Get In Touch Foundation
PO Box 2144
Milford CT 06460
Contact Information
Address PO Box 2144
Milford, CT 06460-
Telephone (203) 283-5127 x
Fax 203-283-5127
E-mail info@getintouchfoundation.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The MISSION of The Get In Touch Foundation is to provide breast health initiatives that educate gals and guys of all ages how to Get In Touch with their bodies, information and each other in our crusade against breast cancer.
Our VISION is to become the leading global organization providing initiatives promoting self-health education and advocacy for the purpose of early cancer detection; to change the face of breast cancer as we know it.
 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2008
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mary Ann Wasil
Board Chair Lucia Aschettino
Board Chair Company Affiliation No work affiliations
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $290,000.00
Statements
Mission
The MISSION of The Get In Touch Foundation is to provide breast health initiatives that educate gals and guys of all ages how to Get In Touch with their bodies, information and each other in our crusade against breast cancer.
Our VISION is to become the leading global organization providing initiatives promoting self-health education and advocacy for the purpose of early cancer detection; to change the face of breast cancer as we know it.
 
Background
The Get In Touch Foundation's central program is  the Get In Touch Girls' Program - a breast health initiative to educate girls in grades 5-12 on the importance of, and how to do a breast self- exam for life.  Our tool in this program is the Daisy Wheel - an interactive movable disk guiding girls through the various steps or "petals" of a breast self exam using language appropriate and interesting to their age group.
 
The program is easy to administer in a school setting.  Before GIT, no program existed in the school health curriculum explaining the importance of monthly breast exams to our young women.  School nurses typically administer the program in a classroom or group setting with girls and even boys to reduce the stigma of breasts and breast cancer.  It can be as simple as giving out the Daisy Wheel or viewing the video and having group discussions regarding the topic.
 
The Daisy Wheels are available free of charge.  The initiative is typically funded through school participation in a "GIT Your Pink On" Day to raise awareness and funding for yearly programs.  Our ongoing regional special events support the program in underserved communities where funding is an obstacle.
 
When this program was launched in 2009 and our Daisy Wheel tool was released, our founder, Mary Ann Wasil, spoke before the national association of school nurses (NASN).  Within 24 hours of the program launch the GIT Foundation had orders for our Daisy Wheel from 23 states, a true testament of the need that we had touched upon for our young women.
 
Impact
Goals from 2013:
  1. The Daisy Wheel smart phone app has been downloaded in 79 countries.
  2. The Daisy Wheel program is in all 50 states and 23 countries.
  3. Our Youth Ambassador program kicked off to give girls access to information about breast health with our 12 (inter)national ambassadors.
Goals for 2014:
  1. Develop  outcome measurement tools for our daisy wheel program both nationally and globally.
  2. Double number of national youth ambassadors.
  3. Increase distribution of daisy wheels to underserved communities.
  4. Begin strategic planning for national conference for daughters and mothers on women's health.
  5. Deliver 1,000,000 daisy wheels by 2015 - on goal for this.
 
Needs
  1. Need to develop annual giving program with participation of Board of Directors.
  2. Need longitudinal data and statistics on program reach.
  3. Need $100,000 cash reserve fund.
  4. Need to develop Board of Governors for support in our global reach.
  5. Staffing needs: part-time bookkeeper
 
