Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Inc.
5204 Paylor Lane
Sarasota FL 34240-3424

   · Our mission is raise funds to pay essential, non-medical, living expenses of adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida. We believe no one should have to choose between paying rent and paying for chemotherapy. The Foundation allows those fighting their battle with cancer to concentrate on recovery rather than their overdue rent, mortgage, electric, or water bill.

CEO/Executive Director Valerie Vance
Board Chair Bradley Prechtl
Board Chair Affiliation Florida Cancer Specialists
General Info
Former Names
Gulf Coast Oncology Foundation, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $850,000.00
Impact Statement
A cancer diagnosis changes everything. And for many, it can mean the added stress of financial hardship. Many cancer patients find themselves unable to work and as their bills pile up, things can become overwhelming. In 2016, the Foundation helped over 669 cancer patients and provided $889,365 in financial assistance. We hope to help even more patients and their families in 2017.
Needs Statement
1. The primary purpose of the foundation is fundraising to generate money that will be used to pay the essential, non-medical, living expenses of adults undergoing treatment for cancer. We believe no one should ever have to choose between paying their rent and paying for their cancer treatment. We rely on donations and currently the foundation is able to provide up to $1500 in assistance per client per calendar year. The types of bills paid on behalf of clients include rent or mortgage, electricity, water or other utilities, car payment, auto insurance, and telephone bills.

2. The foundation is proud to have more volunteers than paid staff. We are always in need of volunteers to assist with case management, administrative functions, event and fundraising support and non-medical patient support for our in-clinic volunteer program.

Background Statement
The Gulf Coast Oncology Group of Pinellas County established a 501(c)(3) foundation in 2009. 

In January of 2011, The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF) was established by a group of Florida Cancer Specialists' (FCS) physicians who personally seeded the fund with a generous gift of $500,000. These dollars were deposited in a corporate donor-advised fund and administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, FL.

Later in 2011, through a merger between the Gulf Coast Oncology Group (GCO) and Florida Cancer Specialists, FCS inherited the foundation established by GCO in 2009. The GCO Foundation remained its own entity until February 2012, when it officially merged with the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and a name change was filed with the IRS.

Gillroy and Associates, Inc. was hired in May 2012 to recommend a path forward and execute an integrative strategy for all organizational elements. All foundation operations were moved from St. Petersburg’s St. Anthony’s clinic office to the FCS corporate headquarters in Fort Myers, FL. During this restructuring phase of the foundation, all patients continued to receive assistance as well as referrals to other community resources. By November 2012, all organizational facets of the Foundation were in place with the mission of providing non-medical financial assistance and support to qualified cancer patients in the state of Florida. In 2012, the FCS Foundation awarded $83,000 in patient grants.

2013 was a year of change and implementation. Staff were hired to oversee the process of awarding grants to adults in Florida undergoing treatment for cancer. The foundation awarded approximately $134,000 in patient grants throughout 2013.

In March 2014, the foundation hired a full-time manager with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Since that time, a volunteer program was initiated and paid and volunteer staff members work together to provide assistance to individuals who have cancer. New volunteer initiatives were implemented; processes have been refined; better use of technology is being utilized; special events and other fundraising initiatives are held each year.

The paid and volunteer staff work hard to provide the best service possible to those whose needs are served through the foundation.
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Areas Served Comments The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation serves individuals who reside throughout the State of Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Tertiary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Our foundation is in the unique position of being funded operationally by another source.  Salaries, overhead, and other general expenses are all paid on behalf of the foundation.  This means donors can contribute with the confidence of knowing 100% of their donation is going directly to the mission of the organization and to those served by the foundation.

