Cancer Hope Foundation

Enhancing the lives of people affected by cancer.

aka CHF   |   Camarillo, CA   |  www.cancerhopefoundation.org

Mission

CHF's mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by cancer. Our Camp Keepsake program offers a cost-free weekend camp retreat, where children, adolescents, and adults affected by cancer receive support in an energetic and fun atmosphere (backed by the security of having medical attention close by). Camp Keepsake is a wonderful weekend retreat where adult cancer patients/survivors can go with up to five guests (cost free) including their family and close friends to spend time away from the often stressful routine of doctor visits and treatments. Camp offers a variety of fun activities and spa type amenities for people of all ages in a woodsy environment, always mindful of the safety and special needs of our campers. It is a place to laugh, cry and embrace life.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our 990 is professionally prepared for us by an exterior C.P.A. on a graciously donated basis.

Ruling year info

2000

Founder, President, and Camp Director

Dr. Christopher Roos

Main address

568 Constitution Ave. Unit F

Camarillo, CA 93012 USA

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EIN

95-4712764

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research’s 2018 Impact Report, 1,735,350 new cancer diagnoses were estimated in the U.S. in 2018. That amount joins the approximate 15.5 million current survivors. Moreover, there is a 1 in 3 probability of an individual developing invasive cancer at some point within his/her life. The vast majority of cancer cases affect adults; yet a disproportionate amount of cancer camps serve children. Cancer Hope Foundation therefore seeks to enhance the lives of both adults affected by cancer, as well as their families and loved ones (including kids) as we strive fulfill what continues to be a largely unmet need.

Our programs

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Camp Keepsake

Cancer Hope Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by cancer. Our Camp Keepsake program offers a cost-free weekend camp retreat, where children, adolescents, and adults affected by cancer receive support in an energetic and fun atmosphere (backed by the security of having medical attention close by). Camp Keepsake is a wonderful weekend retreat where adult cancer patients/survivors can go with up to five guests (cost free) including their family and close friends to spend time away from the often stressful routine of doctor visits and treatments. Camp offers a variety of fun activities and spa type amenities for people of all ages in a woodsy environment, always mindful of the safety and special needs of our campers. They can network, develop friendships, and learn more about cancer related topics. It is a place to laugh, cry and embrace life. A previous camper touched on the effectiveness of camp when stating that camp was as important as receiving medical treatment such as chemotherapy. We encourage you to see additional testimonials that can be viewed on our website.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Health
Age groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Camp Keepsake Outcome Objectives: The Campers will experience a different atmosphere away from their typical daily stresses. The Campers will be offered a chance to participate in and enjoy a variety of individual and group activities. The Campers will participate in activities designed to promote interaction. The Campers will be offered a chance to learn new skills. The Campers will form new relationships. The Campers will have available information concerning cancer related topics. The Campers will receive appropriate medical attention. The campers will have an opportunity to enjoy spa type amenities and participate in other fun activities.

Cancer Hope Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by cancer primarily through our special Camp Keepsake program. Camp Keepsake is a wonderful, COST FREE weekend retreat where adult cancer patients/survivors can go with up to five guests including their family and close friends to spend time away from the hectic and often stressful routine of doctor visits and treatments. It’s a place where those affected by cancer receive support in an energetic and fun atmosphere. It’s backed by the security of having medical personnel on site. Camp Keepsake offers a variety of fun, camp-related activities along with SPA-type amenities for the adult campers. It’s held in a woodsy camp environment where we are always mindful of the safety and special needs of our campers. Campers can network, develop friendships, and learn more about cancer related topics. It is a place to laugh, cry and embrace life together. A previous camper touched on the impact of camp when stating that attending camp was “as important as receiving medical treatment such as chemotherapy.” Other campers have compared camp to “being on a relaxing cruise but on land.” We encourage you to see additional testimonials that can be viewed on our website.

Cancer Hope Foundation's necessity lies within its charter of targeting adult cancer patients and its inclusion of the caregivers, family and friends. Most cancer camps benefit children dealing with cancer. We understand that if an adult has cancer, it also affects their spouse and children (for instance the parent might be away for treatments, she/he might not be able to tuck children in at night, or pick them up from school, along with many other affects). Similarly, a friend may drive the patient to treatments, to pick up prescriptions, or assist in a multitude of other facets. The Cancer Hope Foundation board of directors is committed to making the Camp Keepsake experience a very positive experience for “everyone" involved. Just imagine the value when the cancer patient and their close family and friends could attend a camp jointly. Overall, the patients themselves along with their family and friends could share the opportunity to connect in a special, memorable manner. They can take pictures, have some fun, celebrate life to the extent possible, enjoy spa type amenities such as a massages, facials, and manicures. Though we hope campers will live for another 100+ years, campers still can take camp time to get personal matters in order, and sadly if needed, they can also say good byes to loved ones they may not be fortunate enough to see on a regular basis. They can develop a network of support from others, including other patients, their families and friends, who may be going through similar experiences and have a need or desire to share their inner most feelings and emotions in a safe and comfortable environment.

Without a doubt, Cancer Hope Foundation's strength lies in our volunteer base, lead by a great volunteer board of directors. Our president, Christopher Roos, possesses his doctorate in organizational leadership. He has directed our camp since its inception 17 years ago. Other board members and volunteers also have significant experience in both the cancer and other related fields. Camp Keepsake has various doctors and nurses, paramedics, and emts who have or continue to volunteer. Each camp session we have various return as well as new volunteers which also assist us with all aspects involved with running our successful camp weekend. For example we often have volunteers for manicures, facials, acupuncture, massages, hair cutting, chiropractic services, and other spa type amenities. Additionally we often have other volunteers for crafts, yoga, hikes, singing, relaxation techniques, and other fun or educational activities. Lastly we often have volunteers for child care, support/sharing groups, and most importantly our counselors/hosts.

Camp Keepsake has developed greatly since running our first annual weekend camp session in 2001 which we had 33 campers in attendance. Our 2006 weekend camp session served 117 campers including 42 adult cancer patients/survivors. 2007 marked our first year for holding two back to back weekend camp sessions in which we served 151 total campers! We also ran two sessions in 2008 and served 155 campers. With the challenges of the economy, our board decided to scale back and run only one camp in 2009 though we again served 117 campers. Our 2010 camp served 125 campers and our 2011-2014 camps were similar in number. Our recent camp sessions have served around 140+ campers each.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cancer Hope Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Christopher Roos

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

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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: 03/19/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.