$325,000 distributed in 2018 – over $5 million since inception
On March 26, 2018, To Celebrate Life awarded a total of $325,000 to 16 Bay Area nonprofits from funds generated during 2017. 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 our Monthly Giving program, memorial/legacy funds and Celebration Circle, a special group of donors who include a planned gift to ensure the continuation of our work for many years to come. 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 2017 supporters
Click here to see our 2017 Stepping Out Gala sponsors
2017 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 (Clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs and biopsies)
Read Our 2017 Annual Report
Over and over, our grantees share stories of recipients of the services funded by To Celebrate Life grants. These funds have affected so many lives in positive, and sometimes, life-saving ways. It is heart warming to know the hard work, energy and compassion of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors allows us to make a difference in the life of a breast cancer patient. Read about some of our grantees who are making a difference in the community and meet two people who benefited directly from our grants.