The Payton Wright Foundation Inc
P.O. Box 110067
Bradenton FL 34211
The Payton Wright Foundation financially assists families nationwide who have children with brain cancer and supports organizations tied to cancer research/care.
CEO/Executive Director Meg Lokey CFRE
Board Chair Patrick Wright
Board Chair Affiliation CBIZ
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes May 2019
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
1) Our Fuel for Friends gas card program is in place at several children's hospitals both locally and nationally. The gas cards are given to hospital case managers who identify families in need of assistance transporting their children to and from treatment/therapy facilities. 
2)We partner with several destination hospitals such as All Children's Hospital, Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Cincinnati, Children's Hospital of Colorado, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Bostons Children's among other organizations tied to pediatric cancer care in an effort to increase awareness of pediatric research funding, as well as, the importance of financially assisting families who are caring for children with brain cancer.
3) Our donations to research/financial assistance have increased from an average of $6,000 per month to $8,500 per month in a relatively short  time frame which illustrates our commitment to serving others dealing with this horrific disease.
4) We have increased our network of children's hospitals nationally.  The Payton Wright Foundation started as a local organization in Lakewood Ranch and has expanded the network in a matter of 3 years to a national level working with hospitals such as Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Cincinnati, Children's Hospital of Colorado, Boston's Children's, Duke Children's Hospital and Sick Kids of Toronto.
5) Our marketing literature and collateral was recently redeveloped and rebranded and is being used to target new prospects and grow our resources.
6) Our foundation was instrumental in developing the pediatric unit at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center featuring "Payton's Playroom," an area for pediatric patients to play and take their minds off of their illnesses. We donated toys, books, art supplies, an iPad for the Child Life Specialist as well as Wii gaming systems for every patient room on the unit.
7.   Developed the Payton's Angels program. This program identifies and sends children who are fighting brain cancer a customized "gift box" full of items plus gas/grocery gift certificates for their parents.
Goals for 2018:
1) We would like to combine the Fuel for Friends gas card program to include all types of transportation (ex: Flights for Friends). With increased funding, we this is a very attainable goal.  
2) We hope to grow our ability to financially assist families caring for children with brain cancer. Due to national exposure via television, radio and events which have taken place in other states, we are seeing a substantial increase in the number of requests for assistance. We will continue to adhere to the following intake protocol: AFTER assessing a family's need and verifying with their doctor that the child is actively undergoing treatment, the foundation pays the family's living expenses such as rent/mortgage, utility bills, etc. directly to the debtor in which the money is owed. 
3.) To double our impact to be able to provide critical needs to twice as many families at the worst time of their lives. 
Needs Statement
1) $50 Buy a Gas Card - Gas cards are the #1 request from hospital's. They assist families in transporting their child to and from treatments, which can be several times a week or more.
2) $250 Pay a Bill for a Family in  Need - A parent either takes a leave from work, takes time off of work or is let go from their job due to all of the time needed to spend with their child through treatments. They face financial hardship due to the decrease in income and increase in medical costs.
3) $500 Fund a flight - There are a small number of Pediatric Neuro Oncologists in the United States. Families may need to travel to specific hospitals around the country for treatment.
4) $1000 Pay a Mortgage or Rent Bill - Often times, parents are unable to continue working due to the level of care their child requires. 
5)  Continue to create awareness locally and nationally to help more families caring for children with brain cancer.
Background Statement
In early 2006, Payton Wright began complaining of a pain in her knee. Thinking at first that it was nothing more than growing pains her parents, Holly and Patrick, took her to the doctor where they were told that the pain would probably go away on its own. After a few weeks with no improvement, Dr. Bob Morelli, the ER doctor at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL ordered an MRI. On May 17, 2006, just weeks after her 4th birthday, Payton was diagnosed with cancer when the MRI revealed a tumor on her spine and pelvis. Always worried about everyone else, as she was wheeled into her first surgery Payton looked at her worried father and said "Don't worry Dad. It's gonna be a good day." Payton fought her entire battle with the attitude that everyday was going to be a good one.

Doctors determined that Payton had Medulloepithelioma, a very rare form of brain cancer, and one for which there was no treatment protocol and very little hope for recovery. First at Johns Hopkins All Children's and later at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, doctors pieced together Payton's treatment, which included intense rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. In August of 2006, Payton was paralyzed from the waist down due to the tumor's compression of her spine. She received as much radiation as a human body can tolerate, but the tumor continued to grow. Payton continued to fight, and she was able to graduate with her pre-school class in May of 2007. However, the cancer continued to spread, and on May 29, 2007, Payton Wright passed away at the age of 5.

