Bumblebee Foundation Inc

Supporting Pediatric Cancer Families

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Bumblebee Foundation Inc

EIN: 45-2442151


Our mission is to inspire hope and faith by providing support to the overall well-being of pediatric cancer families.

Ruling year info


Executive Director, Co-Founder

Heather Siegfried Donatini

President, BumbleBee Foundation

Jason Donatini

Main address



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Subject area info


Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Cancer (G30)

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


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The BumbleBee Foundation provides hope and support to pediatric cancer families. For any family facing this life-altering diagnosis of their child, financial stress is one of the main concerns. Through our Patient Aid Program, we aim to alleviate that stress even for just a moment, whether it be providing hospital parking vouchers or a Starbucks gift card to a tired parent, to assisting with rent/mortgage/utility/transportation payments, or medical bills, and sometimes funeral expenses. Additionally, our Holiday BEE Program and Spring Basket Program provides $100 Target gift card and $100 gas gift card to the parents, as well as gifts from EACH child's wish list in the family (the cancer kiddo and his/her siblings). For some families, these family adoptions are the only way they are able to celebrate Christmas/Hanukkah/Passover/Easter.

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?

Spring Baskets

Our Spring Basket Program spreads sunshine and cheer around Easter. The BumbleBee Foundation with the help from #busyBEEs, surprise pediatric cancer families with personalized baskets. Each cancer kiddo and his/her sibling provides a personalized list of favorites. From there, #busyBEEs put together cheerful baskets to be delivered to each family. Parents receive gas cards and gift cards.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Each year on their birthdays, our pediatric kiddos receive a handwritten card along with a gift card to Target or Amazon. #AngelBEEs, or those kiddos who have passed away are also recognized with a hand written card to their family.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Every Christmas holiday season the BumbleBee Foundation, with the help from a lot of #busyBEEs, spread cheer to pediatric cancer families throughout Southern California. Each cancer kiddo (siblings included) provides a personalized wish list. From there, our BusyBEEs shop, wrap, and deliver gifts to the families. Parents receive gas and gift cards.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

While in treatment, childhood cancer survivor Kelli and her family realized just how helpful it was to have a wagon to haul personal belongings back and forth to the hospital. Thus, Kelli's Wagon program was born. A newly diagnosed family is given a wagon, mattress topper, and bedsheet to help east the transition as they start their cancer journey.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Patient Aid Program is our largest program. Assistance ranges from gas cards, parking vouchers, and meal vouchers, to rent/mortgage/utility assistance, to the purchase of a new used car. We also assist with unpaid time off of work, medical payments and funeral expenses, as well as counseling assistance. Really, if the need is there, we find a way to support the family.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

To assist families when they first hear the devastating words, "Your child has cancer" BEEpacks include the basic necessities for families caught in the whirlwind. They are delivered to partner hospital social workers to distribute to newly diagnosed families upon hospital admission. Items in the BEEpack include, but are not limited to: travel-sized shampoo/conditioner/deodorant/lotion/hand sanitizer, lip balm, playing cards, window markers, a Starbucks card.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Most Loved Charity 2020


Affiliations & memberships

Hulafrog's Most Loved Charity 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Patient Aid Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The increase in generosity of our donors, sponsors, fundraising activity and grant acceptance illustrates growth of the BumbleBee Foundation that surpasses organic growth.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Patient Aid Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

BBF is recognized by the over 20 pediatric oncology hospitals and hospice centers throughout the state of California and multiple pediatric hospitals that serve the state of Idaho.

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 BumbleBee Foundation offers emotional and financial support to those families who are dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis within the State of California. We hope that through this support our families find moments of joy amidst the turmoil, an opportunity to have financial burdens lifted, and the knowledge that there is a network of emotional supporters to laugh, cry, pray, and rejoice with them.

We work closely with pediatric oncology social workers/medical personnel throughout the State of California and the State of Idaho. Receiving a referral from the Social Worker/pediatric oncology nurse/doctors allows us to contact the parent, and it is through these direct conversations with the parent(s) that we learn the social, emotional, and financial needs of the pediatric kiddo and his/her family. We remain open in our dialogue with our Board how our funds are being spent, and use social media, podcasts, and additional speaking engagements to share with others the mission of the BumbleBee Foundation. Our goal is to serve as many families as is possible using the funds that are generated from fundraising events and grants written, as well as the generous donations from our supporters.

With over eleven years experience and a wealth of community support behind us, the BumbleBee Foundation is consistently refining our approach so that we efficiently meet the needs of our families. This includes continuing to develop new ways of raising funds to support our programs.

In 2020 we established our volunteer Advisory Council who are the "hands and feet" behind organizing and implementing our programs and fundraisers - both in person and virtual. The safety and well-being of our families, volunteers, and participants is always paramount, and we pivot when necessary.

