November 29, 2021 – JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Ahead of Giving Tuesday, the DONNA Foundation today released its Annual Impact Report, documenting the work and impact of the Foundation during the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 2020 to June 2021).
The report reflects a growth fueled by the pandemic of requests for assistance received by the Foundation. In fiscal year 2020-2021, DONNA CareLine served 1,521 patients and their families, an increase of 41% over the previous year. More than half of the patients and families served by CareLine reported an annual income of less than $ 24,000 per year.
These measures demonstrate the link between the financial challenges of living with breast cancer and the economic impact of the pandemic. The increase in demand has coincided with a decrease in income and in-person programs as survival, education and in-person outreach programs have been scaled back or moved to virtual formats to ensure the health and safety of people. participants.
“The 2020-2021 fiscal year was a time when we were everywhere, together,” said Amanda Napolitano, Executive Director of the DONNA Foundation. “This report is just a snapshot of a year that has seen an incredible increase in demand, but we have been able to continue our services without disruption. We had to reflect and find creative ways to celebrate the survival of our own neighborhoods and the whole world. I am incredibly proud of this organization and the way our staff, volunteers, runners and donors have chosen love over fear throughout a difficult year.
Additional highlights from the annual impact report include:
- Main issues resolved: requests for assistance with utility bills were the most frequently resolved issues, with 328 cases; relief in rent payments followed with 303 cases. Other issues that received 100 or more requests included mortgage payment relief (104 cases), transportation assistance (101 cases), and food aid (100 cases). In total, the DONNA Foundation has solved more than 2,000 problems.
- Celebrating Survival ‘Everywhere, Together’: The DONNA Foundation’s iconic racing series and educational events have moved to a virtual format, bringing together 4,234 people through virtual finish lines and online programs. Together, these programs have engaged people from 632 cities, 50 states and nine countries.
- Impacts on income: Like many organizations, the DONNA Foundation suffered a significant financial impact as a result of the pandemic. In fiscal year 2020-2021, the organization’s revenue declined by 31% and program expenses were reduced by more than $ 750,000, largely due to the elimination of survival programs, education and outreach in person.
- Fundraising and Services: Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Foundation has successfully provided over $ 418,844.93 in financial services to breast cancer patients and their families, including $ 59,000 in direct financial assistance; awarded $ 25,000 to the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Research Program in support of genomic and immune studies; engaged over 40 corporate partners and 120 fundraisers; and raised $ 436,572 through peer-to-peer fundraising.
The full report is available for review at thedonnafoundation.org/impact-financials/. To support the Foundation’s continued work, visit thedonnafoundation.org/support.
About the DONNA Foundation:
The DONNA Foundation was established in June 2003 by Donna Deegan, three-time breast cancer survivor and award-winning journalist, to meet the critical financial needs of underserved people living with breast cancer. Our mission is to provide financial aid and support to people living with breast cancer and to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research. To date, the DONNA Foundation has served over 15,600 families, obtaining over $ 418,000 in financial services and debt relief in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The organization also disbursed $ 3.3 million to support translational genomics and immune studies. The organization also hosts in-person and virtual events and programs for survival, education, and awareness. For more information, visit www.TheDONNAFoundation.org.