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Joe Andruzzi Foundation Inc.

 49 Plain Street, Suite 500
 North Attleboro, MA 02760
[P] (508) 2610630
[F] (508) 2610631
[email protected]
Laura Dunn
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EIN 26-2017043

LAST UPDATED: 11/12/2018
Organization DBA Joe Andruzzi Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile, for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial support when it is needed most.

Mission Statement

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile, for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial support when it is needed most.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $2,826,000.00
Projected Expense $2,821,654.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Financial Assistance Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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


Mission Statement

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile, for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial support when it is needed most.

Background Statement

Founded by former New England Patriots three-time Super Bowl-winning offensive guard Joe Andruzzi and his wife Jen in 2008, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) grew out of Joe’s own successful battle with cancer and the couple’s work with young cancer patients.

In 2003, before cancer struck their own family, Joe and Jen founded the C.J. Buckley Pediatric Brain Cancer Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of a young friend – C.J. Buckley – who lost his battle with brain cancer months after meeting the Andruzzis. Over the years, JAF contributed $850,000 to the fund.

In 2007, Joe was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma, ending his football career. Joe would go on to beat the disease and remains cancer free today, but a new passion grew from his own battle: helping less-fortunate patients and their families. After witnessing first-hand the stress cancer can cause, Joe and his wife, Jen, created the Joe Andruzzi Foundation to help cancer patients and their families meet life’s day-to-day challenges.

Impact Statement

2017 Accomplishments:

1. JAF added functionality to the patient grant program by adding Blueprint, a tool that allows users to create custom fields and forms.  This enhancement has allowed our program team to have the ability to decision applications with greater ease, which is proving to be a significant advantage given the continuing increase in application counts.

2.  The Foundation's business giving society (Champions Circle) continued to build its donor base with the addition of 27 new corporate donors in 2017.
3. Established Webster Bank as the check processing vendor for the program department.  Webster's Weblink is the web-based source of check processing data which allows the team to research cleared or outstanding checks, discrepancies and processing which ultimately allows JAF to provide a high level of customer service to patient recipients. 

2018 Goals:

1. Continue to build a diversified and robust development plan to maintain a trajectory of growth that aligns with the growing numbers of patients in need.

2. Through the financial assistance program, grow the number of cancer patients and families helped to over 9,000 by end of 2018.
3. Effectively launch our new brand look and website to increase awareness of JAF while also ensuring a consistent brand voice.

4. Bring new hires to the JAF team to enhance the level of expertise in the key areas of development and marketing to meet strategic goals of the organization.

Needs Statement

2018 Needs:

1. To strengthen the Foundation's sustainability, JAF needs to continue to increase its individual giving donor base through a well-thought out annual fund strategy.

2. The Foundation continues to need day-of-events and in-office volunteers, as well as, interns to help create amazing Special Events, support its Programs, and educate more people about the Foundation’s mission.

3. To protect the integrity of the information in our databases and maximize our efficiency, the Foundation needs to clean its constituent database by creating processes that support the clean-up and the future management of the data.

4. Continue pushing brand awareness throughout the Foundation’s serving areas, whether it’s through the Foundation’s own Marketing plan or partnering with other businesses who want to help expand its reach.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

“I know first-hand how much your daily routine changes during and following cancer treatment,” said Joe Andruzzi. “Please team up with me in helping others.”

Geographic Area Served

JAF provides financial assistance to cancer patients in all six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont).      

Organization Categories

  1. Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations - Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
  2. Health Care - Patient & Family Support
  3. Medical Research - Cancer Research

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



Financial Assistance Program

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation's Financial Assistance Program provides grants up to $800 to patients and their families battling cancer, allowing them to focus on treatment and recovery.  Grants are used by patients to help with basic living expenses such as rent/mortgage payments, utilities, and other household expenses.  The program does not cover medical or credit card related expenses.
To be considered eligible for a grant, patients need to be in active treatment at the time of their application submission and be a resident of New England.  Patients work directly with their social worker, patient navigator, resource specialist, or other related healthcare professional who is familiar with their medical condition and course of treatment to apply to the financial assistance program. 
Budget  --
Category  Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Comprehensive Grantmaking
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer
Program Short-Term Success  This year, the total number of financial assistance grants provided to cancer patients and their families since the inception of the Foundation will surpass 9,000.  The JAF program holds a unique position in that it is all inclusive for cancer patients in New England; unlike other similar non-profits, JAF does not distinguish or limit assistance by cancer diagnosis or age.
Program Long-Term Success 
 The Foundation's long-term goal is to surpass the milestone of the 10,000th patient grant awarded in 2019 and to continually grow our giving to meet the ongoing patient need well into the future. 
Program Success Monitored By 
The Foundation completed a strategic business plan with a third party who helped research and develop certain measurements that highlight weaknesses and strengths. The Foundation also sends annual surveys to financial assistance recipients and to the patients' social workers to get feedback on the program itself.
Examples of Program Success  "I can honestly say, many of our patients would be lost without the generous service you provide. I feel so
grateful that you do what you do. Your resource strengthens our patients and is invaluable. Many of our
patients come to us at a very emotionally fragile and stressful time in their lives. They have been diagnosed
with a very scary disease (sometimes fatal) and have so many concerns, including “How will I handle
treatment? What will happen to me (side effects, prognosis)? How will my family cope if I pass away? “I am
trying to be strong (for my family).” “How will I work while I go through treatment?” “I do not have any
benefits at work to assist financially if I do not work.” The relief that they express when they learn about the
potential assistance they could receive from foundations, such as the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, is palpable.
Often, hearing that there is “a light at the end of the tunnel” provides solace in knowing that people and
organizations are here for them is what they truly need at such a difficult time."
Kelly Sheehan, LICSW
St. Anne’s Hudner Oncology Center

