Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

Because kids can't fight cancer alone!

GuideStar Charity Check

Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

EIN: 59-3068501


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

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mrs. Natasha Duran

Main address

436 5TH AVE Suite 1


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Subject area info

Mental health counseling

Support groups


Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


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. \n\nCandlelighters 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

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

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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.


Candlelighters of Brevard Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Candlelighters 2021 Audit 2019 Candlelighters Audit FY19 2018 Audited Financial Statement 2016
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 46.45 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Candlelighters of Brevard Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$21,035 $227,222 $79,735 $74,575 -$103,101
As % of expenses -4.5% 41.7% 14.3% 12.6% -15.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$31,407 $216,850 $70,105 $61,087 -$119,022
As % of expenses -6.6% 39.1% 12.4% 10.1% -17.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $443,803 $771,505 $633,397 $667,901 $580,801
Total revenue, % change over prior year -14.9% 73.8% -17.9% 5.4% -13.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -12.5% 23.3% 24.3% 19.1% -33.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 7.6% 14.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 104.5% 71.3% 65.7% 62.6% 127.8%
Other revenue 8.0% 5.4% 2.5% 3.6% 5.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $464,838 $544,283 $556,852 $590,299 $683,902
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.3% 17.1% 2.3% 6.0% 15.9%
Personnel 43.1% 41.5% 41.5% 32.8% 33.8%
Professional fees 1.6% 5.9% 2.7% 5.1% 1.1%
Occupancy 8.5% 4.1% 5.0% 6.4% 6.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 35.7% 35.8% 41.6% 45.8% 49.3%
All other expenses 11.0% 12.7% 9.2% 9.8% 9.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $475,210 $554,655 $566,482 $603,787 $699,823
One month of savings $38,737 $45,357 $46,404 $49,192 $56,992
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $20,627 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $513,947 $600,012 $612,886 $673,606 $756,815

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 15.3 14.8 13.1 11.4 10.8
Months of cash and investments 32.3 32.9 33.5 33.0 26.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 31.8 32.2 33.2 32.4 26.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $592,544 $672,286 $607,459 $561,398 $617,828
Investments $657,012 $819,950 $946,023 $1,064,259 $872,308
Receivables $0 $0 $7,000 $8,440 $5,225
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $154,609 $154,609 $154,609 $175,236 $170,344
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 29.8% 36.5% 42.4% 45.1% 52.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.0% 4.1% 2.1% 2.7% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $1,340,722 $1,557,572 $1,627,677 $1,688,764 $1,569,742
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0
Total net assets $1,340,722 $1,557,572 $1,627,677 $1,693,764 $1,569,742

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mrs. Natasha Duran

Natasha serves as Executive Director for Candlelighters of Brevard. She attended the University of Central Florida, receiving her degrees in advertising, public relations, and legal studies. Before joining Candlelighters in 2014, Natasha specialized in corporate strategy and development for Harris Corporation in the areas of University Relations, Corporate Relations, and the Harris Foundation’s Community Relations departments. Natasha was the award recipient of Lead Brevard’s “4 Under 40” and the Melbourne Chamber’s “Woman to Watch” Awards for her public and community service along with her career success. Her passion for the children of Candlelighters stems from her health challenges in battling Systemic Lupus – as she has experienced firsthand the treatment required when facing a life-threatening disease.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Candlelighters of Brevard Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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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 3/15/2023

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