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Family Reach Foundation

 142 Berkeley Street, 4th Floor
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (973) 394-1411
[F] (973) 860-1817
www.familyreach.org
[email protected]
Corey Fick
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INCORPORATED: 2003
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 91-2192211

LAST UPDATED: 02/01/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Family Reach Foundation provides financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. The foundation alleviates the burden of everyday expenses the accumulate during a patients treatment, including mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, as well as medical costs not covered by insurance.

Mission Statement

Family Reach Foundation provides financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. The foundation alleviates the burden of everyday expenses the accumulate during a patients treatment, including mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, as well as medical costs not covered by insurance.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $3,000,000.00
Projected Expense $2,740,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Grants Program
  • Gift Card Program
  • Hands of Hope

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Family Reach Foundation provides financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. The foundation alleviates the burden of everyday expenses the accumulate during a patients treatment, including mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, as well as medical costs not covered by insurance.


Background Statement

Before Family Reach Foundation was incorporated in 2003, the organization operated as the “Colangelo/Morello-Wiatrak Cancer Fund.” The Fund was founded as a joint effort in 1996 by the families of Christopher Colangelo and Kristine Morello-Wiatrak. Christopher lost his battle with neuroblastoma at the age of 11 in 1981, and Kristine died in 1995 at the age of 27 after a year of fighting Ewing’s sarcoma, a pediatric-type cancer.

Shortly after Christopher’s death, the Colangelo family began a relationship with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York to help families with the financial and emotional burdens of dealing with pediatric cancers. Over the years, the Colangelos offered special attention to families requiring palliative care, home health assistance, and other needs in the final days of their children’s lives.

Kristine and her husband Chris had a similar vision during Kristine’s fight against Ewing’s sarcoma. They both were astounded by the plethora of secondary costs and burdens that mount during treatment – from transportation to cancer centers, to special nutrition needs, to day care. They witnessed how families struggled to keep up with the enormous, everyday challenges of helping their loved-ones fight cancer, while managing the variety of financial pressures that mount during the treatment period. Kristine, before she died, agreed with her husband Chris that they should create a fund to help families cope with these financial pressures, and allow them to focus their emotions on the healing of loved ones.

In 1996, the families of Christopher and Kristine, already good friends, decided to meld their efforts together into one fund. After seven years of grass-roots efforts and successful fundraising to help families primarily at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Columbia, the founders launched Family Reach Foundation as a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2003. Monies have been distributed to help hundreds of families fighting cancers to help pay for critical non-medical and medical expenses. Family Reach now serves the needs of families through several prominent hospitals across the country including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.


Impact Statement

The goal of the foundation is to help 10,000 families annually and be in the top 50 pediatric oncology hospitals across the country.

Needs Statement

The focus of our current efforts is to raise funds to help eligible families pay for a variety of significant expenses that mount during the patient’s treatment, including:

•   Everyday home bills that accumulate due to lost wages of parents (e.g., mortgage, utilities, insurance premiums, etc.)

•   Transportation to care centers and lodging for family members

•   Child care

•   Palliative care

Other special patient needs (medical or non-medical)


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
We primarily work with our network of hospitals in across the country, but will occasionally consider grant requests from other geographic areas if the case closely meets our stated mission and funds allow.

Organization Categories

  1. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Cancer
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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)

Under Development

Programs

Family Grants Program

The financial assistance grants provided by Family Reach Foundation through its Family Grants Program meet very specific, tangible needs of families and alleviate financial stressors at a time when families are finding it difficult just to cope with the physical, emotional and logistical challenges of cancer, let alone the financial challenges. Examples of expenses covered by family direct assistance grants are rent and mortgage, utilities, auto expenses, child care, uncovered medical and non-medical treatment-related expenses.

The Foundation's relationships of mutual commitment with its partner hospital social workers allow Family Reach to deliver financial assistance quickly, efficiently and effectively to those families most in need. Through its collaboration with partner hospital social workers, Family Reach is able to maintain a small infrastructure and this allows a greater percentage of its funds to be dedicated to direct financial assistance.

 


Budget  80%
Category  Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer
Program Short-Term Success 
Families fighting cancer will experience immediate financial relief as direct assistance grants from Family Reach will help pay for their everyday living expenses and treatment related non-medical and uncovered medical expenses. Rent and mortgages will be paid.  Utility shut-offs will be prevented. Families will not have to worry about paying for hospital parking and gasoline to drive back and forth from home to treatment. 
Program Long-Term Success 

The number of families coping with the financial challenges of cancer who are assisted by direct financial assistance grants from Family Reach has been increasing and will continue to increase and these families will experience real, tangible financial relief. This is in turn will promote stability and continued access to treatment as well as give these families hope.







Program Success Monitored By 
In order to capture the impact that direct financial assistance grants have on families fighting cancer who are served by Family Reach, the Foundation tracks # of grants given, # of families served, and average grant sizes. Continuous positive communications from partner hospital social workers and thank you’s from social workers and families about what the financial assistance grants mean to the families are also means with which success is measured.
 
 
 
 


Examples of Program Success 
“Saralyn” Age 16
Sixteen year old “Saralyn” has a condition which makes her vulnerable to cancer. Between 1997 and 2011, she has been diagnosed with and treated for five different forms of cancer, her most recent diagnosis being thyroid cancer. Her social worker said of her, “For all that Saralyn has been through, she is a wonderful young lady with a great attitude.” Saralyn’s
mom must miss work whenever Saralyn must go to the hospital for an admission or clinic appointment. As a result, she has fallen behind on her rent and financial assistance was requested.
 
