MY HOPE CHEST

Making Women Whole Again

aka MHC   |   Seminole, FL   |  www.myhopechest.org

Mission

The purpose of My Hope Chest is to help restore self-esteem, dignity and confidence to breast cancer survivors by facilitating and funding, as needed, reconstructive surgery for those who do not have adequate financial means to afford such surgery and to educate survivors on their breast reconstruction options. In 2016, due to many referrals, we amended our granting criteria to include assisting with limited medical and non-medical bills for women in active treatment.

Notes from the nonprofit

My Hope Chest has been a grassroots charity for all of our 15 years- our program is the most complex in breast cancer. The bulk of our progress truly began when the organization relocated to Florida in 2010 and the charity began again in Tampa Bay at year 7. Prior to this, the Founder was still in the aftermath of her own cancer diagnosis. We are very proud of the Founder's perseverance for My Hope Chest and work we do in our community and in our country for breast cancer survivors. Our program of breast reconstruction and or, medical bill pay assistance truly change the lives of our survivors and their entire families, who are also impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Our only wish is for larger recognition of our work (a PR Firm's help) to expose the awareness of the problem and help raise major funds to help MHC grow and eliminate our wait list! There is no price or measure for the "butterflies" we create and the women we make whole again in body, mind and spirit each year.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder, CEO

Ms. Alisa Savoretti

Main address

PO Box 3081

Seminole, FL 33775 USA

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EIN

20-0299888

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Creating Butterflies ~ Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Our "Creating Butterflies ~ Surgery Program" provides free breast reconstruction surgery to qualifying applicants. My Hope Chest is the most complicated and unique breast cancer in America. There are 226,000 survivors each year, how many of these women cannot afford reconstruction or their large deductibles if they are insured?


A breast reconstruction is a series of 3 surgeries and typically takes up to ONE year to complete.

MHC partners plastic surgeons with breast cancer survivors who desire breast reconstruction but are unable to afford either co-pays or the entire surgery. We assess/vet the financial criteria of our applicants and our plastic surgeon partners have the final say on the medical eligibility of each candidate.

This program involves 3 entities, a plastic surgeon, their anesthesia partner and the facility. In order to help one woman, we must negotiate these services with all 3 participants at a medicaid rate or pro-bono when possible.

The referrals to MHC come primarily from The American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen organizations that do not provide funds or programs to help these survivors.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups

We have developed a pamphlet to provide information for newly diagnosed mastectomy or lumpectomy survivors to educate them on their breast reconstruction options.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

A national fundraising event held in October and directed to businesses, breast centers, medical facilities and all corporations to raise awareness of the problem of "breast-less" women in America and funds through events at their businesses, etc. for breast reconstruction surgery.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Unemployed people

There are approximately 226,000 breast cancer survivors each year, thankfully. That said, what is unknown, is how many of these people are stuck with finishing the "final step of breast cancer treatment" because they lack insurance, co-pays or funding?

The Breast Reconstruction Survey was launched in 29 (for a 2nd time) to discern the real problem in America and gather more data.

We are partnering with other breast cancer organizations like Living Beyond Breast Cancer in PA, and the Young Survival Coalition in NY to help spread the word. We continue to seek new alliances to discern this data. University of South Florida research is aiding in the data analytics.

The Survey can be found Online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHCBreastReconSurveySM?fbclid=IwAR0MgfI-tS4c2BguYK4vH8S2HMNzZ5SidTaMYOCQTVEnfpah7gR5Ba5EvfE

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Spirit of Humanity Award 2016

DeBartolo Family Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

National Coalition of Breast Centers 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people unable to obtain or delaying needed medical care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Creating Butterflies ~ Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

My Hope Chest has a wait list of women natioanlly that are in need of financial aid for breast reconstruction surgery, insurance co-pays for surgery or, funds to pay bills while in treatment.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal is for My Hope Chest to continue to restore, transform and complete the lives of breast cancer survivors living disfigured after the disease and, eliminate our wait list and keep up with the growing need, until there is a cure for breast cancer.

As we are still amidst the pandemic's wrath, My Hope Chest like most charities has had to refocus our efforts in all directions- staffing, office, fundraising and focus our efforts on what is most important.

With many changes in the lives of our board members these past 2 years, we are restructuring. This year we are focused on first, growing our human resources with passionate leaders to build up our local and national Advisory boards to prepare for a better 2022 and beyond. \

My Hope Chest remains steadfast to our mission, committed to helping as many women as we are able with the funds that do come in, albeit, no fundraisers since 2019. We hope to win more grant dollars and create foundation relationships a well as corporate partnerships in the area of cause marketing- still very viable if not more than ever for charities and corporate America. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on how you can help be a part of the solution for breast cancer survivors seeking their "final step of breast cancer treatment."

We have build 11 years of a respected charity and brand in Tampa Bay. We currently have a small but dedicated board at this time and are being strategic in growing relationships for people who will be truly passionate about My Hope Chest and be moved and connect to ACT to help fund-raise and build relationships. It just takes one YES to change course... as we move along, we are focused on success. We have two events in the fall- City in Pink- the charity during October turning Tampa Bay Pink...and, A Date with Santa, photo opportunities in Nov to raise funds. We hope this and a great breast cancer month that typically produces many 3rd party fundraisers, will start to manifest again. These events held by others, help us raise money in our sleep.

We have accomplished 19 years of service to American women, who sacrificed their breast to save their lives. We help women all over America by paying for the series of 3 surgeries composing a full breast reconstruction surgery- Co-pays of up to $7-8000 to their insurance and now, bill pay assistance for women in active treatment.

My Hope Chest has been recognized and honored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lighting Foundation, DeBartolo Family Foundation, Gonzmart Family Foundation to name a few. We've been featured every year on every major TV news network and morning show, ABC, CBS, FOX and others for the good we are doing in the community and beyond it. My Hope Chest has been featured in "O" Oprah Magazine, PEOPLE, Reader's Digest and Fitness to name a few... everyone that hears of our mission is surprised that no one else has addressed it and then, one more voice to spread our awareness.

Financials

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MY HOPE CHEST

Board of directors
as of 6/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alisa Savoretti

My Hope Chest

Term: 2003 -


Board co-chair

Monica Varner

Big City Events

Term: 2011 -

Alisa Savoretti

My Hope Chest

Susan Jacobs

Founder / Wheels of Success

Donna Holck

Commissioner Largo

Monica Varner

Big City Events

Dr. Shawn Robinson, Esq.

Attorney, Author, Consultant, Educator

Dr. Dallas Buchanan

Vivify Plastic Surgery

Dr. Antonio Gayoso

Gayoso Plastic Surgery

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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