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Andrews Helpful Hands Foundation, Inc.

 PO Box 751, John Sousa
 Hudson, MA 01749
[P] (978) 375-3704
[F] (508) 372-6312
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EIN 04-3566805

LAST UPDATED: 01/30/2015
Organization DBA AHH
Andrew's Helpful Hands
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

To financially and emotionally support families that have a child with cancer that is going to go through the bone marrow transplant process.  
To educate the public and increase the number of people that are on the volunteer donor list of the national and international bone marrow registry.

Mission Statement

To financially and emotionally support families that have a child with cancer that is going to go through the bone marrow transplant process.  
To educate the public and increase the number of people that are on the volunteer donor list of the national and international bone marrow registry.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $45,000.00
Projected Expense $5,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Helping Families Going Through Bone Marrow Transplant

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.


Mission Statement

To financially and emotionally support families that have a child with cancer that is going to go through the bone marrow transplant process.  
To educate the public and increase the number of people that are on the volunteer donor list of the national and international bone marrow registry.

Background Statement

Andrew's Helpful Hands was born from a simple request of a 6 yr old child named Andrew Swenson. 
When Andrew was 2 yrs old, he was originally diagnosed with ALL(Leukemia).  After relapsing with testicular cancer, then relapse of leukemia again, our only option for a potential cure was to go to bone marrow transplant.  Andrew's mom could no longer work and lived at the hospital with him for over 5 months.  Andrew's uncle, John Sousa did the very first fundraiser to help get the nephew's home out of foreclosure.   After the event, Andrew's parents were explaining to the kids that people need to help each other, be kind to each other because of other people helping that is why "mommy can stay and help with whatever you need".  At that point Andrew asked his uncle and parents to help other kids that were in the hospital with him.  John was quick to say that was a lot of work and not sure he could do it again.  Andrew explained that he has lots of time on his hands and he is"very helpful, so please lets help Lindsey have her mommy stay with her".  And so, Andrew's Helpful Hands concept was born.
The logo is appropriately Andrew's hand print.  The application process is simple.  AHH receives calls and or applications from the oncology team at various Massachusetts hospitals (i.e. Children's Hospital-Dana Faber C. I.,  Mass General -Floating Hospital or UMass Memorial).   Once the application is received and all necessary documentation is included, then it is reviewed by the board members.  Once the application is approved, the creditors of the family (mortgage bank or landlord) is notified that they will be receiving payment directly from AHH due to the catastrophic illness of the child.  Ahh maintains contact with the family to provide emotionally assistance (helpful information, just an ear to listen), continue fundraising and just be helpful.

Impact Statement

One of our biggest accomplishments is knowing that we have helped a family through the most difficult time unimaginable in a parents life. We have been able to assist 2 families per year.  We directly pay the families creditors (mortgage/rent) for up to 12 months so that the parents can focus 100% on what is important, their child!  When one of our family's child passed away, AHH attends the services in honor of that child.  In approaching the mother, I was held tightly and told "Thank you so much.  If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been able to spend this last year with my son and enjoyed every moment that we had with him..." with tears in our eyes, she whispered "thank you Andrew, help Danny make new friends up there".    
This is what we are meant to do, take away the anguish of parent(s)who need to decide if they go to work to keep their home or be an advocate, help care, comfort, entertain the most important person in their lives that needs them,their child!
AHH has accomplished placing over 15,000 new volunteer bone marrow donors on the bone marrow registry! We run several drives and I directly speak to potential donors on the amazing honor it would be to help save a life, be someone's hero.  I let them know that if they aren't sure- don't do it.  We assisted a family that the donor backed out after the child started treatment, that family lost their child while holding on to hope that they started this process in hopes to save their child.
AHH has won the:
New York Life Community Award; Greater Boston Real Estate Board- Community Award in Housing Assistance Programs;  DCU- Care for Kids Award;  to be received in 2012 is Mass General Hospital Cancer Center - "The One Hundred".
Our goal is always the same, more awareness, more fundraising, keep more families together in their homes.  With 2012 being our son Andrew's 10th anniversary of being an angel, our goal is to help 3-4 families this year.  My hope is that you can help me help 10 families per year! 


Needs Statement

Donation/grant that would allow us to purchase a easier/user friendly data entry system along with training on the system so that we can easily keep track of our supporters and contact our past supporters for upcoming events or special requests for a certain fundraiser.  $ -?
Utility Van - our van that was donated 4 yrs ago (was 11 yrs old) has no heat, missing flooring by wheel wells- used to transport volunteers, tables, merchandise, etc.. to various fundraisers i.e festivals, events etc... newer used van $7000 one time need (will last hopefully more than 4 yrs)
Awareness Programs- attend and present at various expos, fairs, and companies.  Provide printed information that attendees make take with them $3000-4500/per year

