,824,256 $2,314,086
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $277,490
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 5.9%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,162,266 $1,824,256 $2,446,707

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Executive Director

Mrs. Leighanne Hart Soden

Leighanne has been in nonprofit leadership roles for 30+ years, and specifically in oncology philanthropy for 20+. She came to West in 2012 to launch a successful philanthropic program. From that early beginning, West Cancer Foundation was formed in 2020. Prior to West, she was Development Officer for the American Cancer Society. While with ACS, she successfully directed a $9,000,000 capital campaign to build Harrah's Hope Lodge in Memphis. The total project came in under budget and ahead of schedule. Her Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and had an excellent outcome thanks to Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, Leighanne's mentor and dear friend. Losing her father to cancer in 2018 made the fight against cancer and the drive to raise funds for research and support a person mission for her. She earned her BA in Communications from University of Alabama, and MA in Communications from University of Arkansas. She is married to Jack Soden and resides in Germantown, TN.

Senior Director, Operations and Donor Relations

Keri Burnette

In addition to handling day-to-day operations and working with donors, Keri also works with the Ride 2 Rosemary and She to Sea cycling teams to assist with their fundraising efforts as well as other DIY fundraising events. Keri is originally from Minnesota but has made Memphis her home. Graduates of the University of Memphis, she and her husband Michael are long-time season ticket holders for University of Memphis Tiger football. As a breast cancer survivor, Keri is very passionate about the work we do here at West Cancer Foundation, knowing what a difference it can make in one’s life.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

West Cancer Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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West Cancer Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr. Joel Kimbrough

Retired

Term: 2024 - 2026


Board co-chair

Ms. Lori Guyton

On Brand Communications

Term: 2024 - 2026

Steve Wishnia

Highland Capital

Harry Smith

Retired

Leighanne Soden

West Cancer Foundation

Robert Blankenship

Sedgwick

Mike Keeney

Lewis Thomason Law Firm

Marian Levy

University of Memphis

Janie Lowery

Church Health Center

Jason Motte

Jason Motte Foundation

Susan Murrmann

McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health

Tim Nicholls

International Paper

Robin Orgel

Community Volunteer

Jon Peters

AnovoRx

Kim Pitts

ANK Forwarding

J. Martin Regan

Lewis Thomason Law Firm

Jenny Mallery Vergos

Marx-Bensdorf

William H. West

Emeritus

DeAngelo Williams

The DeAngelo Williams Foundation

Kevin Woods

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Dianne Young

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Matt Johnson

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Bo Allen

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Boo Mitchell

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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? Not applicable