CANCER FOR COLLEGE

Destined to Make a Difference

aka CFC   |   Temecula, CA   |  www.cancerforcollege.org

Mission

Cancer for College provides need-based college scholarships and educational experiences to cancer survivors.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mr. Owen Craig Pollard

Executive Director

Mr. Greg Flores

Main address

28465 Old Town Front Street Suite 224

Temecula, CA 92590 USA

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EIN

93-1144756

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Cancer for College stages multiple fundraising events in order to provide financial aid to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Students
People with diseases and illnesses

Educational Opportunities and experiences for cancer survivors.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Awards

Charity of the Year 2010

San Diego North Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average grant amount

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

Students, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cancer for College provides approximately 100 scholarships each valued at $500K. We continue to analyze giving to determine the best most efficient use of scholarship awards.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Students, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total dollar amount of scholarships awarded per year is set by performance of the organization's endowment fund. Major fluctuations up/down will be reviewed by the board to determine giving levels

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Students, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of scholars who graduate from four year colleges and university within six years

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

Students, Extremely poor people, Working poor, Low-income people

Related Program

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of Cancer for College graduates.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Cancer for College is a small charity that provides need-based college scholarships and educational experiences to cancer survivors. Since inception in 1993, the charity has awarded over 1500 scholarships totaling more than $4M. In the last three years, Cancer for College has awarded $500K in scholarships per year to the cancer community. In addition, we have staged multiple educational events aimed to enhance their college experience. During 2020, the pandemic forced us to move our educational programming online with groups of scholars engaging on a monthly basis with business leaders to learn important skills that will help them in school and as they transition into the working world. In addition, these groups allow the scholars to connect with other young people who have endured similar hardships and had comparable experiences with cancer.

It is the goal and mission of Cancer for College to help ease the costs associated with college education and cancer related medical debt by offering educational scholarships. In addition, providing valuable resources and networks will allow these survivors thrive through college and beyond.

Cancer for College is an organization that is very event driven when it comes to fundraising. We are fortunate to have a celebrity advocate in Will Ferrell that allows us to use his talent and image to help us work toward our financial goals. In addition, we have been developing educational programming in support of our scholarship fund making our organization more attractive to donors and grant organizations as well.

We are a very small organization with only three full-time employees and only one dedicated strictly to the needs of the scholars. We work collaboratively with our active board and volunteer committees to help meet the needs of the scholars. We are working toward adding more support to scholars while also listening to their desires for the types of content and support they need to live their best life.

Cancer for College will meet its endowment goal of $10M in 2021. This will allow the charity to award $500K in scholarships each year. The board has also chosen to pursue an additional $10M goal so that we can research the best and most efficient use of scholarship funds while also providing valuable educational opportunities to scholars. The charity is also exploring other means of support to the cancer community including providing debt relief from educational expenses and also medical expenses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Cancer for College serves the cancer community by providing need-based college scholarships and educational experiences to cancer survivors. The charity regularly collects feedback from its community in order to best meet the needs of the group. Scholarship families are selected from a pool of applicants that must meet the guidelines of being a survivor of cancer and having a household income of less than $150K. The average Cancer for College recipient family has a household income of less than $48K (2020 application survey).

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are currently reviewing scholarship gift levels and looking to see if there is a more equitable and efficient way to provide scholarships. In addition, we regularly ask our community for insight into the types of programming that they would find most beneficial. Finally, we are looking at alternate ways to support the cancer community and communicating with our group to see what types of support would help the most.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Communication has not changed or shifted power within the organization. Instead, it has allowed the staff and board to focus on the areas that are of the most importance to our community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CANCER FOR COLLEGE

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Craig Pollard

Cancer for College

Craig Pollard

Cancer for College

Dan Hughes

Dr. Stephen Forman

City of Hope

Ashley Kline

Andrew McMahon

Larry Simon

Johnese Spisso

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Rob O'Carroll

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Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 05/24/2021

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Leadership

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/24/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.