The Giving Garden Foundation
c/o Heather P. Smith
P.O. Box 1421
Hayes VA 23072
Mission Statement
The Giving Garden Foundation provides financial assistance to cancer patients who reside in either Gloucester or Mathews County, Virginia.  Such assistance may be for rents, mortgages, prescriptions, utilities, fuel, groceries and other expenses relating to treatment such as lodging.  Living in a rural area often means limited resources which is what led our founders to bridge the gap between resources that exist and fulfilling the unmet needs of patients.
 
In addition to providing financial assistance, we have built an online database of other local, state and national resources which are searchable to the public through our website.  When we receive assistance requests from patients outside of our financial service area, we work with those individuals one-on-one to find resources for them in their respective locality.  People should not have to worry about keeping their lights on, food on their table or a roof over their head while facing the battle of their lives.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Karin L. Fary
Board Chair Mrs. Karin L. Fary
Board Chair Company Affiliation Confidential
Contact Information
Address c/o Heather P. Smith
P.O. Box 1421
Hayes, VA 23072
Telephone 757 329-8266
Fax 804 824-9431
E-mail mwamsley@thegivinggarden.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Statements
Mission
The Giving Garden Foundation provides financial assistance to cancer patients who reside in either Gloucester or Mathews County, Virginia.  Such assistance may be for rents, mortgages, prescriptions, utilities, fuel, groceries and other expenses relating to treatment such as lodging.  Living in a rural area often means limited resources which is what led our founders to bridge the gap between resources that exist and fulfilling the unmet needs of patients.
 
In addition to providing financial assistance, we have built an online database of other local, state and national resources which are searchable to the public through our website.  When we receive assistance requests from patients outside of our financial service area, we work with those individuals one-on-one to find resources for them in their respective locality.  People should not have to worry about keeping their lights on, food on their table or a roof over their head while facing the battle of their lives.
Impact
ACHIEVEMENTS:
  • Provided $20,000 in financial assistance to local patients in 2013; including repairing a vehicle that had been donated to us and then donating it to a family who had no means of transportation.
  • Raised awareness and built additional partnerships for our "Together we CAN advocate" recycling program.  We average $300-$350/mo in revenue.
  • Awarded a $500 Grant from Keep VA Beautiful to grow our recycling program.
  • Awarded support of our Healing Garden through Brent & Becky's Bulbs who have generously offered to provide bulbs at no cost, for the lifetime of this project.
  • Built up our volunteer base and gained three new board members.
 
GOALS FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:
  • Continue Community Outreach to build support for our recycling program. 
  • Implement a program for the children of cancer patients which will provide a haven for children to be among other kids in similar circumstances.  The generous owners of Bayside Children's Therapy Network have agreed to donate use of their building, however, we are lacking the financial resources to carry it out and estimate the annual costs to be between $8,000-$12,000 for supplies, electricity and admission fees for outings.
  • Continue to build our volunteer base and recruit chairpersons for Community Outreach, Recycling, Event Planning and Patient Assistance Navigation programs.
  • Completion of our Healing Garden site which will entail final site work, installation of engraved pavers, benches, wind-chimes, sculpture and development of the planting beds.
  • Host our "Glow for Good 5k", a run/walk fundraising event to build a better financial cushion to carry out our assistance program and which will help us to complete our Healing Garden space.  We are seeking $20,000 in sponsorships to ensure overhead event expenses are covered.  Our goal is to raise $50,000 through this event by getting individual and team registrants to fundraise on our behalf.
Needs
Our top 3 most pressing needs:
  1. Volunteers to fulfill leadership positions for newly-developed subcommittees.  This will help ensure efficiency of our operations. We are a 100% volunteer-run group, including our Board of Directors.  While we have secured three new Board Members, there are additional demands we are facing as we continue to grow and need to ensure we have the staff (unpaid) in place to carry out our objectives.
  2. Grant awards to grow and fund projects.  We have a wonderful new volunteer who is donating her time to do grant writing for us and feel this will be of tremendous assistance to us in securing the financial backing we need to grow and promote various programs.
  3. Sponsorships.  As awareness of our Foundation continues to grow, the amount of financial assistance requests continue to grow.  While we have always held fundraising events to ensure we have the proceeds to support our mission, we are starting to experience more demand than we are able to serve.  It is imperative, now more than ever, that we take our events to the next level in order to raise a greater amount support.
Background
The Giving Garden is embarking upon its sixth year of service to local cancer patients.  Founded by four Gloucester residents who have lost immediate family members to cancer, we know, first hand, the emotional and financial burden a cancer diagnosis wreaks on the family.  Through these experiences we have also witnessed the dire need of local advocacy because of our community's rural nature.
 
Since our creation we have provided nearly $40,000 of financial assistance to Gloucester and Mathews patients and half of that assistance occurred just last year due to increased demand and the magnitude of hardship patients are experiencing.
 
Over the last several years, we have created new partnerships with other aid organizations and built additional awareness about the services we provide by joining community service groups and reaching out to local treatment centers, hospice organizations and pharmacies.
 
Our volunteers have helped patients move from one home to another when a tornado struck our town a few years ago; we have helped secure new living arrangements for patients; prevented patients from being evicted or losing their homes to foreclosure; ensured patients were able to put food on their tables and fuel in their vehicles so that they could get to their doctors' offices and treatment facilities.
 
