· We surveyed our program recipients last summer, and 95% reported that we had the highest level of impact on them.
· We exceeded our fundraising goals, and consistent with our long-term strategic plan, we were able to bring our first employee on board.
· Every interaction we have with a child or family in which we are able to provide even a modicum of relief is our most significant accomplishment. We operate with very little overhead, with an abundance of volunteers, because we are about forming a circle around these families and providing the support they need during the most difficult experience of their life.
But we have one very pressing problem: the only thing standing in the way of us being able to close the cancer support gap and fully meet our families’ needs rests in our ability to continue to engage people like you, which is why we are so grateful for your continued support. You play a critical role in helping us close this gap.
I am fortunate in that I already know what my best day in this job will be – the day when we are able to meet all the needs of families facing a cancer diagnosis in their child. Until that day, we will work to close this gap by being a relentless advocate for our families, because I know what it’s like to watch someone you love battle cancer. I know what it’s like to struggle to care for someone and manage what is already a hectic life. I know that this journey can be really hard, and when it is, that’s when we are most needed. So when I look into the eyes of the children I am so fortunate to meet, I don’t see their disease, I see their dreams. I know we can’t change their path, but if we can bring a little light to that dream, we can truly form a circle of care. To those who might support us, know that we run an effective, efficient organization and your gifts will have a direct impact on children with cancer and their families. A $1 investment in Circle of Care returns $5.56 to the community, but it also transforms lives of children with cancer, right here in our community.
Lifeline Emergency Fund is a financial assistance program aimed at alleviating some of the financial difficulties experienced by families when their children are undergoing treatment for cancer. With 70% of families facing a financial crisis during treatment, Circle of Care ensures that no parent has to choose between caring for a sick child and providing for their family. With other resources exhausted, families seek funds for basic essentials such as food, gas and housing (mortgage, rent and utility payments). Our program is valued, carefully prescribed and ready to scale, but because our funding is limited and we cannot yet meet the full demand in the market, we work closely with the hospitals to assess where the need is greatest. Working through the social worker, families submit a comprehensive application; following its review and acceptance, Circle of Care makes direct payments to creditors and tracks distribution of funds. The current maximum annual allotment is $2,000 per family.
Jeff is a versatile, seasoned executive who brings a wealth of experience to his work with Circle of Care. Prior to joining us, Jeff was the Senior Managing Director of the Advocom Group, a global consultancy based out of Washington, D.C. Jeff worked primarily with start-ups and non-profits, with an emphasis on strategic planning, digital branding (he’s an expert in websites and social media), communications and fundraising. Jeff served as Director of Development at Greens Farms Academy for six years, worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics, and spent time on Capitol Hill and Wall Street, working primarily as a senior aide and campaign manager for U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV. Jeff has a reputation for pushing the envelope creatively, while building consensus internally. From launching start-ups to working on some of the world’s largest brands, Jeff brings a valuable background to COC.
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