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M Patricia Cronin Foundation to Fight Ovarian Cancer Inc.

 PO Box 101
 Quincy, MA 02170
[P] (617) 357-5772 x 11
[F] (617) 773-6901
www.patsfriends.com
[email protected]
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INCORPORATED: 2001
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3546884

LAST UPDATED: 08/03/2014
Organization DBA Cronin Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The M. Patricia Cronin Foundation to Fight Ovarian Cancer was organized for the purposes of providing support to ovarian cancer patients and their friends and families; increasing public awareness of ovarian cancer; and promoting research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. 
  1. Providing
         support to ovarian cancer patients and their friends and families;

  2. Increasing
         public awareness of ovarian cancer; and

  3. Promoting
         research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. 

Mission Statement

The M. Patricia Cronin Foundation to Fight Ovarian Cancer was organized for the purposes of providing support to ovarian cancer patients and their friends and families; increasing public awareness of ovarian cancer; and promoting research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. 
  1. Providing
         support to ovarian cancer patients and their friends and families;

  2. Increasing
         public awareness of ovarian cancer; and

  3. Promoting
         research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $35,000.00
Projected Expense $35,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Cronin Lecture on Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign
  • Support Group Conference
  • Support Group Funding

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The M. Patricia Cronin Foundation to Fight Ovarian Cancer was organized for the purposes of providing support to ovarian cancer patients and their friends and families; increasing public awareness of ovarian cancer; and promoting research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. 
  1. Providing
         support to ovarian cancer patients and their friends and families;

  2. Increasing
         public awareness of ovarian cancer; and

  3. Promoting
         research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. 

Background Statement

The Cronin Foundation is a memorial organization dedicated to a woman who was active in several worlds: womens' issues, nonprofit advocacy, legislative advocacy, law and finance.  Pat Cronin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a time when there were only breast cancer support groups, so she founded her own group composed of friends, clients and legislators.  She realized her good fortune and we often talked about the difference between the needs of the two groups of women.  Many of Pat's friends knew little about ovarian cancer when she was diagnosed at age 46, and we learned along with her. 
     After Pat's death, her friends came together to form a nonprofit organization to carry on the work we had so valued doing with her.  Our mission is to help women and their families when they are diagnosed, and, as so often happens, when the cancer recurs.  Over the last decade we have worked closely with Dana-Farber and have begun to balance our individual and family support with awareness and education about ovarian cancer.  There is no simple screening tool or test for this cancer, which results in delayed diagnoses. There is not enough understanding of the cancer itself; although named "ovarian," some types of the cancer are now thought to grow in the fallopian tubes. So awareness of risks and symptoms is the best support we can offer until there is more progress on research.  

Impact Statement

The foundation's accomplishments for the last year include working in coalition with the MA Department of Public Health and Dana-Farber Brigham and Women's Cancer Center on a statewide awareness campaign for the tenth year; awarding grants to support women in treatment for or recovering from ovarian cancer through support groups, alternate therapies and other activities; and raising about $30,000 with no paid staff.  For the current year, we propose to continue funding support groups; organize a statewide conference to develop a best practices and awareness model; support research efforts (by funding a lecture that brings together researchers from around the region and nation); and increase the reach of our annual awareness campaign.

Needs Statement

1. Continue to work in coalition with our partners on an annual ovarian cancer awareness campaign; current budget is $15,000 for our Foundation; our goal is to increase our participation to a minimum of $25,000 for 2013.
2. Maintain financial underwriting of ovarian cancer support groups/projects (Boston Medical Center, BIDMC, western MA, MGH, Lahey Clinic and others, if possible); at an annual cost of $30,000.
3. Sponsor an ovarian cancer conference for survivors, bringing women from our support groups and their therapists/social workers together, with program support from Dana-Farber, guest speakers and a Best Practices summary and implementation plan to result; estimated cost of a roundtable to plan the event, $2,500; estimated cost of the event (free to participants) at a central location, all day, breakfast and lunch and honoraria for speakers, rough estimate of $25,000, potentially considering taping a half day for use on participants websites, youtube and hospital sites (additional $10-15,000).
4. Consider hiring part-time staff to implement our goals. (All work is currently done by volunteers.)
 
