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It usually takes between two and three years to develop a local Gilda's Club, and the average organization has an annual budget of $600,000-$900,000, which is raised by the local board. The Gilda's Club Worldwide Affiliate Growth and Development department will serve as your conduit to all the information you will need to start this process once you have identified an appropriate Steering Committee.

There are several steps in the process to creating your own Gilda's Club Affiliate:
Affiliation Program
Choosing a Site
Board Building and Fundraising
Help from Gilda's Club Worldwide


Affiliation Program

Step 1: Write and let us know you are interested. We get many requests from across the United States, Canada and around the world; it is possible that there is already a group or individuals who have begun working in your area. If that's the case, we can assist you in combining your efforts.

Step 2: Call and visit the local Gilda's Club nearest you for a tour. If in New York, schedule an in-person meeting with the Affiliate Growth and Development team.

Step 3: Upon returning to your community, begin discussions with local community leaders to explain the Gilda's Club concept and gain their support.

Step 4: Develop and submit a proposal for Gilda's Club affiliation that includes a three-year business plan. All proposals must include the following:
Step 5: Upon review and approval of your proposal by the Gilda's Club Worldwide Board, a Provisional Affiliate Agreement will be granted. This permits you to use the Gilda's Club name and logo to begin fundraising and public awareness campaigns.

Note: Before this point, you may not use the Gilda's Club name and/or logo for any interest-raising events, without prior approval from Gilda's Club Worldwide.

Step 6: Once you have one year's operating expenses in the bank, a suitable clubhouse site secured, and program staff hired and trained in consultation with Gilda's Club Worldwide, a Charter will be granted.


Choosing a Site

When communities determine to organize a Gilda's Club, the physical clubhouse is an integral part of the Gilda's Club program. By offering a comfortable, home-like environment away from a hospital or other institutional setting, Gilda's Club fosters a sense of community among its members, as well as pride in ownership. The clubhouse should: For more information on square footage approximations, staffing needs, program requirements, etc., please contact our Affiliate Relations department.


Board Building and Fundraising

Developing a healthy Gilda's Club organization will result from a carefully structured Board nomination and growth process. Gilda's Club Boards usually rely on a combination of traditional nonprofit fundraising techniques and cause-related marketing strategies for organizational support, as outlined below: It is estimated that the period of time necessary for creating a fundamental budget sufficient to fund one year of operating expense is approximately eighteen months to three years. The Affiliate Relations team can help you determine staffing needs and provide budget prototypes.


Help from Gilda's Club Worldwide

The relationship between Gilda's Club Worldwide and its affiliates is close but flexible. While we are dedicated to maintaining the standards that scrupulously reflect the philosophy and program fundamentals and vigorously support these standards, we believe our movement is enlivened by input from the personal and collective wisdom of our affiliates. We welcome your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on an ongoing basis.










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