For more than 20 years the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition has provided programs and services to those affected by breast cancer. The agency has grown to be Delaware’s most trusted resource for information, education and support. As we move toward our 25th anniversary in 2016 we are launching a multi-year project to manage the agency’s evolution of programs and services. We will be guided by a strategic plan and committed to developing a plan for long-term fiscal sustainability.
We know the needs are always changing. We often hear breast cancer survivors tell us that DBCC was a huge help to them during their journey. We plan to collect and analyze data in order to better understand what types of services and programs are of most benefit and how we can improve these services. This year DBCC was awarded a three-year grant from the Longwood Foundation and additional funds from Bank of America to evaluate the organization’s current programs, assess the needs of the community and breast cancer survivors, and incorporate an ongoing evaluation process into our organizational structure. The project will focus on collecting data from participants of DBCC services and community partners to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of DBCC programs and identify the unmet needs of the community. The goal is to improve the organization’s services, and establish support to meet those unmet challenges.
Our long-term success in serving breast cancer survivors and supporting early detection and treatment in Delaware is guided by our strategic plan. Every three years we take time to set strategic goals for the agency and develop specific actions to achieve those goals. Innovative new programs such as our Clinical Trials Peer Mentors and the Vida education and outreach for the underserved Latina community resulted from our current plan. It was also through this disciplined process we identified the need to implement a comprehensive program assessment and evaluation. We are reaching out to more people and tailoring our services to meet individual needs as shown in the stories featured in this supplement.
The challenges of sustaining a nonprofit today are immense. National support for breast cancer programs has dwindled and many local foundations and corporations have increasing appeals for “basic need” support for their clients. DBCC is fortunate to be funded by the local community. We count on individuals, businesses, grants and partnerships to provide financial support to the organization. Almost three years ago, DBCC developed a revenue generating source through the opening of a resale shop, Great Stuff Savvy Resale in Talleyville Shopping Center in Wilmington. This shop has provided DBCC with more than $90,000 in additional income and countless opportunities for volunteers and survivors to come together for a good cause. This spring we will expand Great Stuff and open a furniture store in the shopping center. We are exploring expansion to other areas in Kent and Sussex Counties. There are many opportunities to help DBCC and those in need—volunteering, fundraising, referring people to our services. We are fortunate to have great support from the community and our partners.
For more about the Delaware Breast Cancer coalition, click here.