The financial strain on the Wright family, driving Payton to treatment, hospital bills, time missed from work, etc. was enormous. After losing their beloved daughter, they also lost their home that they lived in, but at least they were able to afford Payton's treatments to give her a fighting chance. They created this foundation to help families so that their main focus can be on their child. Patrick and Holly Wright saw how courageously their daughter fought and they promised her that they would never stop fighting. The Payton Wright Foundation was created both in Payton's memory and with her fighting spirit, so that children with brain cancer will know that "it's gonna be a good day!"
Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments
Sarasota,Manatee, St Petersburg, Orlando, Gainesville, Pittsburgh, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Atlanta, Boston, Maine, Ohio, Colorado and anywhere a family is in need.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
My husband and I started The Payton Wright Foundation after our 5 year old daughter, Payton, passed away from brain cancer.  When you are told your child has cancer...all you think about is saving your child's life.  Nothing else matters, but to help your child.  We were very fortunate to have an adequate savings and a community to help us keep our "heads above water" financially.  I took a leave from work while my husband tried to continue to work as best he could.  However, when you are told your child is terminal...there should not be a choice of caring for your child or going to work. We started Payton's foundation to give back to others just like many had helped us during our time of need.  We understand the financial impact cancer has on a family.  Health insurance only pays a certain amount...and it does not help with day to day living expenses. Providing financial relief to families caring for children with brain cancer enables them to concentrate solely on their child...and is priceless.   
Funding for pediatric cancer research is very limited ....funding for pediatric brain cancer even more so.  Pediatric brain cancer is the leading cause of death in the cancer arena.  My 5 year old daughter along with all of the children who have fought and who are now fighting cancer deserve to be heard, they deserve to be helped and they deserve to have a voice.  Children can not raise funding, they shouldn't have to. They should be outside playing, enjoying their childhood. It is up to adults to help these children who didn't choose to have cancer and are left fighting for their lives. I am incredibly proud that The Payton Wright Foundation represents these children and will continue to do whatever is needed to help fight this battle for them.  
Our Fuel for Friends gas card program is intended to help families of children diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer enabling them to travel to and from appointments. Sometimes these appointments can be daily and/or weekly and can be 80-100 miles each trip.  This can be quite costly for those families.  The Payton Wright Foundation verifies the diagnosis of treatment with the hospital/Neuro-oncologist before financially assisting a family.  Once confirmed, gas cards are given to them to help with travel expenses. Additionally, The Payton Wright Foundation sends gas cards to children's hospitals for the nurses to identify and distribute gas cards to families of children undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer. 
Budget $30,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
The Fuel for Friends gas card program meets an immediate need for families of children undergoing treatment.  Without this program, the families may not be able to afford getting to and from appointments and life saving treatments.  This removes this obstacle for them.
Long Term Success
The Fuel for Friends gas card program has been identified as a core program for The Payton Wright Foundation.  We hope to expand this program as funds increase to include assistance with airfare and launch a new grocery card program.
Program Success Monitoring
During quarterly meetings, The Payton Wright Foundation Board assesses the Fuel for Friends program's success identifying the number of families assisted and comparing the quarter to the previous quarter. 
Program Success Examples
Each gas card is $50.  Approximately 50 cards are given away each month with the hopes of increasing that number significantly.
Much like the gas card program, a child has to be a confirmed patient undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer.  Once the confirmation comes to the foundation from a hospital or Neuro-oncologist, the family qualifies for financial assistance from The Payton Wright Foundation.  They are able to send the foundation a bill and it will be paid directly to the company for payment on behalf of the family.  Sometimes the payment is for a mortgage payment the family is unable to make, other bills include utilities or phone bills.
Budget $72,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Families can be helped immediately upon certifying the treatment.  As soon as a family is referred to the foundation, they can start recieving financial help.
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal would be for the foundation to never turn down a family for financial help, undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer.  Currently, we are helping as many as we can but know that many more can be helped financially. 
Program Success Monitoring
The board assesses quarterly how much money the foundation has given out.