Our co-founders, Jason and Heather, know first-hand what it is like to care for a son with cancer, and the financial and emotional stress it takes each member of the family. Coming from this place of empathy, understanding and grace, has allowed them to lead this foundation with the same compassion that surrounded them during their son's 18-month cancer journey.

Since our inception in 2011, we have grown from an operating budget of $5000 to a budget of almost $500,000 to assist our pediatric cancer families. Our 5 families over a decade ago has turned into over 500 (and growing) active families throughout the state of California, representing over 20 pediatric oncology hospitals. Our home office of seven years was outgrown and in 2018 we moved into a beautiful office - our headquarters in Westlake Village - hired our first full-time employee in 2019, and continue to grow our volunteer force - Executive Board members, Advisory Council members, and other volunteers. The third quarter of 2021 brought even more excitement as we spread our wings and expanded operations to southwestern Idaho. We continue to work tirelessly to provide hope and support to the countless pediatric cancer families, and walk with them as they navigate this difficult journey. Both the Executive Director (and family) and Vice President of Operations (and family) now live in the Boise area. Working remotely and frequent travel to California allow us to maintain all six of our programs and tend to the needs of our California families while expanding services to pediatric cancer families in Idaho.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    A child between the age of 0-18 living in the state of California or Idaho with a current cancer diagnosis is eligible for our program services regardless of their race, gender, ethnic, or socio-economic status.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,


Bumblebee Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 44.19 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.1 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Bumblebee Foundation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

This snapshot of Bumblebee Foundation 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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $29,753 $47,531 $55,224 $85,476 -$95,386
As % of expenses 15.3% 23.2% 16.0% 28.8% -27.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $29,061 $46,822 $54,014 $83,729 -$96,943
As % of expenses 14.9% 22.7% 15.6% 28.1% -27.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $224,047 $252,677 $401,283 $372,252 $331,028
Total revenue, % change over prior year 47.7% 12.8% 58.8% -7.2% -11.1%
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 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 79.0% 99.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 21.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $194,294 $205,146 $346,059 $296,352 $350,023
Total expenses, % change over prior year 77.9% 5.6% 68.7% -14.4% 18.1%
Personnel 10.2% 12.7% 9.7% 21.6% 22.6%
Professional fees 3.6% 7.4% 3.2% 5.5% 6.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 1.8% 6.9% 5.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 69.4% 63.3% 67.7% 46.5% 56.1%
All other expenses 16.8% 16.6% 17.6% 19.6% 9.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $194,986 $205,855 $347,269 $298,099 $351,580
One month of savings $16,191 $17,096 $28,838 $24,696 $29,169
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $3,808 $0 $2,491
Total full costs (estimated) $211,177 $222,951 $379,915 $322,795 $383,240

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 6.6 8.9 7.2 11.6 5.8
Months of cash and investments 6.6 8.9 7.2 11.6 9.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 9.0 7.1 11.7 6.5
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $107,337 $152,494 $206,199 $285,338 $170,480
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $117,616
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,460 $4,146 $7,954 $9,513 $11,848
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 30.0% 42.1% 37.2% 49.4% 51.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.9% 1.8% 2.1% 0.9% 5.8%
Unrestricted net assets $108,760 $155,582 $209,596 $293,325 $196,382
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $83,426
Total net assets $108,760 $155,582 $209,596 $293,325 $279,808

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director, Co-Founder

Heather Siegfried Donatini

Heather serves as the foundation's Executive Director and Co-Founder. She is a Liberal Studies major from Cal Poly Pomona, and worked as an Executive Assistant for many years at a Graduate University of Medical Sciences before becoming a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first son, Jarren. After Jarren's passing from a rare form of liver cancer (Hapatoblastoma) at the age of 4 1/2, Heather and her husband Jason created the BumbleBee Foundation in 2011 to assist other families on their pediatric cancer journey. Heather is grateful to have the opportunity to run the foundation's day-today operations and enjoys being able to share love and hope with the cancer kiddos who become part of her "family". Heather continues to be an involved mom to two more blessings that bring much love and grace. She is as passionate about her faith in Christ as she is about her family and the BumbleBee Foundation.

President, BumbleBee Foundation

Jason Donatini

Jason is the Co-Founder and President of the BumbleBee Foundation. He studied political science, but left to pursue a career in the HVAC industry while simultaneously completing his certification in an apprentice training program. He is currently the Vice-President for Vision Mechanical Services. The BumbleBee Foundation was born of Jason's vision as he and his wife were so moved with the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and community, while their son Jarren was diagnosed and battled liver cancer for eighteen months. He has a fervent desire to support fathers of pediatric cancer families. He is a devout Christian, husband, and father who enjoys cooking, golf, and traveling.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jason Donatini

Curtis Scheetz

Mike Hale

Christopher Dukes

Arica Harris


KaSandre Kirby

Crista Hermance

Barbara Ito


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 ? Yes
  • 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 2/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2021

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 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.