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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

MISSION STATEMENT

When your child has cancer, you’ll do anywhere to find a cure. More often than not, that means going far from home – to a new and unfamiliar city, filled with people you don’t know and places you can’t find. You spend your days with doctors and treatment protocols. And you spend your nights trying to find some comfort in an uncomfortable place. Worst of all, you and your sick child feel like you’re on your own. Alone.

We don’t believe that’s the way to help a kid beat cancer.

When a kid is fighting cancer, he needs some respite from hospital beds and lab coats and treatments. She needs her family, and some space to be with them. She needs someplace to play, to be with other kids just like her, to feel less alone, less afraid. The family needs that, too.

We are Christopher’s Haven. We are a home for kids and their families while they battle cancer. Our home is more than a place to stay, it’s a support system to help with things large and small, and a community where families can be together, share a laugh, be comforted, and comfort others. Christopher’s Haven allows kids and families to focus their energies on beating the cancer that has attacked them all.

We know that medicine can heal the patient. Christopher’s Haven helps heal the child.

Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

When your child has cancer, you’ll do anywhere to find a cure. More often than not, that means going far from home – to a new and unfamiliar city, filled with people you don’t know and places you can’t find. You spend your days with doctors and treatment protocols. And you spend your nights trying to find some comfort in an uncomfortable place. Worst of all, you and your sick child feel like you’re on your own. Alone.

We don’t believe that’s the way to help a kid beat cancer.

When a kid is fighting cancer, he needs some respite from hospital beds and lab coats and treatments. She needs her family, and some space to be with them. She needs someplace to play, to be with other kids just like her, to feel less alone, less afraid. The family needs that, too.

We are Christopher’s Haven. We are a home for kids and their families while they battle cancer. Our home is more than a place to stay, it’s a support system to help with things large and small, and a community where families can be together, share a laugh, be comforted, and comfort others. Christopher’s Haven allows kids and families to focus their energies on beating the cancer that has attacked them all.

We know that medicine can heal the patient. Christopher’s Haven helps heal the child.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $192,000.00
Projected Expense $192,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Accommodation & Services

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

When your child has cancer, you’ll do anywhere to find a cure. More often than not, that means going far from home – to a new and unfamiliar city, filled with people you don’t know and places you can’t find. You spend your days with doctors and treatment protocols. And you spend your nights trying to find some comfort in an uncomfortable place. Worst of all, you and your sick child feel like you’re on your own. Alone.

We don’t believe that’s the way to help a kid beat cancer.

When a kid is fighting cancer, he needs some respite from hospital beds and lab coats and treatments. She needs her family, and some space to be with them. She needs someplace to play, to be with other kids just like her, to feel less alone, less afraid. The family needs that, too.

We are Christopher’s Haven. We are a home for kids and their families while they battle cancer. Our home is more than a place to stay, it’s a support system to help with things large and small, and a community where families can be together, share a laugh, be comforted, and comfort others. Christopher’s Haven allows kids and families to focus their energies on beating the cancer that has attacked them all.

We know that medicine can heal the patient. Christopher’s Haven helps heal the child.


Background Statement

Christopher's Haven opened their first apartment in 2006 at 1 Emerson Place, Boston, MA, directly across the street from Mass General Hospital. We now have eight fully furnished and supplied apartments available for families with children going through outpatient treatment for cancer at any Boston hospital.  We provide a home, support, community along with special experiences for the child, their siblings and their parents to help make their stay in Boston a warm and loving and happy (yes, happy) experience.

Impact Statement

Christopher's Haven is located at One Emerson Place in Boston. We also created a community space known as The Loft, where kids and their families can relax, meet others staying at Christopher's Haven.
 
Goals include raising funds to endow Christopher's Haven and to begin a capital improvement fund to replace furniture and equipment as required.

Needs Statement

Money
Furniture
Household supplies
tickets for shows, sports, museums, etc.
fundraising 
 
 

CEO Statement

Christopher's Haven helps families at a most vulnerable time in their lives -- when their child is going through daily outpatient cancer treatments for a 6-8 week period of time.  The family is far from home, from school, friends and their normal routine. At a very low cost, we offer them a private apartment, comfortably furnished and fully equipped for the duration of their stay. Our role is to relieve the pressures of being away from home so they can focus on their child.  Our supporters know that their donations  meet our mission of making a tangible difference to each of the families that stay with us. We often get feedback that a family highly valued the sense of community at Christopher's Haven, or that a time in their life that they dreaded was actually one in which they developed close friendships and had a good time sharing meals and special evenings with others.
 