In 2009, we implemented our "Together we CAN advocate" recycling program as a means to raise regular proceeds to support our mission of assistance.  Since that time we have recycled more than half a million aluminum cans and raised more than $10,000 through recycling.
CEO Statement
The Giving Garden Foundation is unique in that it truly embraces the concept of helping your neighbors in their time of need.  By not being tied to a corporate advocacy group or government run program, we are afforded the opportunity to tailor our services to meet the individual needs of each patient assistant case.  We are not a one-size-fits all solution and we do not limit our assistance to low-income or poverty level patients.
 
We have the flexibility to provide assistance to the same patient more than once if needed.  What is even more unique is that we can turn around assistance to patient in as little as 24 hours, and often in no more than 72 hours.  The assistance provided may be direct payment to the various service providers (power company, utilities, landlord/mortgage company, etc).  When we provide assistance for groceries or fuel, we send out pre-paid VISA cards to be used for those services.
 
We hold food drives and even put together moving teams to relocate families who are moving from one home to another during treatment. Possibly the most notable achievement is that we always carryout our endeavors through a group a dedicated volunteers.  Absolutely no one receives compensation for their time, including our Board, and we use our personal vehicles, office equipment and cell phones to carryout the day-to-day operations of the Giving Garden.  This allows us to ensure that the majority of our funds go to actual patient assistance and not overhead expenses.
Board Chair Statement
I chose to help co-found this group after watching my father battle not one, but two, cancers in a matter of 18 months.  My dad was first diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma when a suspicious mole reappeared after it had been frozen off more than once.  A year later he was diagnosed with non-invasive bladder cancer which quickly escalated to invasive bladder cancer.  In June of 2008, he underwent a life-saving procedure, a radical cystectomy which was a 7-hour long surgery in which his bladder, 22 abdominal and pelvic lymphnodes, his prostate and two feet of his intestine were removed.  The section of intestine was then used to create a new (or neobladder) for him, thereby, alleviating the need for an external collection bag.
 
This was a frightening and emotional event for my family to go through and undeniably the hardest on my dad.  For those who are on the sidelines of cancer treatment, you are left feeling so helpless and want to do everything you can to assist the patient.  My dad was not insured during his Melanoma treatment and I watched as he battled the decision of using his savings to pay for his treatment.  It left me wondering about those who do not have the financial resources - those who are already struggling to make ends meet and if it is this hard on my dad to decide, how devastating it must be for others.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Gloucester County
Mathews County
The Giving Garden serves all towns within Gloucester and Mathews County to include zip codes in Gloucester: 23061, 23062, 23072, 23003, 23183 and Mathews: 23035, 23050, 23128, 23138, 23076, 23109, 23119, 23045, 23130, 23025
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Karin L. Fary
Company Affiliation Confidential
Term Aug 2008 to Aug 2016
Email kgarner@thegivinggarden.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Karin Fary Peninsula Veterinary Specialists
Ms. Melissa P. Johnson Chesapeake Marine Training Inst.
Mrs. Heather L. Smith In-home Daycare Provider
Mrs. Melisa Weaver Wamsley Rave Design & Construction
Mrs. Dianne Woolley 1st Advantage Credit Union
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
Volunteer
Operations
Project Oversight
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Melissa P. Johnson Chesapeake Marine Training Ins.
Comments
We are actively seeking new Board Members for two openings that will occur in August of 2014 and to fill support positions as a result of the demand that has been placed on our Foundation due to growth.  As time passes and we become more engaged with our service area, the duties and time required to meet those obligations increases.  As a result we have created several new support positions in an effort to alleviate the current Board's burden and to streamline our efficiency.  We have begun hosting monthly volunteer meetings in an effort to recruit more volunteers (which is proving successful) and in turn hope to attract individuals who are eager to fill more in depth roles on the Board.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Karin L. Fary
Experience

Karin is employed full-time as the Director of Operations at a multi-facility animal care organization.  Her advocacy is in honor of her dad, Jim Garner, who passed away in July of 1999 following a hard and courageous battle against systemic ameyloidosis.  She has held a seat on our Board since our creation in 2008 and has served in all roles.

Co-CEO
Co-CEO Mrs. Melisa Weaver Wamsley
Term Start Aug 2008
Email mwamsley@thegivinggarden.org
Experience

Melisa holds a degree in architecture and is the V.P. & Design Professional for Rave Design & Construction, a firm she owns with her husband Ray.  She has held a seat on our Board since 2008, serving in the roles of President and Vice President and has been responsible for the majority of our marketing.

 
Melisa was drawn to help establish this cause after watching her dad, Tom, face two battles against two different types of cancer (Stage III Melanoma & Invasive Bladder Cancer).  We are thrilled to share that Tom celebrated 5 years of Survivorship in June 2013!
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
CEO/ED/Board Comments As a grassroots organization run by volunteers, we are constantly challenged to maintain fundraising sources, and develop new ones, in order to meet the growing need for assistance in our community.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$27,238$16,521$4,608
Administration Expense$4,076$4,939$2,482
Fundraising Expense$13,192$74$90
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.240.551.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%77%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$10,739($9,748)$7,924
Current Assets$10,739($9,748)$7,924
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$10,739($9,748)$7,924
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView