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So Where Do Our Funds Go?
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By Natalie Van Hoozer

There is one topic that is always relevant to charity organizations: the use of funds. Many people who would like to donate money to charities hold reservations when donating because they are unsure where those funds might ultimately go.

We at NNCCF agree that these concerns are completely valid. Recently, four related cancer charities (one of which was a children’s cancer organization) were charged with fraud by the Federal Trade Commission.

As unfortunate as this occurrence is, it is an excellent reminder that, before you make your final decision about where to make a donation, it is wise to look at statistics about the nonprofit in question.

What You Can Do:

As the article Know How Your Charitable Donations Will Be Spent Before You Give by Clay Johnson states, a large amount of nonprofit data is available to the public, it’s like researching anything online! A Google search alone can reveal some helpful information about most organizations.

What Can Help You:

Specifically, the IRS Form 990 is commonly available, detailed, and has black-and-white information about how a nonprofit spends its money. Many 990’s are available with an Internet search, and there are also sites like GuideStar which provide 990s as long as one completes a free registration.

The legitimacy and impact of nonprofits is a common question, and there are many articles, websites, and organizations dedicated to explaining how to evaluate if a nonprofit is accomplishing goals that are in-line with how you would like your money to be spent. GiveWell.org is one such site, but many other sites are easily revealed through searching.

What If You Have Trouble Finding Information With a General Search?

If an organization’s information is not being made apparent with a 990 form or through other online resources, there are several other ways to obtain information. If an organization is just getting started or is small, that organization may not have a 990. They may also be small enough that they work with a sponsor organization. If there is a sponsor, it is wise to look into that organization’s spending to see where your money would end up upon donation. As a general rule, it is wise to try to understand the different organizations involved with the organization in question. Also, when considering small organizations, you may also want to try to contact the organization directly. The executive director or other staff person may respond to questions better than a large organization would.

In regards to NNCCF specifically, is important to note that 76% of our revenue goes to Programs and Services while 8% goes to Fundraising and 16% goes to Management and Development. If you would like to see this breakdown with helpful visuals, please take a look at our Annual Report on our website.

Press Release –

Children’s Cancer Foundation Presents Ten New iPads to Renown Children’s Hospital.

iPads for Children in treatment

(Reno, NV) – The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) presented ten new iPads to Renown Children’s Hospital for their new infusion center on Thursday, June 7, 2018. One iPad was supplied for each seat in the infusion center, fulfilling the demand for electronic devices.

In addition to providing patients an activity during their infusions, the child life specialist team at Renown Children’s Hospital can use the electronics for distraction during procedures.

iPads to Infusion Center “This generous donation will greatly benefit our patients who are receiving treatment to conquer their diagnosis,” said Brittany Best, Child Life Specialist at Renown Children’s Hospital. “It was like Christmas in June!”

NNCCF supplied the electronic devices and protective covers as part of their E-SMART program (formerly known as E-Kids), providing education, scholastic materials, achievement resources, and technologies, to children affected by cancer. Through generous donations to this program from The Reno Rodeo Foundation and Fraternal Order of Eagles, NNCCF was able to supply the new 9.7-inch, 128GB, iPads to the infusion center.

“We are thrilled to provide these iPads through our E-SMART program. This will allow kids with cancer stimulate their minds and engage in the world while undergoing treatment,” said Mary Powell, Executive Director at NNCCF. “We hope this will continue to alleviate the emotion burden of treatment and provide an opportunity for children to learn and grow as any child should.”

 

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The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) is the region’s only nonprofit dedicated to helping local children and families affected by childhood cancer. Its goals are to alleviate the financial and emotional strain of childhood cancer by providing financial assistance, emotional support, advocacy for increased research funds, and awareness of childhood cancer. NNCCF encourages ongoing enrichment for children and young adults diagnosed with cancer through educational and scholarship programs. For more information, call (775) 825-0888, visit www.nvchildrenscancer.org or follow on social media @NVKidsCancer.

 

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Scholarships Awarded to 19 Childhood Cancer Survivors

 

(Reno, NV) – Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) awarded scholarships to 19 young adults at the Inspire Scholarship ceremony on July 26, 2018, at The Grove. The Inspire Program helps young adults who battled childhood cancer, or are currently in treatment, to continue their education.

NNCCF offers this program to support young adults who have been affected by childhood cancer in achieving their dreams. The Inspire Program has awarded $268,000 in scholarships to childhood cancer survivors since the program’s inception in 2012.

The awarded scholarships will be applied to many fields of study at an assortment of accredited universities, colleges, vocational and technical schools. This year’s recipients will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno, Boise State University, and Cal Poly among others. Recipients plan to pursue studies in architecture, hematology/oncology, nursing, journalism, teaching and much more.

Guest speaker James Bull, a childhood cancer survivor, delivered a motivating speech at the ceremony. “Being so young you get this premeditated idea for what the rest of your life will be like, but there is nothing that feels better than that captivating feeling of being alive. Like really alive,” said Bull. “You have so much to look forward to.  Make memories, take pictures, and live every day like it could be your last. Because we know first-hand how quickly that can be taken away.”

Each young adult submitted an essay and quote they find inspirational. Scholarship recipient Brittany Grecco shared her aspirations to reach for her dreams and be inspiring, “I hope to inspire others by leading through example that you will always get what you put in, that positivity will always win, and that there is always something to be grateful for.” Her inspirational quote is a Tweet from the band ModSun, “No matter the amount of negativity you’re presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment.”

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The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) is the region’s only nonprofit dedicated to helping local children and families affected by childhood cancer. Its goals are to alleviate the financial and emotional strain of childhood cancer by providing financial assistance, emotional support, advocacy for increased research funds, and awareness of childhood cancer. NNCCF encourages ongoing enrichment for children and young adults diagnosed with cancer through educational and scholarship programs. For more information, call (775) 825-0888, visit www.nvchildrenscancer.org or follow on social media @NVKidsCancer.

 



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