Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation


St. Louis, MO   |
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Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

EIN: 47-5288776


The mission of Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation is to address the unmet needs of heart families while transforming the future of pediatric heart care.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Jennifer Hinkle

Main address

144 W. Lockwood Suite 201

St. Louis, MO 63119 USA

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Subject area info


Health care access

Patient-centered care

Patient social services

Children's hospital care

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Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Heart and Circulatory (H43)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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 needs of the heart community are both layered and complex. Cumulatively, the medical and mental health impacts of congenital heart disease (CHD) can result in extensive financial, emotional, and familial costs. Youth with CHD have 7X higher rates of anxiety, depression, and ADHD, while up to 30% of heart parents have PTSD. 90% of heart families experience financial burdens, and at least half struggle due to medical bills. 17% of heart families suffer from food insecurity and delays in care. CHD children in rural or socio-economically disadvantaged communities tend to have worse physical and psychosocial functioning due to higher rates of food insecurity and limited support. Unfortunately, many heart families must prioritize meeting their basic needs before even addressing their psychological and social needs or outcomes is possible. And these are not short-term concerns. Caring for a child with heart disease is a lifelong endeavor, as it is a chronic and unrelenting illness.

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

Community Outreach Program Provides individualized support to ease the hardships experienced by heart families.
Congenital Heart Disease impacts a child’s long-term survival. It affects every aspect of their life, including job prospects, finances, insurance, psychosocial health, and other facets of life that children and families without CHD otherwise take for granted. Supporting the economic security of heart families is at the center of our work. Children with CHD living in socioeconomically deprived communities will have higher barriers to quality and timely care. Those in economically stable communities will experience financial hardships that will be difficult to overcome and carry into adulthood. OHHF is working towards equitable access to meet basic needs around food security, housing security, and safe and reliable transportation for medical care.

Population(s) Served

Ollie’s Branch Offers compassionate, accessible mental health support to allow peace of mind for families and caregivers of children born with or affected by heart disease.

Supporting the mental wellness of heart families and caregivers is a top priority for OHHF. If not adequately addressed, the stress and challenges heart parents and caregivers face can have significant, lasting effects. Ollie’s Branch is an access point to mental health specialists that support heart families (including the heart child and their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other primary caregivers) through therapy sessions offered at no cost to the client. This program is available to heart families if their heart warrior is now a heart angel. Ollie’s Branch is a resource that families can continue to take advantage of throughout their — and their child’s — lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children

Technology and Research Improve outcomes in pediatric heart care by collaborating with innovators on cutting-edge advancements.

OHHF provides funding support for developing innovative technology and research focused on advancements in care for pediatric heart disease. Our investments in Technology and Research programming work to bring awareness to innovation in the field, facilitate partnerships amongst researchers and medical practitioners, anchor and build funding for projects, increase participation across disciplines, and ultimately share knowledge widely so that more heart children’s lives may be improved and saved.

Program focus areas
Prediction: Leveraging prediction for early recognition
Precision: Using precision for personalized care
Prevention: Protecting the quality of life through prevention

Core areas that span the continuum of care of pediatric heart disease:
Innovative Care at Home
Less Invasive Treatment
Smarter Inpatient Care

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children

Take Heart cultivates an equitable standard of care that centers the voices of heart families in collaboration with clinicians and health systems.

Our Take Heart initiative is a three-pronged approach focused on bringing key stakeholders together to move outcomes equitably in pediatric heart care through 1) Collective Impact structure with committees focused on social determinants of health, mental health care, technology, and research connected to action groups with expertise in education and advocacy to support the work of each committee 2) Provide on-going education through our annual Take Heart Conference and continuing education opportunities 3) Consulting to share OHHF”s expertise in this space.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children

Where we work


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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 people who received clinical mental health care

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Chronically ill people, People with learning disabilities, People with other disabilities, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Ollie's Branch

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The number of therapy sessions funded between Ollie's Branch and Washington University Perinatal Behavioral Health Programs

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Financial support provided to heart families to cover, housing, transportation, food insecurity, utilities, and other. Represents a dollar amount.

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Take Heart Educational Conference

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Ollie's Branch

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

95% of Ollie Branch clients report satisfaction with mental health services

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Ollie's Branch

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Specific Ollie Branch funded mental health sessions

Number of clients served

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Caregivers, Families, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Total number of families served by OHHF annually

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.

We recognize the complex and layered needs of the pediatric heart disease community. Through a blend of community outreach, mental healthcare access, support for technology and research, and collective community building, Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation's mission is to address the unmet needs of heart families while transforming the future of pediatric heart care. Our vision is that every heart child and family will be wrapped in love to eliminate the traumas endured by living with a chronic illness.

