Better Business Bureau Report for
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2015


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance
Address: 8323 Southwest Freeway
Suite 435
  Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713-270-4700
Web Address: www.candle.org
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1916, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance is to provide emotional, educational, and practical support to families of children with cancer.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Candlelighters provides programs and services to families facing childhood cancer who are being treated at the Texas Medical Center and/or reside in the 13 counties of the greater Houston area. Programs and services that are provided at no cost to the families are:•One-on-one contact and support by the Candlelighters Parent Consultants at the treatment center, at home, at school, by phone, at meetings and events • support group meetings •Parking validations at the treatment centers •Grocery Gift certificates •Meal Passes •Gas gift certificates •newsletter •Toiletry bags •Funeral-related expenses paid to a funeral home in one of the 13 counties served by Candlelighters •Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays •Camp Cliff – Family Camp •Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Awareness Party (Family Fall Festival)• Telephone support and bereaved parent support In 2012 Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance supplied 6,000 parking validations, 96 grocery store gift certificates, 240 meal passes, 120 gas gift certificates and assisted 13 families with funeral expenses. Candlelighters awarded three scholarships for a total of $3,200 in scholarships, served over 500 children and their families at the Fall Family Festival, delivered over 250 presents to children with cancer and their siblings in the hospitals and clinics part of the Summer Surprises program. Thirty eight families attended Camp CLIFF (Children Loved In Families Forever), a total of 214 campers, 202 families, or 943 family members were adopted as part of the Adopt A Family for the Holidays program.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance's program expenses were:

  
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Gay Foust, Executive Director
Compensation*: 
$89,177

Chair of the Board: Lisa O'Leary, President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: community volunteer

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 9

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

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $623,527, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Special Events Revenue 431,454
Contributions 192,073
In-Kind Contributions 47,150
Investment Income 2,047
Less cost of direct benefit donors, Net Revenues from special events -151,204
Total Income $521,520


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $521,520
Program expenses $419,637
Fund raising expenses 74,706
Administrative expenses 57,383
Total expenses $551,726
Expenses in Excess of Income (30,206)
Beginning net assets 405,213
Other Changes in Net Assets 37,500
Ending net assets 412,507
Total liabilities 24,522
Total assets $437,029


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Complaints

              

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

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