CEO Statement

This is an organization that was started in honor and continues in memory of a young child that was as unique as the charitable organization created by that child.
Andrew's Helpful Hands assists families that have a child going through the bone marrow transplant process.  This is usually the last means to extend the life of a child with cancer.  
Once the child starts preconditioning to the time the child can be reintroduced into public is the length of time that AHH directly pays the families creditors for their housing needs. We take over the burden of "where is the bill, did you pay the pay, do we have enough money to pay the bill?"  The mortgage payment or rent payment is sent directly to Andrew's Helpful Hands and our treasurer directly pays the mortgage/rent payment for that family. We take over the payment for up to 12 months.  This is the time frame for that child to be reintroduced back into the public and also when the parent(s) can return to work because the child no longer has to go to several medical appointments per week/month.   We take away the worry of one more thing to do in the midst of so many new life changes. 
As a supporter of the organization, you know that the donation is going directly to support our mission, financially support families with a child going through the bone marrow transplant process.
We are a small organization but we have a huge impact on a family's life!

Board Chair Statement

Being involved in this organization is challenging and rewarding.  The challenges that we face seem to be of the "national exposure or national notoriety".  When approaching large corporations for donations, a couple of questions that are usually asked is how many states do you assist,  how much advertising can you reciprocate?  This organization has had no formal training on how to be a non profit and has used all advice and assistance mainly from our accountant.  The board members are all 100% volunteers and maintain full time positions that are necessary for the survival of their families.  As the President, I have participated in the organization because of the "feeling" i get when  helping families going through what my sister and her family went through.  Knowing that without a college education, I have helped make a huge impact in many families lives so far and will continue to do so as long as I can.  I enjoy listening to recollections that we, as a family who went through bone marrow transplant, have gone through and turning them into a channel of relief for another family that is going through the same ordeal and encouraging them that their results will be favorable and they will all get through this.
Many challenges of "recognition" continue to be overcome.  We have been graciously award the one thing we need- Recognition Awards for what we have done, continue to do and will do.  Although 10 yrs shows stability, progress shows strength.  We will continue to grow, learn and teach others.  With the limited knowledge that we do have, we have helped other families and organizations start their own nonprofits.  This organization was built on caring and sharing.  What we know, we share, what we dont know, we try to learn, what will always be is compassion.

Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Housing, Shelter - Housing Support
  3. Human Services -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Helping Families Going Through Bone Marrow Transplant

Andrew's Helpful Hands Organization is helping families going through Bone Marrow Transplant. We will allow parents to focus on their child during recovery. The process of going through a Bone Marrow Transplant has many facades. If a donor is needed, we help you organize a Bone Marrow Drive. If finances are needed, we help you with fundraisers, benefits, raffles, etc.
Budget  .
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Calls from banks are eliminated, stress level on financial burden disappears.
Program Long-Term Success 
Pay for one year of families expenses so they are together are in homes and do become a  foreclosure statistic
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  .

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

One of our largest challenges has been continued financial support from the public.  Although the economy is bouncy back, the budget ties have not. 
One of our big "branding campaigns" is to attend many various trade shows, expos etc... in the past we have had the honor of being allowed to attend these shows at no cost.  I would request any space available by a door that doesn't open, a corner that wasn't filled or a booth that wasn't sold.  Usually, my success was approximately 8-12 shows per year minimum.  We would set up, bring awareness of our organization and all that we have to offer to the residents of Massachusetts; housing assistance, community service, bone marrow registration, fundraising etc... 2011 and this year, I have not been involved in any trade shows or expos because we have had to pay for a "space".  We are working with different production organizers to see if we can exchange services (ie security, maintenance etc.) in exchange for a space in a show. 
We are 100% volunteers and hold full time jobs and try to get more and more people involved so that can grow and become the organization that will be called for that one free space.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Sousa
CEO Term Start Aug 2011
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
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
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Award Awarding Organization Year
The One Hundred Massachusetts General Hospital 2012
Care For Kids Digital Credit Union 2011
Community Award in Housing Assistance Greater Boston Real Estate Board 2011
Community Award New York Life Insurance 2010
People Helping People Fraternal Order of Eagles 2007
Activists in Action- Humantarian Award Lesley University 2004


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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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 9
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. John Sousa
Board Chair Company Affiliation president
Board Chair Term Aug 2011 - July 2012
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Ann Charbonneau Director Voting
Ms. Dianne Ross Director Voting
Mr. John Sousa president Voting
Mrs. Zenaide Swenson Treasurer 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 20
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $45,000.00
Projected Expense $5,000.00
Form 990s

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $38,453 $43,387 $49,470
Total Expenses $31,085 $31,407 $56,193

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $12,185 $20,764 $28,440
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $67 $56 $47
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $25,429 $22,191 $20,674
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $772 $376 $309

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $29,435 $29,307 $54,393
Administration Expense $1,650 $2,100 $1,800
Fundraising Expense $0 $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.24 1.38 0.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 93% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $60,185 $52,817 $40,837
Current Assets $52,396 $45,373 $33,553
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $60,185 $52,817 $40,837

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

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

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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Previous fiscal period information was obtained from Form 990-EZ (2011, 2010, 2009).
Expense allocation was provided by the organization. The organization is working with their tax preparer.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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