OHHF's primary focus is to support children with pediatric heart disease through adulthood and their families. This is accomplished through 4 strategic programs: Community Outreach, Ollie's Branch, Technology and Research, and Take Heart. Today, OHHF has 13 hospital partners across the country and helps almost 900 families annually in 43 states and 4 countries, even as the unrelenting pandemic plodded along. COVID-19 interrupted many things, but the immense needs of the high-risk population our organization serve remained the same. In fact, families needed OHHF services more than ever before. The pandemic highlighted the mental health crisis in the U.S. and the gaps in healthcare to support those affected by this crisis.

Having always been committed to identifying gaps in the care of heart families and filling those needs, OHHF recognized that the gaps in mental health support for these families were expansive and growing. Long before the pandemic exponentially increased the need for mental health support, OHHF operated as an innovator in mental healthcare, meeting families where they were on their mental health journey. Heart families face many hardships that are out of their control, and COVID only exacerbated them. OHHF has historically eased their stress by creating programs that address their unmet needs—Community Outreach to provide individualized support to ease the hardships experienced by heart families; Technology and Research to improve outcomes in pediatric heart care by collaborating with innovators on cutting-edge advancements; and Take Heart, OHHF’s wraparound program to shift the focus from reactive problem-solving to co-creating the future of pediatric heart care, which includes public education initiatives prioritizing a suite of panels that center patient voices across the themes of technology and research, mental health, and education.

Ollie’s legacy is about being courageous and innovative enough to lead change, which takes a village—from the talented OHHF team to the Board of Directors to the donors to the heart community and the clinicians who serve them. OHHF is committed to serving the community in partnership together. And together, this collective action will transform the future of pediatric heart care.

Our goals for OHHF are to extend our reach, expand our resources, and grow our referral sources through a hub-spoke model that keeps OHHF rooted in St. Louis, its hub, and connects the heart community nationally. Meeting these goals requires strategic partnerships committed to providing equitable and barrier-free access to services and programs for children and families impacted by pediatric heart disease through adulthood.

Our financial goals for national expansion are to extend OHHF’s reach and resources by raising additional funds to reach more heart families with our free and comprehensive mental health services through Ollie’s Branch. At the same time, we are building a network of partnerships through Community Outreach to address the social determinants of health for the pediatric heart community and start a fund dedicated to supporting Technology, and Research focused on changing outcomes.

Our strategic plan includes partnering with 28 pediatric hospitals with dedicated heart centers to serve as anchor referral sources and further our ability to create new partnerships with organizations in those markets.

Ollie’s Branch Goals & Objectives (Jan - Dec 2023):
Provide 600 therapy referrals and approximately 4700 therapy sessions, a 65% increase over the number of referrals for 2022.
Add four new primary markets and two secondary markets.
Maintain current referral response times of 1-3 business days with 1st therapy session in 1-2 weeks (national average 6-8 weeks).
Increase services to Black/African Americans and Hispanic/Latino pediatric heart families by 10%.
OHHF is currently aggregating and analyzing data to understand the clinical impact of OB services and anticipates 80% of clients receiving therapy through the program will show a decrease in anxiety and depression symptoms by the endpoint of care. This number mirrors the current national average.

Community Outreach Goals & Objectives (Jan - Dec 2023):
Provide 50 more heart families in St. Louis with financial aid, a 70% increase over the number of referrals for 2020-22.
Add five new community partners in St. Louis that provide local and regional resources for housing and food security.
Maintain current referral response times of 1.5 business days from the date of inquiry to request completion.
Aggregate and analyze data to understand better the degree of economic insecurity in this population of children and their families to inform future planning, resource need, and barriers to access.
Analysis of the data by race and socioeconomic status to identify trends

Technology and Research Goals & Objectives (Jan - Dec 2023):
Establish a dedicated committee tasked with advising and bringing partners together for awareness, partnership, funding, participation, and sharing of knowledge to expand OHHF’s footprint.

Our partnership approach is to establish anchor organizations in specific regions of the U.S., allowing OHHF to reach the broader heart community and more heart families by market. Our practice focuses on healthcare organizations that invest in pediatric heart care, leverage innovation in technology and research to improve care, have specialized cardiac services, and can refer to the most heart families in their region.

OHHF has 13 established hospital partnerships, 11 in progress, and 4 future partnerships. Our St. Louis hub serves as our base with established partnerships with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Mercy Kids Children’s Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Our hospital partnerships serve as an access network to refer heart families in our community to OHHF’s programs and services. These partners provide essential medical and expanded healthcare services to this population of chronically ill children. Through these partners, heart families connect to additional services that complement and fill in any gaps in services provided by the hospital partner.