Many organizations with programs and services related to cancer focus on research. This is important and there are organizations that do this very well. Our foundation is focused on the immediate relief needed by individuals battling cancer. Right now, a cancer patient in our community is worried about their electricity or water being disconnected. Right now, there is a person with cancer wondering when their car will be repossessed and they will no longer be able to get to the clinic for their cancer treatment. Right now, someone is making the difficult choice of paying their rent or paying for their wife’s cancer treatment. Supporting our foundation means that today, someone will not have to face these worries or make these kinds of choices.
Description Applicants come to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation to request financial assistance with their non-medical, essential, living expenses. The foundation pays up to $1500 of bills per calendar year for individuals who qualify financially, are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and who currently reside in the State of Florida.
Budget $500,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Temporary Financial Aid
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults People/Families of People with Cancer Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Financial assistance given by the foundation is meant to be short-term, emergency assistance for adults who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer.  This assistance alleviates the financial burden of the patient's every day bills so the patient can focus on their battle with cancer.
Long Term Success Financial assistance given by the foundation is really short-term.  Longer-term success, internally for the foundation, would be represented by the ability to connect applicants with other available community resources, fundraise to a level that enables the foundation to provide additional funding to grantees, and establish community partnerships to ensure all of the needs of applicants are being met.
Program Success Monitoring Tools utilized to measure success include case management notes and interviews with applicants. The foundation is currently researching other methods of measuring impact.
Program Success Examples Many patients helped by the foundation, send notes and cards or call later to thank us for getting them through one of the most difficult periods of their lives.  When their loved one passes away, families of patients we have helped, request that contributions be made to our organization in lieu of flowers as a way to show their appreciation for the support provided to their loved one.
Description In addition to our in-office volunteer program which provides administrative, fundraising and client support, we have a clinic volunteer program. Clinic volunteers provide non-medical support to cancer patients at FCS clinics. This can include delivering a snack or a drink, providing a warm blanket or simply lending a sympathetic ear to patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The clinic volunteer program was recently expanded to include patient art therapy with the provision of adult coloring books and colored markers and pencils. Volunteers offer these art supplies to patients to occupy their time during chemotherapy treatment.
Budget $35,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Companionship
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer Adults Other Named Groups
Short Term Success The clinic volunteer program has been well-received by both the clinic staff and patients. The volunteers relieve the nursing staff of non-medical duties do they can provide medical assistance to more patients. Patients enjoy the volunteers' assistance and companionship.
Long Term Success Our volunteer program proves clinic cancer patients with comfort, conversation and companionship at a very uncertain and scary time in their lives.
Program Success Monitoring Quarterly patient surveys are conducted to measure the success of the clinic volunteer program and adjustments are constantly being made to the program to accommodate patients' needs.
Program Success Examples Please see our patient video for testimonials of the support patients have received from our clinic volunteer program.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Valerie Vance
CEO Term Start Dec 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email vvance@flcancer.com

In her role, Valerie oversees all aspects of the FCS Foundation, including overall strategy and operations, staff supervision, program development and execution of FCS Foundation mission, vision and goals. Val first came to the FCS Foundation as a volunteer and in December of 2014, was named Volunteer Program Manager. During this time, she worked diligently to develop, launch, implement and managed the Volunteer Program at 10 Florida Cancer Specialists’ locations, training over 45 volunteers, who logged over 2350 volunteer hours in the first six months of the program. In June 2015, she was named Acting Foundation Manager and was promoted to Executive Director of the Foundation in July 2015.

After 25 years of experience in corporate sales and management with S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., in Grand Rapids, MI., Val began her career in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining FCS, she was the Financial Development Coordinator at Prader-Willi Syndrome Association national headquarters in Sarasota, FL. In addition, she has served as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association and American Cancer Society. In her leisure time, Valerie loves biking, kayaking, boating, and sailing, as well as traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Terri Gagliardi Development & Event Manager
Jessica McIntyre Client Services Coordinator
Lynn Rasys Volunteer Program Manager
Karen Wain Client Services Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 50
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation works with many organizations including, but not limited to:
Cancer Alliance of Naples, Cancer Resource Network, 21st Century Oncology Foundation, Moffitt Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Manatee County
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Bradley Prechtl
Company Affiliation Florida Cancer Specialists
Board Term Aug 2012 to Aug 2018
Board Chair Email bprechtl@flcancer.com
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Michael Diaz Florida Cancer Specialists
Shelly Glenn FL Cancer Specialists
Joe Part Alltrust Insurance
Cory Person Lawyer
Bradley Prechtl Florida Cancer Specialists
Tom Uhler Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
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 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $850,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $326,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 75
Capital Campaign
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 Year201520142013
Program Expense$638,504$520,356$180,377
Administration Expense$324,108$198,951$120,746
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.391.221.63
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%72%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,300,897$795,965$679,070
Current Assets$987,580$474,307$679,070
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$136,330$1,086$60,161
Total Net Assets$1,164,567$794,879$618,909
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,159,264Foundation & Corporate Support $411,933Contributions, gifts, grants $419,046
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $165,929Fundraising $289,248Fundraising $66,888
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment income $6,249Contributions, gifts, grants $168,992Miscellaneous $3,625
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.24436.7511.29
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal tax returns.  Contributions include corporate and foundation support.   
Nonprofit Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Inc.
Address 5204 Paylor Lane
Sarasota, FL 34240 3424
Phone 941 677-7181