Providing non-medical, financial assistance to adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida to allow them to focus on fighting cancer.
A cancer diagnosis can change everything. For some, it may mean the added stress of financial hardship. Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was created to help patients who need financial assistance while undergoing treatment. The Foundation allows those fighting cancer to concentrate on recovery rather than their overdue rent, mortgage, electric, or water bill.
The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF) was established in January 2011 by a group of FCS physicians who personally seeded the fund with a generous gift of $500,000. These dollars were deposited in a corporate donor-advised fund and administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, FL. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation, at FCS management request, awarded grants and sponsorships to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations with cancer missions, such as American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and Naples Community Hospital.
Through a merger with Gulf Coast Oncology (GCO) Group of Pinellas County in 2011, Florida Cancer Specialists inherited a 501(c)(3) Foundation established by that practice in 2009. And in February 2012, all accounts were transferred to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.
Foundation operations were moved from St. Anthony’s clinic office in St. Petersburg, Florida to the FCS corporate headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida in May 2012. And by November 2012, organizational facets of the Foundation were in place with the mission of providing non-medical financial assistance and support to qualified cancer patients in the state of Florida. And it was decided that the FCS partner physicians would pay for the Foundation’s overhead and staff salaries so that 100% of donations would go directly to patient grants.
July 2014 marked the official re-launch of the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation in Sarasota, Florida. The Volunteer Program was initiated and paid staff and volunteers began working together to provide assistance and support to individuals who have cancer.
The Foundation has grown exponentially since its inception and to date, we have awarded over $3.5 million in grants to cancer patients in need.
The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization as designated by the IRS. The Foundation’s EIN number is 20-4616813. The Foundation is also registered in the State of Florida, Registration No. CH24320. A copy of the official State registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 800-435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.