Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

"Because kids can't fight cancer alone"

INDIALANTIC, FL   |  www.candlelightersofbrevard.org

Mission

Candlelighters of Brevard, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and their families by offering emotional support and financial assistance. Serving Brevard and Indian River Counties, we are committed to ensuring no one has to face the diagnosis of childhood cancer alone.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mrs. Natasha Duran

Main address

436 5TH AVE Suite 1

INDIALANTIC, FL 32903 USA

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EIN

59-3068501

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cancer is a community-wide reality. It does not discriminate by age, gender or race. Cancer is a disease that brings about fear, sadness and loss. When children are diagnosed with cancer - much of their childhood is stripped away. Additionally, Brevard and Indian River Counties do not have pediatric oncologists, meaning 100% of all childhood cancer cases have to travel throughout the state of nation for critical treatment. Candlelighters of Brevard, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and their families by offering emotional support and financial assistance. Serving Brevard and Indian River Counties, we are committed to ensuring no one has to face the diagnosis of childhood cancer alone.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Treatment Center Allotment Fund

A large portion of funds raised by Candlelighters of Brevard is provided to our families to pay for the exorbitant costs of gas, tolls and transportation to and from cancer centers and hospitals during crucial treatment times

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provides financial assistance to cover utility bills so the parents of the diagnosed child can focus on treatments and not bills.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families served in cancer treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Treatment Center Allotment Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This program provides funds for trips to treatment centers outside of Brevard or Indian River County for clinic, outpatient, or in-patient appointments related to the childhood cancer diagnosis.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Candlelighters of Brevard, Inc. is a non-profit organization offering emotional support and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families in Brevard and Indian River counties. We are dedicated to the children we serve and the families that support them. We know that in addition to the shock of diagnosis and treatment, there is a tremendous financial burden, an endless amount of travel, and an overwhelming emotional impact. A parent should never have to choose between being with their child when they need them the most or paying their bills. Too many families are weighed down by financial burdens at the worst time of their lives, as they try to save their child’s life. Candlelighters is committed to ensuring that our local children and their families have the support and resources they need in order to fight back.

The organizational strategy is direct operational execution of delivering the critical programs / services needed by our current Candlelighter families via financial support. The executive staff provides monthly checks to each COB family in the amount needed for the services/programs used. The forms take into account the number of clinic visits, in-patient stays, transportation costs, prescription drug purchase receipts, etc. The staff preforms follow-up calls to hospitals and social workers to verify family forms in order to protect donation dollars spent on these programs. The organizational and financial strategies are overseen by the board of directors.

The staff and board create, plan and executive on the organization’s SGP (Strategic Growth Plan) and goals each year. Our funding sources include but are not limited to the following: Community, corporate and private donations; fundraising events and initiatives; grants; resale shop; endowments; planned giving; investments; in-kind support; memorials; crowdfunding and social media; and more

In 2020, Candlelighters was able weather the impact of the global hardship faced by everyone. Candlelighters was strategic in working with our donors in being able to fully fund all of our programs and services. Additionally we were able to send support checks to help alleviate the added financial burden our clients suffered due to COVID. Candlelighters welcomed a higher and than usual 20 new clients in 2020, as we normal average 12-15 annually. We strive to continue providing programming for nearly 80 families battling pediatric cancer in Brevard and Indian River Counties.

Financials

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Operations

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Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brendan McCarthy

Three Bridges Planning

Term: 2010 -

Ross Whitley

Tracey Latshaw

Jim O'Brien

Mark Mikolajczyk

Stephanie Brown

Linda Parker

Sandy Burge

Tony Diana

Kim Downs

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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