Big Heart Brigade Inc

Coming to the Rescue

Jupiter, FL   |  www.bigheartbrigade.com

Mission

The mission of Big Heart Brigade is Coming to the Rescue in support of returning wounded U.S. Military, feeding the less fortunate and assisting incapacitated First Responders within our community, through partnerships with voluntary service-minded, and big-heart individuals, families, companies and faith-based organizations.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Ivana Bertuzelli

Founder

Thomas DeRita, Jr

Main address

910 Pottawatomie St

Jupiter, FL 33458 USA

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EIN

65-0581187

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Big Heart Brigade aims to serve the less fortunate within our region. Many members of our communities (children, adults, aged, veterans and injured first-responders) are in need of food and provisions for daily survival. Big Heart Brigade has fed over 2.5 million people in the 30+ years of existence. Our goal is to continue to provide a meal to those in need.

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?

Community Outreach

In 1992, a diverse group of local businessmen, neighbors, firefighters, police officers, and other civil servants came together and formed the Big Heart Brigade, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that feeds people in need.

Today, we’re most known for our service to returning military combat veterans, First Responders injured in the line of duty and the less fortunate in our community. Historically our focus was the annual Thanksgiving Feast which brought together thousands of volunteers from throughout South Florida. Together, we prepared and distributed individually packaged Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate in our communities.

Since our founding, we’ve fed over 2 million people.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Parents

The mission of Big Heart Brigade is Coming to the Rescue in support of returning wounded U.S. Military, feeding the less fortunate at Thanksgiving and assisting incapacitated First Responders within our community, through partnerships with voluntary service-minded, and big-heart individuals, families, companies and faith-based organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Non-adult children
Parents

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 Gold Star families served

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Veteran's, First-Responders, Underprivledged

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals delivered

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

Age groups, Work status and occupations, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Veteran's, First-Responders, Underprivledged

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Veteran's, First-Responders, Underprivledged

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Veteran's, First-Responders, Underprivledged

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of produce distributed

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Health, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Veteran's, First-Responders, Underprivledged

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Family relationships, Age groups

Related Program

Veteran's, First-Responders, Underprivledged

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The goal for BHB is to engage existing and new sponsors to raise the necessary funding.

BHB will continue to solicit te support of community partners for both financial and in-kind contributions. BHB will continue to serve as a 100% volunteer organization, without the expense of salaries, rent, or non-program expense.

Each Director is assigned a specific target member of the community to engage prospective sponsors. Every Board Member is responsible for raising support from within their circle of influence that will benefit Big Heart Brigade and the community.

The process is an on-going event, without end.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Big Heart Brigade Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Ivana Bertuzelli

Intech

Term: 2020 - 2023

Chuck Dettman

Today's Promise, Inc.

Scott Fetterman

Retired-PBG FIre Department

DJ Fetterman

Jupiter Medical

Ivana Bertuzzelli

Intech

Tom DeRita

Resource Group NA

Erik Polanka

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/21/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.