OHHF’s strategy also focuses on a network of partnerships with local, regional, and national community outreach organizations centered on addressing social determinants of health, with our priorities focused on housing and food security. Creating a safety net for the heart families allows equitable access to resources and builds a pathway to mental health care. A newly established partnership with Home Sweet Home provides home furnishings to heart families when they secure housing. OHHF is in the early stages of more formal co-marketing associations with Conquering CHD, Mended Hearts, HeartWorks, and Sisters By Heart to bring more awareness and increase OHHF’s reach to the national heart community. These are vital partnerships. These partnerships in each market, including our hub in St. Louis, have reach, resources, and ability to refer, allowing equitable distribution to fill the unmet needs, eliminate duplication of services or competition for the same funding, and create access without barriers. We have a more significant impact when we collaborate and partner.

Hospital partners:
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Mercy Kids Children’s Hospital St. Louis
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Colorado (coming January 2023)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (coming May 2023)
Draft MOUs include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dell Children’s Medical Center, with anticipated launches in 2023.

In our 10 years of service, we have reached and served 5,300+ families in 41 states.

We have had an over 80% increase in donations in the last 5 years, representing more than 1,100 new donors—averaging over 230 new donors each year. In the same 5 year period, over 3,000 individuals have followed us on social media and subscribed to our mailing. On average, OHHF is now helping 1,000 families a year.

Ollie’s Branch:
Since its inception in April 2020, working with 13 partner hospitals, we have had a 100% response rate to 650 referrals, resulting in 2,000+ therapy sessions from 170+ licensed therapists. Ninety-five percent (95%) of recipients report they are satisfied/very satisfied with the time from referral to the first therapy session. OHHF’s dedicated data and evaluation team also tracks the number of referrals that did not result in a successful match and evaluates the number of rematched referrals which is <1% to date.

Clinical outcome measures include anonymous data reported by the therapist at the onset and endpoint of treatment to measure improvement in patients' anxiety and depression. Early results indicate that those participating in therapy sessions report improved depression and anxiety markers. A more formal data analysis is in progress to compare self-reported data to therapist-reported data to determine the clinical impact on coping skills, anxiety management, and depression in this medically complex population of children and caregivers.

Community Outreach:
Since 2014, Community Outreach has been at the center of OHHF’s work removing barriers to addressing unmet needs due to social determinants of health. Over the last two years, OHHF made almost $115,000 in grants to 70+ families to cover food, secure housing, specialized medical equipment, and transportation. Currently, a response to a referral occurs within 1.5 business days from the day of inquiry to request completion. 95% of our clients report they are satisfied and connected to resources due to our outreach work. A more formal aggregation and data analysis are in progress to better understand the degree of economic insecurity in this population of children and their families to inform future planning, resource need, and barriers to access, including a review of the data by race and socioeconomic status to identify trends.

We continue to bring the heart community together through local events to build community. In 2022, we hosted our most significant heart family events bringing 200+ heart community members together.

Technology and Research:
Since its inception, OHHF has provided close to 1 million dollars that have helped fund cardiac research through the Children’s Heart Foundation, artificial intelligence in intensive care units, a 3D cardiac printer, infant CPR anytime kits, and using fitness trackers with AI technology to look at the combinations of interventions around physical fitness and mental health for children affected by pediatric heart disease.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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


Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation
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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21.3 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

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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Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation’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 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $731,369 $508,510 $78,663
As % of expenses 444.7% 144.3% 10.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $731,369 $508,510 $78,663
As % of expenses 444.7% 144.3% 10.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $895,841 $829,140 $833,389
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -7.4% 0.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 1.3% 2.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
All other grants and contributions 97.2% 95.1% 95.9%
Other revenue 2.8% 3.6% 1.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $164,472 $352,515 $784,936
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 114.3% 122.7%
Personnel 58.2% 40.3% 41.4%
Professional fees 0.5% 7.5% 9.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 6.1% 2.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 8.7% 34.0%
All other expenses 41.2% 37.4% 12.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $164,472 $352,515 $784,936
One month of savings $13,706 $29,376 $65,411
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $178,178 $381,891 $850,347

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 41.1 17.7 5.1
Months of cash and investments 53.2 42.2 20.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 53.4 42.2 20.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021
Cash $563,315 $519,320 $334,641
Investments $165,661 $720,559 $1,025,401
Receivables $2,393 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $731,369 $1,239,879 $1,318,542
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $45,000
Total net assets $731,369 $1,239,879 $0

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No Yes


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jennifer Hinkle

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

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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 11/28/2023

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.