A significant goal is to secure funding for the future by attracting corporate and foundation support. 

Board Chair Statement

  Christopher's Haven was founded by Dan Olsen, a three time cancer survivor who saw the need for the children and their families while going through treatment for cancer. He witness them sleeping in their cars, sleeping on the floors of the hospitals, anything to get their child the cancer treatment that they needed to save their lives. 
 
We are privately funded and work hard to raise the money to sustain our beautiful organization.  This is our biggest challenge and our biggest area of need. We very actively fundraising, but we can use help with this every year.  We have served over 270 families to date and are committed to help many more in the years to come.
 Volunteering for Christopher's Haven is a rewarding and meaningful experience, please contact us for more information.

Geographic Area Served

Internationally
Christopher's Haven serves families traveling to Boston, MA for extended cancer treatments . Families have come to Christopher's Haven from across the United States and from six different continents around the world.

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Temporary Housing
  2. Housing, Shelter - Temporary Housing
  3. Housing, Shelter -

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

Under Development

Programs

Family Accommodation & Services

The core program provided by Christopher's Haven is accommodation for up to seven families at a time in spacious well furnished and equipped individual apartments on a single floor at One Emerson Place in Boston, directly across the street from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. In addition to the apartments we run a community space known as The Loft in which people can watch movies, share meals, have play dates and generally enjoy the sense of community and hospitality.  A Family Services Manager is on site during the business week and volunteers frequently join the families for an evening meal of special celebrations.  Funds raised cover rents, utilities, supplies, activities, salary and other operating needs.

Budget  $525,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  We have served over 270 families to date. Doctors and health care provided often comment that the children that stay at Christopher's Haven have a wonderful outcome due to their good spirit and the loving experience at Christopher's Haven.
Program Long-Term Success  We want to make it possible that all children in need the specialized treatment for cancer, needing to travel to Boston in order save their child's life, are able to receive it without financial, geographical, or emotional  limitations.Ahome away from home.
Program Success Monitored By  Currently we track success through notes from families, exit interviews at the hospital, discussions with resident families.
Examples of Program Success  A young girl staying at Christopher's Haven had treatment for her cancer twice in Boston, the same treatment twice.  The first time she and her family stayed by themselves in a hotel. She experienced depression, anxiety, and loneliness and had a very poor response to her treatment. The doctors tried the same treatment again a short time later, this time staying at Christopher's Haven. She met friends, had holiday and birthday celebrations in "The Loft", went on excursions other CH families, had a home with a kitchen, TV, comfortable surrounding, and shared experiences with her extended family at CH. She had total success with her treatment this time and they are sure Christopher's Haven had a huge part in her success.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Joyce Duvall
CEO Term Start Nov 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Joyce Duvall helped start Christopher's Haven in 2001and continued helping develop the organization as Director of Events. In 2011 she signed on as Executive Director and has remained to this date.
 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start Nov
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Will Glynn Family Services Manager Will has been involved in Non Profit organizations most of his adult career.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr Dan Olsen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder, Christopher's Haven
Board Chair Term Jan 2001 - Dec
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
David Egan retired Voting
Diana Knightly Imperial Capital Voting
Paul Knutrud Inpectology Voting
Daniel Olsen Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G) Voting
Bruce Soule DRC 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: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $192,000.00
Projected Expense $192,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Financial Review

2012 Financial Review

2011 Financial Review

2010 Financial Review

2009 Audited Financials

2008 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $449,089 $392,915 $273,378
Total Expenses $564,119 $542,354 $506,747

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $232,034 $243,813 $231,700
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $70,861 $48,125 $40,515
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,449 $1,265 $1,163
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $143,745 $99,712 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $354,323 $343,012 $276,591
Administration Expense $100,615 $97,498 $197,682
Fundraising Expense $109,181 $101,844 $32,474
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.80 0.72 0.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses 63% 63% 55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 29% 30% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $281,524 $395,635 $571,344
Current Assets $191,858 $318,894 $539,268
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $16,639 $14,995 $40,446
Total Net Assets $264,885 $380,640 $530,898

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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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 Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
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 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 11.53 21.27 13.33

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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