 
Board Chair Statement
At The Get In Touch Foundation, every day is an opportunity to make a healthy impact in the lives of young women.  Through our educational programs such as the Get In Touch Girls Program and Daisy Wheel, we teach girls the importance of and how to do a breast self-exam.  The impact of this opportunity and the lives it affects gives me and my fellow board members the passion to change the face of breast cancer as we know it.  Together it is our endeavor to become the leading organization providing initiatives promoting self-health education for the purpose of early cancer detection.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Single Organization Support
Tertiary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
International
Programs
Description
The breast self-exam, a critical component in women's health care to detect breast cancer, is not a part of the school health curriculum for young girls.  Seeking to close this void, the Daisy Wheel was designed as a  user friendly, stigma free tool to use in a program which teaches  young girls in a school setting.    Given the ever increasing rates of breast cancer in the US and among younger and younger women, the need for an educational program to help girls understand and "get in touch" with their breasts for early detection is a necessity.  
The Daisy Wheel guides girls  through the various steps or "petals" of a breast self-exam using language appropriate and interesting to their  age group and helps remove the stigma and clinical feel from the practice.   The program supports breast self-exam (BSE) as a life-time practice.   
Population Served Females / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
By year 2015 we are on track to reach 1,000,000 young women.  To reach this goal we need to provide follow-up to all the schools who have received our program and  will continue it on a yearly basis and also reach new schools and communities.  We will be able to share statistics of girls from  diverse communities around the country and globally who have received our program.  We  continue to upgrade our evaluation materials to the school nurses and health educators who provide this program to keep it up-to-date and relevant.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Our vision is to be the leading global organization providing initiatives promoting self-health education and advocacy for the purpose of early cancer detection. We believe these initiatives  will change the face of breast cancer as we know it.  With our goal to reach  1,000,000 women by  2015 well in our reach, we know we need to continue to reach those girls in underserved communities and populations who may never have access to this information.   We will be able to track much of this information through school nurses and international school nurse associations but also with the downloads of our smart phone apps throughout the world.  We hope to have longitudinal data we collect now and in the future to indicate the depth of our program.   In addition, we hope we will empower women to take greater responsibility for all their health choices. 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Our evaluation survey is sent to every school nurse and/or health educator who delivers our program.  This information is then reviewed by our Board's program committee for depth of program and to discover how diverse communities utilized the Daisy Wheel program.  Currently we are reviewing a time efficient mechanism to receive feedback from each student participating in the program and determine ways to obtain information for a longitudinal study.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
I am proud of the important strides in breast health education that The Get In Touch Foundation has made in just four years since launching our Get In Touch Girls' Program and Daisy Wheels into the world; nearly half a million Daisy Wheels have rolled into the hands of girls in grades 5-12 in all 50 states and 23 countries, and our free Daisy Wheel app has been downloaded in 82 countries.
 
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, my daughters were turning 12 and 13 years old and I knew breast health needed to be a priority in their lives.  I was stunned to learn that no formal or comprehensive program existed to teach girls of any age the importance of and how to do a breast self-exam.
 
After personally witnessing and being treated alongside many women with breast cancer who refused to do a breast self-exam on their healthy breast or breast during or after treatment, it occurred to me that the medical community might be waiting too long to discuss breast health and breast self-exam.
 
An irrational fear of breast self exam prevents many women from performing that very simple life saving exercise.  Others just never incorporated this healthy habit into their lives for no other reason than it had never been pointed out to them as important.
 
Always more challenging to change the habits of an adult, I reframed the question I had been asking myself: how do we get adult women to understand the lifesaving value of breast self exam and make it a habit in their own lives?
 
The answer was and still is education.  But the students need to be school-aged girls, not adult women.
 
When we teach a girl the importance of and how to do a breast self exam, our goal is that she will one day become a woman who understands all she needs to do to be breast healthy.
 
We tell girls that no one knows their body better than they do.  Since our bodies change throughout our lives, it is critical to know what your normal, healthy breast tissue feels like - all through our lives so that if they ever discover something that is not normal for them, they become their own best advocate and seek the medical attention they need.
 
Our Get In Touch Girls' Program and Daisy Wheels save lives.
 
Being able to provide Daisy Wheels to schools at no cost is essential to our mission and our values, as we believe this lifesaving information should be available to all girls, especially those in underserved communities, who might not otherwise ever receive information regarding breast health education.
CEO/Executive Director
Mary Ann Wasil
Term Start Sept 2009
Email maryann@getintouchfoundation.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 3
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 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
National Association of School Nurses, International Association of School Nurses, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club
Board Chair
Lucia Aschettino
Company Affiliation No work affiliations
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Francis Duffin
Jamie Ledezma
Celeste Lohrenz Milford Bank
Jorge Santiago Milford Bank
Eileen Scully Forrester Research
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Marketing
Finance
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Christine Brown Esq.Donohue & Brown, LLC
Joan Cagginello RN, BSN, MS
Tia Campbell RN, MSN, NCSNState of VA, Health Dept.
Nancy Cappello PhD
Miyoung Cho RN, BSN
Christopher Conley CPA
Kristi Funk MD
Kelly Harkins MDAdvanced Radiology Consultants
Nicole Larizza MSNourish Our Girls
Karen Laugel MD, FAAPPedicare
Diana Lopusny MDPreferred Pediatrics
Carol Mack Sisters of St. Joseph, Boston
A. Dennis McBride MD, MPH
Kerry Robinson National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
Anna Rubino Bic Corporation
Andrea Silber MDYale Medical Group
Barbara Ward MDBendheim Cancer Center
Theresa Younger
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $290,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
IRS Letter of Exemption
501 C3
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$80,457$91,574$38,056
Administration Expense$85,568$81,012$55,711
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.810.701.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses48%53%41%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$36,536$70,810$118,036
Current Assets$6,558$51,997$116,551
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,719$4,961--
Total Net Assets$34,817$65,849$118,036
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Milford $6,500 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.8210.48--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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