Better Business Bureau Report for
Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2013

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation, Inc.
Address: 2306 Morning Park Dr.
  Katy, TX 77494
Phone: 713-303-9524
Web Address:
Also known as:Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation
Big Heart Foundation
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2005, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Committed to funding research into the causes and cures for pediatric heart disease. We also hope to help little kids with Big Hearts better enjoy their lives through Camp Pump It Up and support CCF's online forum for families coping with childhood heart disease.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Foundation was established with three primary goals: Fund Research, Camp Pump-It-Up, and Support: Fund Research- To help fund the cardiomyopathy genetics clinic established by Texas Children’s Hospital of Houston, Texas. Camp Pump-It-Up- Texas Children’s Hospitals Cardiology clinic sponsors pediatric cardiomyopathy patients to a weekend summer camp each April where they can enjoy some of the “normalcies” of childhood. Support- To support the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF). CCF’s primary goal is to provide seed funding for research into pediatric cardiomyopathy causes and cures. In 2012, 89 people participated in the Houston Marathon Fundraiser, which raised approximately $52,000.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Awards 55,458
Total Program Expenses: $55,458
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Ron Dale
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Tax Manager, ABM Industries, Inc.

Board Size: 5

Paid Staff Size: 0

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 25% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $38,738, 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 Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation, Inc.'s unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
2011 donations 54,653
2012 marathon donations (unearned revenue) 12,155
Year end cash advance 1,698
2011 donations (recorded in 2010) -28,070
Total Income $40,436


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: Less than 1% 

Total income $40,436
Program expenses $55,458
Fund raising expenses 9,529
Administrative expenses 215
Total expenses $65,202
Expenses in Excess of Income (24,766)
Beginning net assets 0
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 14,681
Total assets $660

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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