WHAT WE DO
We support cancer patients and their families, in Vermont and Northern New York in a time of extraordinary need, by providing financial assistance, underwriting counseling services, and acting as a resource during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
All can face cancer with dignity, confidence and serenity.
CPSF assures for those dealing with cancer:
- access to support despite personal financial situation
- individualized, flexible and nimble responsiveness
- compassionate connections
- comprehensive and sensitive communication
- sound fiscal management of its resources
Facing a diagnosis of cancer can be a time of fear, anxiety and questioning. Patients and families often do not know where to turn for help. The Cancer Patient Support Foundation was created by a group of cancer survivors and others who have been touched by the disease. Their collective experience and first-hand knowledge led to the design of the program.
CPSF Emergency Fund
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation Emergency Fund aims to meet the immediate need of cancer patients in financial crisis due to their illness. It is used when all other support programs have been exhausted. Learn more.
Our Donor Bill of Rights
PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements. Click here for the most recent 990 available.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Our Ethics Statement
We, as the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (staff and board members), dedicate ourselves to carrying out the mission of this organization. We will:
- Recognize that the chief function of CPSF at all times is to serve the best interests of our constituency.
- Accept as a personal duty the responsibility to keep up to date on emerging issues and to conduct ourselves with professional competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, and effectiveness.
- Respect the structure and responsibilities of the board of directors, provide them with facts and advice as a basis for their making policy decisions, and uphold and implement policies adopted by the board of directors.
- Keeps the community informed about issues affecting it.
- Conduct our organizational and operational duties with positive leadership exemplified by open communication, creativity, dedication, and compassion.
- Exercise whatever discretionary authority we have under the law to carry out the mission of the organization.
- Serve with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness in carrying out the organization's mission.
- Demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty, and fortitude in all our activities in order to inspire confidence and trust in our activities.
- Avoid any interest or activity that is in conflict with the conduct of our official duties.
- Respect and protect privileged information to which we have access in the course of our official duties.
- Strive for personal and professional excellence and encourage the professional developments of others.