$300,000 distributed in 2016 – over $4.55 million since inception
On March 28, 2016, To Celebrate Life awarded a total of $300,000 to 16 Bay Area nonprofits from funds generated during 2015. The Grants Committee, consisting of community leaders, members of the medical community, Foundation Board members and breast cancer survivors, review all applications. Grants are only awarded to programs that provide direct and emergency support services, with emphasis on underserved populations. Continuous reporting and mid-year site visits by the Foundation’s Board of Directors ensure that funds are being used appropriately.
To Celebrate Life’s main income source is from Stepping Out – our annual signature gala – along with contributions from our dedicated sponsors, partners and supporters. Fund A Need (FAN), a favorite fundraising feature at Stepping Out, raises money for emergency financial assistance, direct services and support. FAN revenue includes Sponsor A Model gifts. This fundraising program enables friends and family to support a Stepping Out breast cancer survivor model by sponsoring their inspirational walk down the runway. Proceeds from community events benefiting the Foundation make a significant contribution to our income
To maintain its long-term sustainability Foundation development activities include community events, our planned giving campaign (Celebration Circle), grants from foundations, memorial/legacy funds, giving circles and gifts. The countless hours of work donated by our volunteers allow more funding to go directly to local breast cancer services.
Click here to see a complete list of 2015 supporters
Click here to see our 2015 Stepping Out Gala sponsors
2016 Services Funded
Emergency Services (Financial assistance, housing, utilities, insurance co-pays)
Direct Services (Food and grocery vouchers, transportation to and from treatment and appointments, nutritional home meal deliveries during treatment, treatment and garments for lymphedema patients, breast cancer support groups)
Navigational Services (Patient medical benefits advocacy counseling, patient advocacy to obtain medical treatment, patient translation services)
Complementary Holistic Therapies (Exercise programs, therapeutic massage, nutrition counseling and support, guided imagery, acupuncture Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reflexology, manual lymph drainage,)
Diagnostic Testing (Mammograms, Ultrasounds)
Read Our 2015 Annual Report
We celebrate reaching a milestone – 20 years supporting Bay Area breast cancer nonprofits that help women and men coping with overwhelming health and financial emergencies. Read about some of our grantees who are making a difference in the community and meet two people who benefited directly from our grants. We look back and gratefully celebrate our founders, longtime volunteers, sponsors and supporters whose generosity and dedication made this possible.