4. Additional volunteers

CEO Statement

The Cronin Foundation does not have an Executive Director; a statement from the President is included. 

Board Chair Statement

Pat Cronin and I were very young employees of a publishing company in the mid 1970s. Together, we organized a union at our firm and were involved in women's workplace organizing in the region through 9 to 5.  Both of us later went on to lobby in the State House, and Pat continued also served as an assistant secretary in two Commonwealth divisions.  We also went to political conventions together - enjoying both friendship and advocacy. 
     Like many of Pat's friends, I knew little about ovarian cancer when she was diagnosed.  After her surgery in 1996, I came to know many of her other friends from our own support group, known as Pat's Friends, and together we found an organization in her memory to bring to other women the love and support she received during her illness.
     Pat had friends in government, media and politics. We have brought their knowledge and experience to our efforts, forming a coalition of groups to spread awareness of ovarian cancer.  We have created public service announcements, worked on webcasts and supported a website, ovariancancerawareness.org, to get our message out. 
     Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers.  While it strikes fewer women than breast cancer, it takes many more of them.  Each year, approximately 22,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2012, approximately 15,550 women died in the United States from ovarian cancer. Many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if the cancer is detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%.  Until there is a successful screening method or tool, we have to depend on understanding risks and early detection to save lives.  Pat was diagnosed at Stage III and lived with her disease, in and out of remission, for four years. Like many of her friends, I miss her after more than 11 years and know that if she had heard one of our awareness campaigns, she might be with us today.
 
 

Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE

The Cronin Foundation focuses on organizations and projects within Massachusetts.
 

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Patient & Family Support
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Cronin Lecture on Ovarian Cancer

The idea of a lecture on ovarian cancer was a way for the Cronin Foundation to have a small impact in the research world.  We are not in the position to fund major research. Initially, we sponsored our own lectures (a therapist talking about the importance of groups; an oncologist talking about research).  For the third time, we will underwrite the keynote lecture for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Symposium on Breast and Ovarian Cancer. This daylong event brings together practicing oncologists and researchers to discuss trends in research and treatment.  Young researchers present their data while the keynote speaker (last year from Australia, whose talk turned into a longer relationship) outlines key cutting edge research.
Budget  5,000
Category  Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success 
In the short-term, the participants learn about research and potential paths to new treatments. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Sponsoring the lecture helps share information, research and cutting edge thinking with other researchers and practitioners.
Program Success Monitored By 
The Women's Cancer Center at Dana-Farber outlines the program and invites our participation. Our Foundation works closely with Dr. Ursula Matulonis, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Dana-Farber.
Examples of Program Success 
One of the most recent keynote lecturers from Australia wound up setting up a relationship with Dana-Farber to partner on research issues.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign

The Cronin Foundation initiated a public awareness campaign about ten years ago.  Because there is no simple diagnostic test for ovarian cancer, such as a mammogram or PSA test, early diagnosis is essential to treatment and survival. We have partnered with the MA Department of Public Health; MA Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition; Dana-Farber Brigham and Women's Cancer Center; and others.  The campaign always includes a website - ovariancancerawareness.org - and depending on the coalition member contributions, has featured paid or donated statewide radio and TV public service announcements (PSAs); a webcast featuring survivors and oncologists; the Turn it Teal campaign (city landmarks, including the Zakim Bridge, turn teal for the month of September and the PSAs drive listeners and viewers to the website for information on signs and symptoms); Get the Facts, Recognize the Signs, another awareness feature on the website, with electronic information and hand cards on symptoms. To date, we have donated $15,000 annually to this campaign; having more funds would enable us to reach more women across the Commonwealth with our awareness message.  
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Population Served Females Families
Program Short-Term Success 
See the story above; a public service announcement we developed and helped pay for resulted in early diagnosis and successful treatment of a women whose husband heard the material.
Program Long-Term Success 
Two years ago, a man driving home from work heard one of our PSAs and thought he recognized the symptoms in his wife, a nurse.  He urged her to visit her doctor, and she did have ovarian cancer, received treatment before it spread and avoided chemotherapy.  There are no current public statistics on the number of women who are treated for early stage ovarian cancer, but it's our goal to increase that number as much as possible.
Program Success Monitored By 
We are not aware of public data available on women treated for early stage ovarian cancer. 
Examples of Program Success 
We continue to hear anecdotal evidence that women who are diagnosed early and receive treatment are cancer free, which is our goal.