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mrs Jennifer Andruzzi
CEO Term Start May 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mrs. Erin Chatham Vice President of Finance and Operations --
Mrs Karen Glass Director of Marketing and Communications --
Mr Matt Kavanagh Associate Director of Development --
Ms. Tracey Mahoney Director of Special Events and Corporate Partnerships --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 225
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Employment Practices Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
General Property Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance

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 Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Andruzzi
Board Chair Company Affiliation Co-Founder and Executive Director, Joe Andruzzi Foundation
Board Chair Term Apr 2017 - Apr 2020
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Ronny Mosston
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation V.P., Human Resources, X4 Pharmaceuticals
Board Co-Chair Term Apr 2014 - Apr 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Jennifer Andruzzi Executive Director, Joe Andruzzi Foundation Voting
Mr. Joe Andruzzi Brewster Ambulance Service Voting
Mr. Carter Buckley President, CJ Buckley Sailing Foundation NonVoting
Dr. Lucy Buckley Pediatric Cardiologist, Boston Children's Hospital NonVoting
Mr. Mark Cummings Principal, Mark T. Cummings Consulting Services, LLC Voting
Mr. Joe DeStefano President, ROI Communications Voting
Mrs. Anne Furey Owner, Placelift Anne Furey Interiors Voting
Mrs. Susan Kaplan Board Member, Joe Andruzzi Foundation Voting
Mr. Tim Kelly CFO and Partner, J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. Voting
Dr. Mark Kieran Dir. of Pediatric Medical Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute NonVoting
Mr. Sahal Laher CIO, Brooks Brothers Voting
Mrs. Ronny Mosston OvaScience Voting
Mrs. Faith Weiner Sr. Director Community Relations, CVS Caremark Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $2,821,241 $2,303,752 $2,147,153
Total Expenses $2,613,183 $2,144,390 $2,224,081

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $480,491
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $2,819,736 $2,303,192 $211,383
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,505 $560 $179
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $1,447,490
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $7,610
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,896,750 $1,500,415 $1,585,859
Administration Expense $171,092 $117,255 $137,949
Fundraising Expense $545,341 $526,720 $500,273
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 1.07 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 70% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 19% 23% 23%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,647,931 $1,279,486 $1,132,464
Current Assets $1,627,743 $1,257,975 $1,120,868
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- $0
Current Liabilities $205,336 $44,949 $57,289
Total Net Assets $1,442,595 $1,234,537 $1,075,175