Program Success Examples
On average, The Payton Wright Foundation gives over $6000 per month in financial assistance to those families undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer.  The foundation from 2010 to 2011 grew total revenue by 66%.  Expenses for the foundation (what the foundation gave away year over year) increased a whopping 128%.  In an economy where giving has been flat as a nation, The Payton Wright Foundation continues to grow awareness and give back to the community.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Meg Lokey CFRE
CEO Term Start Sept 2018
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Holly Wright Sept 2008 - Dec 2017
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 35
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
In 2012, The Payton Wright Foundation partnered with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and a local foundation in Sarasota, Florida to raise awareness/funds for both pediatric cancer research and to financially assist families caring for children with brain cancer. The Payton Wright Foundation worked with Lakewood Ranch Medical Center to assist in the planning of the new pediatric unit.  Lakewood Ranch Medical Center named their new playroom after Payton. The Payton Wright Foundation provided the toys/art supplies to the playroom/pediatric patient rooms.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Women's RockPrudential2012
Foundation Dinner RecognitionArnold Palmer's Hospital2012
Advocate for OthersA2A Alliance2015
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
"Being on the front lines of our family's struggle I am so proud of Patrick and Holly's commitment to help others.  To honor the promise they made to their daughter and my niece, Payton to help the children and families that will go through the same ordeal.  The Wrights have inspired me every day throughout this tragedy and I hope they will inspire you!"  ~Brian Porter
"Their foundation gives much needed funds to families who have children with CNS malignancies for such things as gasoline, electric bills, rent, copayments etc. It is a foundation in which I strongly believe. It has helped many of my current patients in our hospice program as well as children in multiple states. It is my honor to be associated with such a worthwhile and compassionate organization." ~Dr. Morelli 

"Holly & Patrick have turned their personal grief into a passion to help other families whose children are fighting cancer.  Their foundation provides awareness and much needed funds directly to the families fighting pediatric brain cancer. The Payton Wright Foundation is built on compassion and I am proud to be a part of this incredibly worthwhile cause!"  ~Laura Roberts

Board Chair
Board Chair Patrick Wright
Company Affiliation CBIZ
Board Term Sept 2008 to Jan 2025
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Michael Allen SunCoast Metals
Steven Cavanaugh ReMax Tropical Sands
Jack Collins Sarasota Kennel Club
Cole Collins RE/MAX Tropical Sand
Eric Fleming The Fleming Law Group
Ms. Jordan Fleming Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
Dave Mann Atlas Solutions
Keith Martin Badger Bobs Services
Keith Mercier Vice President, Division Manager of Bouchard Insurance
Dr. Robert Morelli Medical Director of Pediatrics at Suncoast Hospice
Brian Porter Bouchard Insurance
Kym Porter Benefits Consultant, TriNet
Holly Wright The Payton Wright Foundation
Patrick Wright Bouchard Insurance
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 11
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization Twelve children are diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor each day in the U.S. Of the children diagnosed with a brain tumor, 72% of the children are younger than 15.  In the cancer arena, pediatric brain cancer is the leading cause of death in children, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  There are very few programs geared toward financially assisting parents caring for children with brain cancer Two thirds of parents who have children fighting cancer are forced into debt due to the high cost of caring for them.  These are the challenges that The Payton Wright Foundation addresses on a daily basis.  There are many, many families in need of assistance but funding is limited.  The Payton Wright Foundation offers assistance to families right here at home as well as those located elsewhere in the U.S. Increasing national exposure for The Payton Wright Foundation has resulted in an increase in the number of families requesting assistance as well as the number of research institutions requesting grants. The Payton Wright Foundation is working to increase national exposure through marketing campaigns and social media outlets.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $275,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$192,721$179,246$186,453
Administration Expense$35,639$15,629$17,518
Fundraising Expense$17,224$31,215$24,307
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.990.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%79%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%14%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$94,923$68,183$65,142
Current Assets$94,923$68,183$64,642
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,023$6,292$2,005
Total Net Assets$91,900$61,891$63,137
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $192,069Fundraising $158,962Fundraising $124,023
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $83,503Contributions, gifts, grants $65,859Contributions, gifts, grants $87,143
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $21Investment Income $23Miscellaneous $1,073
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.4010.8432.24
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Please note, the Total Expenses Amount in the above Historical Financial Review is inclusive of all funding that The Payton Wright Foundation provides to families through the Fuel for Friends transportation program, financial assistance with living expenses and funeral costs, the Payton's Angels program, fundraising expenses as well as operational costs. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Forms 990/990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The Payton Wright Foundation Inc
Address P.O. Box 110067
Bradenton, FL
Phone 941 893-7007