Better Business Bureau Report for
Friend for Life Cancer Support Network

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Friend for Life Cancer Support Network
Address: 4007 Kresge Way
  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 one day (8 hour) training facilitated by healthcare professionals at least once each year in order to prepare new volunteers for their role as peer mentors. 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 an active speakers bureau, 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, 2013, Friend for Life Cancer Support Network's program expenses were:

Peer Support Program 70,034
Total Program Expenses: $70,034
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Chief Executive : Judy Kasey Houlette, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bart Bushong
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: V.P. Operations, RFX Technologies

Board Size: 15

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:

Methods of fund raising include invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet appeals, and cause-related marketing.
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $71,048, 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 IRS Form 990-EZ and internally produced financial statements for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013.

Ending net assets as reported below are unrestricted net assets.

Source of Funds  
Contributions, gifts, grants and similar amounts received 53,483
Fundraising event income, net of direct expenses 17,565
Total Income $71,048


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $71,048
Program expenses $70,034
Fund raising expenses 5,480
Administrative expenses 5,479
Total expenses $80,993
Expenses in Excess of Income (9,945)
Beginning net assets 16,330
Ending net assets 6,385
Total liabilities
Total assets $6,385

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