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.93 27.99 19.57

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials. Breakdown of revenue is per the nonprofit.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) was created to provide financial support for New England cancer patients and their families when they need it most.  While there is an awareness of the physical toll that comes with cancer treatment, it can sometimes be easy to forget that there is also a financial impact on a family.  Cancer-related income reduction or loss combined with high treatment costs can lead to financial distress as families struggle to cover their everyday expenses.
In the 10 years since it launched, JAF has alleviated that stress for thousands of cancer patients.  While we take pride in that accomplishment, we feel that this is only the beginning of the impact JAF can make given the patient need that exists.  The focus for the Foundation over the next 10 years and beyond is to expand from a small non-profit to a medium or even large regional resource.  We aim to do this by extending the reach of JAF's mission through our powerful story which will help us grow our programs and allow us to serve a greater number of cancer patients and families in need.
In addition, JAF plans to continue to be a leading voice in the cancer community in addressing the challenge of rapidly increasing financial toxicity due to a cancer diagnosis.  In the future, the Foundation hopes to obtain funding to begin development of a new and transformational model to integrate financial health and well-being with cancer care. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In the last 12 months, JAF has begun to develop and implement a multi-faceted strategic approach that will allow us to reach our goal for growth and increased patient outreach.
Development - JAF has begun to shift from event-focused revenue to a more diverse development approach.  The team has expanded to include new members with professional expertise in several key areas including annual giving, corporate partnerships and the pursuit of foundation opportunities.  In addition, the organization has begun to create a major gifts initiative to build off the important relationships developed by JAF's founders - Joe and Jen Andruzzi.
Data & Analytics - JAF has invested in improving the functionality of our data capabilities by adding Blueprint to the Blackbaud Grantmaking product.  With improved ability to modify form fields, the result is a better information flow and faster grant review process, which is critical to applicants.  Enhancements to our reporting have also helped us understand trends, improve our customer service, source patients for marketing storytelling opportunities and improve financial reconciliation accuracy.
Marketing & Communications - This year brought the launch of a new branding strategy, our newly re-designed website and the addition of a marketing director to the staff.  The marketing strategy for JAF is to establish a consistent marketing and communications voice to promote the brand and mission via storytelling as we grow the Foundation's presence throughout New England.
Community Outreach & Engagement - As stated earlier, JAF's goal is to become a medium to large regional resource in providing financial assistance for cancer patients. One of the key strategic components to achieve this is to ensure an on-going presence with oncology healthcare professionals throughout New England.  This is accomplished by in-person facility visits to current, new and lapsed partners each month.  

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation has a unique point of differentiation from other similar non-profits in that we fund all cancer types and patients of all ages.  We recognize that the financial toxicity that comes with cancer does not discriminate by diagnosis or age and that the economic hardship is real for many families and in some cases can even effect treatment outcome.
Part of JAF's past success and a factor in our ability to continue to grow is the strong backing that the organization receives from our supporters.  The JAF Board of Directors is passionate about our mission and is an active advocate in the community.  JAF has recently invested in bringing in new talent into the organization to further maximize the strong base that has been built by a committed staff.  We are also fortunate to continue to build effective relationships with our corporate partners through the creation of our Champions Circle corporate annual giving program, which was added in 2017.
With the investments in our reporting capabilities, we will be able to more effectively utilize our data to target our messaging and better understand our patients and how we can continue to make improvements to our grant process.  In turn, this will allow us to assist more families in need and expand the reach of our mission. 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

JAF monitors the progress made in reaching our strategic initiatives through the analysis of our available data. The improved reporting related to our grant process allows us to be immediately aware of any trends related to our financial assistance support by geography, dollar amounts, and usage by patients.

JAF also understands that we need to track our impact with two critical constituents – patient recipients and healthcare professionals. To gather that information, the Foundation conducts an annual survey with these two groups. The survey responses provide both quantitative and qualitative feedback to help us learn of opportunities to improve our financial assistance process and allow us to gain a better understanding of the current trends related to financial distress in cancer patients. This feedback has proven invaluable in building our strategic focus and JAF plans to continue to conduct and analyze this annual survey.

Lastly, with our newly re-designed website launch, JAF is establishing on-going reporting to track web site visits and page views. This information, in conjunction with our email click and open rates, will help improve our understanding of which of our messages are resonating more strongly with various audiences as we strengthen our approach to segmentation.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is proud to have played an important role in providing financial assistance to more than 8,500 New England cancer patients and their families in the last 10 years. The Foundation has dispersed more than $5 million in grants that have helped patients when they needed it most, as well as having donated $850,000 in support of pediatric brain cancer research.

Starting in 2018, JAF has begun an evolution from an event driven development model to one that emphasizes sustainability, including an improved Annual Fund and Champions Circle corporate partnership program. These efforts allow us to increase our annual development goals to fund the ever-increasing number of requests for financial assistance grants that are on trend to be 18% higher than 2017.

Our recent re-brand and newly re-designed website launch has allowed us to build on our past, while looking towards the future. The recent additions to the JAF staff are bringing new strategic thinking across the organization that will provide a fresh approach. This combined with improved technology and reporting illustrate the accomplishments of JAF to date.

But the need for financial assistance for cancer patients continues to grow, so JAF will look to play a leadership role within the cancer community in providing that assistance while finding solutions for the larger need to alleviate the financial burden from cancer treatment. The increase in JAF financial assistance requests in 2018 shows that the patient need is ever-present. The Foundation has outlined an approach to develop a JAF regional model to integrate financial health and well-being with cancer care.

In the short term, JAF needs to continue to drive toward reaching several of our strategic goals, including diversifying the development plan even further to include major gifts. With the addition of new staff members, the goal of the Executive Director (Jen Andruzzi) is to be able to focus on building those long-term relationships. The renewed emphasis on marketing within the organization provides an opportunity to leverage the new branding and expand JAF’s leadership role via a holistic communications strategy and the development of new marketing collateral. Another area of focus will be to utilize the data JAF has compiled to segment and target our various messages for greater effectiveness.