Better Business Bureau Report for
Friend for Life Cancer Support Network

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Friend for Life Cancer Support Network
Address: 4003 Kresge Way, Suite 100
  Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: 502-893-0643
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1988, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To help persons recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience so they can face cancer with someone who’s been there.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Friend for Life Cancer Support Network meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Friend for Life Cancer Support Network recruits and trains cancer survivors and co-survivors (caregivers) to serve as Peer Navigators: volunteers who provide one-on-one emotional and psychosocial support to individuals recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. The organization provides a live, full-day training facilitated by healthcare professionals at least once each year in order to prepare new volunteers for their role as peer mentors. For prospective volunteers unable to attend the live training, Friend for Life Cancer Support Network now offers online training modules. The organization then matches newly diagnosed cancer patients with a trained volunteer who has encountered the same form of cancer and/or proposed course of treatment. Whenever possible, patients are matched with volunteers by age, gender, and similar interests. Other programs and services offered by the organization include participation in providing the 'real patient' perspective to medical and nursing students, participation in local health fairs, outreach to underserved communities, and referrals to local and national organizations to assist those coping with cancer in finding the support they need. Services are offered free of charge.

For the fiscal year ended April 30, 2015, Friend for Life Cancer Support Network's program expenses were:

Program services 66,374
Total Program Expenses: $66,374
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Chief Executive : Judy Kasey Houlette, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bart Bushong
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: COO, RFX Technologies

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 2

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $38,087, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Friend for Life Cancer Support Network's internally produced financial statements and the charity's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 51,615
Fundraising 21,479
Grants 16,608
Total Income $89,702


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $89,702
Program expenses $66,374
Fund raising expenses 5,373
Administrative expenses 5,704
Total expenses $77,451
Income in Excess of Expenses 12,251
Beginning net assets 5,331
Ending net assets 17,582
Total liabilities
Total assets $17,582

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