Support Group Conference

Sometime this year or next, we would like to host a statewide ovarian cancer support group conference.  We would develop the agenda by hosting a roundtable meeting with representatives of each group/institution to plan the event ($2500).  We anticipate hosting the day-long event for 80-100 between Boston and Worcester.  With sufficient funds, we could videotape the plenary session on Best Practices for distribution to groups in MA and around the country (youtube).  If the conference is free to participants, we anticipate a cost of $40,000 (food, AV, space rental, speakers and honoraria; part-time event manager).  With video and lighting, we anticipate another $13,000 in costs. Results would be shared with oncology departments, MA Department of Public Health and other interested groups.
Budget  $55,500.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term metrics for a conference would be sharing anecdotal experiences and best practices during treatment and recovery.  This information could be videotaped or taken down and provided to the participants, group leaders, and oncology treatment centers in MA.
Program Long-Term Success  The aim of the conference would be to develop best practices for post-surgical, chemotherapy and remission periods for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We would attempt to track the participants through the support groups we fund after the conference to determine if specific practices, therapies or support improve (or harm) quality of life.
Program Success Monitored By  Bringing together group participants and therapists will allow sharing of best practices.  Now, this information is shared informally.  Two of the groups we support have met and undertaken some activities together, but in some cases even paying for transportation is a burden for the participants.  In addition to attempting to track the members of the groups, we hope this effort will develop a working group of therapists/counselors who can exchange information and support each other and the patients.
Examples of Program Success  Two of our groups have met or attended the same events and have expressed their appreciation for these opportunities. Data on survival show, unfortunately, that while 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, 15,500 will die of the disease.  In some of the groups we support, all of the original members have died and newly diagnosed women are joining.  It's important to provide support to these women undergoing chemotherapy to preserve a positive attitude and strength during this rigorous treatment. 

Support Group Funding

The Cronin Foundation provides funding to support groups composed of women in treatment for and recovering from ovarian cancer. The groups typically meet monthly, have a social worker or therapist, and often undertake a group trip. Funding sometimes provides for alternate therapies in conjunction with medical treatment. The feedback we get on these groups is tremendous: the participants value the peer support, lessons learned that are shared, professional counseling, information about difficult topics (such as sexuality after diagnosis), and sometimes, just fun without feeling guilty.  We would like to create more of these groups; each has a typical cost (when housed in a health care facility) of about $7,000 annually.  We would also like to sponsor a meeting of all the groups; see the program entitled "Support Group Conference." 
Budget  $25000
Category  Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Females Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Provide emotional, intellectual and practical comfort to participants.
Program Long-Term Success 
Emotional and intellectual support for women undergoing treatment or in recovery from ovarian cancer is the goal of this program.  We receive annual reports outlining activities, numbers of participants, etc.  The major success is providing comfort.
Program Success Monitored By 
Annual reports are provided and the Foundation often talks with therapists and nurses who work with the support groups.
Examples of Program Success 
The number of groups under development is increasing, and they all learn about our Foundation and support. Groups are present at Boston Medical Center, BIDMC, in western MA (Cancer Connection), and we are supporting related efforts at Lahey Clinic and MGH.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Cronin Foundation has no staff and operates with donated legal services (from Mintz Levin); donated event support (Cosgrove, Eisenberg and Kiley); and the passion and energy of Pat's Friends. We are able to raise the funds we spend annually, with a small cushion remaining. We have worked in coalition with medical centers and organizations with a similar interest.  We can do more with these partners if we can extend our reach on the awareness side; share more resources among support groups; and continue to advocate for more research and translational research.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nancy F. Farrell MPA
CEO Term Start Apr 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Nancy Farrell is the CEO of Regina Villa Associates, a public policy consulting firm. The firm's clients have included the MA Department of Public Health; MA Department of Transportation; Heinz Family Philanthropies; University of Connecticut; numerous cities and towns in the Commonwealth.  The firm provides public policy, public outreach and meeting organization and facilitation. Nancy has served as the Foundation's president since 2004.  She also serves as national Vice Chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and chair of AFSP's Public Policy Council.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Lewis Charles Eisenberg J.D. Treasurer
Lew Eisenberg is the Foundation's volunteer treasurer.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

