Better Business Bureau Report for
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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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:
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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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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, 2013, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Gay Foust, Executive Director

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

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 10

*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 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $487,358, 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 Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Special Events Revenue 453,318
Contributions 107,536
In-Kind Contributions 48,977
Net assets released from restriction: Contribution - expiration of time restriction 37,500
Investment income 758
Less: Cost of direct benefit to donors -122,473
Total Income $525,616


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 69%  Fund Raising: 20%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $525,616
Program expenses $399,604
Fund raising expenses 112,686
Administrative expenses 65,160
Total expenses $577,450
Expenses in Excess of Income (51,834)
Beginning net assets 412,507
Ending net assets 323,173
Total liabilities 27,404
Total assets $350,577

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

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