Family Reach provided a $1,000 grant for rent. 
 
Thank You's
"Thank you so much, that is a huge gift of peace of mind for this family battling cancer." (from a social worker)
 
"Your help came in the deepest time of hardship! And you have helped relieve a chunk of burden and stress by your generosity in paying for our rent.Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" (from a mother of a  child with cancer)
  
 



Gift Card Program

In addition to direct financial assistance grants, Family Reach provides about $18,000 in gift cards from various establishments such as gas stations, grocery stores, discounted retailers, and pharmacies to its partner hospital social workers who distribute them to families coping with the financial challenges of cancer and its treatment. Gift cards in larger increments of $250 are provided to hospital social workers to distribute to families who are in need of additional support or who are less in need of a financial assistance grant but who could benefit from some financial relief.

Additionally, Family Reach runs its Giving Tree Program each year to involve schools and other organizations in collecting and donating gift cards to Family Reach. The gift cards are then distributed to partner hospital social workers who provide them to families in need.

Budget  10%
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer
Program Short-Term Success 

The gift card program meets real tangible needs of families who are coping with the financial challenges of cancer. The gift cards pay for groceries, gas needed to travel back and forth to treatment, meals while at the hospital with a child who has cancer, basic household necessities, etc.

Program Long-Term Success 

Families who have a child or young adult with cancer have to cope with non-medical treatment related expenses which include gasoline costs of traveling back and forth to treatment centers and meals while at the treatment centers. At the same time, families must continue to be faced with normal everyday living expenses which include food and basic household necessities. Gift cards provide assistance with both non-medical treatment related and everyday living expenses, provide support to families now and will continue to more and more families in the future.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is measured by thank you's from social workers and descriptions of family situations and needs for the families who receive the cards. For the larger gift cards with increments of $250, social workers are required to send a summary for each family receiving a gift card(s).

Examples of Program Success 

“The gift cards were a HIT and were really appreciated by the families who were extremely happy with the gas, supermarket and fast food cards. There are so many families who have arrived without money, not even food money so gift cards are a helpful intervention. Please continue to send us gift cards. They are greatly appreciated by all of the families“Well I'm happy to report that we raised over $1000 in gift cards for you to distribute!” (middle school teacher)


Hands of Hope

Family Reach Foundation's Hands of Hope program was created to address the needs of families who are in need of additional financial support due to especially difficult financial circumstances resulting from the cancer storm. These families are awarded additional direct financial assistance grants to provide relief, promote family stability and ensure a child's continued access to treatment.

Budget  20%
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer
Program Short-Term Success    
Program Long-Term Success    
Program Success Monitored By    
Examples of Program Success    

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Carla M Tardif
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Ms. Tardif, a resident of Winchester, MA, joined Family Reach in 2008 as a development consultant and has been a major factor in the organization’s growth and expansion of its mission.  In 2007, the year before Ms. Tardif became a key resource for Family Reach, the foundation generated about $250,000 in gross revenue to help nearly 100 families through relationships with five partner hospitals on the East Coast. In 2014, the organization raised $3 Million in gross revenue to help over 1600 families through relationships with major hospitals across the country. 
 
Prior to joining Family Reach in 2008, Ms. Tardif was the Founder and President of nonprofit consultancy CMT Entertainment and brought nearly two decades of event planning and fundraising experience to the organization. Carla’s dedication to the Family Reach mission stems from a personal promise she made to her Syracuse University classmate and friend, former NFL player Pat Kelly, before he passed away from cancer in 2003. Through the NFL, Pat frequently visited pediatric wards at hospitals across the country, and saw first-hand the devastating impact that seemingly small expenses, such as cab fare and groceries, had on the families of the patients. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1987, Carla spent six years with The Muscular Dystrophy Association in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, where she was responsible for planning special events, telethons, auctions, and galas.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Corey Fick Operations Director --
Dianne Lynch Development Manager --
Carla Tardif Director of Development --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Health Services Award GlaxoSmithKline 2009
Selected Charity NJASC 2009

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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As a rapidly growing organization, we recognize the need for a comprehensive program of policy documentation and adherence and are currently developing those policies.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff 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): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
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 --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Richard J. Morello
Board Chair Company Affiliation Plasma Surgical, Inc.
Board Chair Term Sept 2003 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Andrea Colangelo No Voting
Donna Cunningham ADP Voting
Lucille Ditta Wien Securities Voting
Richard J. Morello Plasma Surgical, Inc. Voting
Wendy Spivak Castle Group Voting
Chris Wiatrak Genentech Voting
Jennifer Winterhalter Amneal Pharmaceuticals 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: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
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, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $3,000,000.00
Projected Expense $2,740,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 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 $1,563,170 $1,160,629 $859,537
Total Expenses $1,644,908 $1,036,563 $735,672

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $283,921 $156,768
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,053,663 $542,497 $313,732
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $108 $191 $264
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $418,770 $315,690 $359,193
Revenue In-Kind $90,629 $18,330 $29,580
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,304,047 $776,759 $526,232
Administration Expense $167,502 $110,472 $70,364
Fundraising Expense $173,359 $149,332 $139,076
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 1.12 1.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 75% 72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 13% 17%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $418,795 $491,859 $383,806
Current Assets $411,363 $488,684 $382,713
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $25,691 $17,017 $33,030
Total Net Assets $393,104 $474,842 $350,776

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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 --
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 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 16.01 28.72 11.59

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Form

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials. Please note, the breakout of functional expenses for fiscal year 2011 is per page 11 of the organization's fiscal year 2012 Audit.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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