The Cronin Foundation collaborates with the prevention bureau of the Ma Department of Public Health (Cheryl Bartlett, Asst Director); Dana-Farber Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (Dr. Ursula Matulonis); and with the MA Chaper of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are a small Foundation but we like to think we have a large impact.  Our work is all accomplished by volunteers or in coalition with other organizations; we hire a consultant, for example, to develop our public service announcements and other outreach materials. Not having a staff can be challenging as our board members are all employed and donating services and passions. On the other hand, we have many loyal donors who appreciate the fact that their contributions go directly into services, support, and awareness. 
     We don't have a you tube account, but our Public Service Announcements from some years can be viewed on our coalition website at: http://ovariancancerawareness.org/.  Our latest PSA is at the foot of the home page. 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Nancy F. Farrell MPA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Regina Villa Associates
Board Chair Term Oct 2012 - Sept 2013
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Gina P. Addis Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo Voting
Ms. Martha Byington Volunteer Voting
Mr. Don Cornuet Volunteer Voting
Mr. Lewis C. Eisenberg JD Cosgrove Eisenberg and Kiley, PC Voting
Ms. Nancy F. Farrell MPA Regina Villa Associates Voting
Ms. Kimberly A. Fletcher JD Attorney-at-Law Voting
Ms. Margaret Oliver JD To be added Voting
Ms. Tara Rendon Edward M. Kennedy Institute Voting
Ms. Jan Z. Rose McDermott Quilty & Miller Voting
Mr. Steve Weiner JD Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lynda Bernard The Brennan Group NonVoting
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Buckley Retired NonVoting
Mr. Dennis Cronin Unknown NonVoting
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cronin Unknown NonVoting
Honorable Joan Menard Retired NonVoting
Honorable Therese Murray Senate President NonVoting
Honorable Alice H. Peisch JD Senator NonVoting
Mr. Rick Rendon The Rendon Group NonVoting
Ms. Jane Welch Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Rennie Welch Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Audit
  • Distributions / Grant Making
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Foundation has been fortunate to have donated legal and other support services and to have the expertise and experience of many of Pat Cronin's friends, employer and elected officials.  We have managed without paid staff for 11 years and while that poses challenges, it also means that the funds we raise go directly into programs and awareness campaigns. 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $35,000.00
Projected Expense $35,000.00
Form 990s

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2011 Cronin Annual Audits 2009-2011

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $43,859 $40,264 $56,115
Total Expenses $59,592 $37,445 $45,309

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$12,500 $17,500 $7,500
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $29,835 $25,014 $46,020
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- $-4,177 $2,595
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,524 $1,927 $2,595
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $42,673 $19,692 $30,515
Administration Expense $4,695 $5,103 $4,944
Fundraising Expense $12,224 $12,650 $9,850
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.74 1.08 1.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 53% 67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 29% 30% 18%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $92,558 $109,453 $105,795
Current Assets $500 $108,453 $103,595
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $2,200 $2,000 $7,000
Total Net Assets $90,358 $107,453 $98,795

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
1st (Source and Amount) Arbella Charitable Foundation --
Arbella Charitable Foundation --
Arbella Charitable Foundation --
2nd (Source and Amount) ML Strategies --
ML Strategies --
ML Strategies --
3rd (Source and Amount) Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. --
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. --
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 24.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.23 54.23 14.80

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our all-volunteer organization runs one annual fundraising event and we typically raise between $25,000 and $35,000.  We have a cushion from earlier years of fundraising and a grant.  We aim to spend what we raise annually on our programs. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990-EZs.

Documents


Other Documents

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