Mission: Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buonic ... (More)

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1991, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.thebuonicontifund.com

  1095 NW 14TH TER
1095 NW 14TH TER
MIAMI FL 33136 

  888-782-6387


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Good

This charity's score is 84.42, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

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Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

81.9%


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This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

5.0%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

12.9%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.6%


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Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.24


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.78 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-28.79%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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Transparency


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Suzanne M. Sayfie, Executive Director

$66,000 (1.75% of Total Expenses)

Plus $252,028 of Compensation from Affliates

Marc A. Buoniconti, President

$10,416 (0.28% of Total Expenses)

Plus $176,666 of Compensation from Affliates

Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations (BMF activity code: 602)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Donations to our organization declined by 18%. We applied for and received a PPP loan which allowed us to maintain our staff.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Due to social distancing we were unable to conduct any human subject in person programs. These programs are slowly starting up again.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We held fundraising events virtually including our Annual Sports Legends Dinner while we were unable to host in person events. We made available exercise and activities programs virtually via our website and social media to keep our constituents engaged and active during the time that we needed to remain socially distanced.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We intend to continue our virtual exercise and activity programs since they were so well received and can be accessed from any location.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212019 84.42
12/23/20202019 83.30

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

6/1/20192018 89.38
8/1/20182017 90.51
9/1/20172016 94.14
12/1/20162015 89.04
11/1/20162015 85.84
6/1/20162014 84.00
Rating Version: 2.0
10/1/20152014 88.37
7/1/20142013 87.69
10/1/20132012 72.95
5/1/20122011 82.02
9/20/20112010 68.40
Rating Version: 1.0
11/24/20102009 80.08
2/1/20092008 87.94
4/1/20082007 85.36
4/1/20072006 85.04
5/1/20062005 82.42
2/1/20052004 87.35

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,780,859

Spent in most recent FY

96%

Percent of program expenses


Raised Money for Research & Education


$51,963

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


Marketing & Public Relation


$37,040

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


Wheelchair Donation Program


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals. In 1985, Barth A. Green, MD and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick's son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, the Miami Project is the world's largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project's international team of more than 200 scientists and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis exists to rid the world of the devastation caused by spinal cord and brain injuries, allowing millions worldwide to walk again and regain lost function and abilities. The strategic goals that The Buoniconti Fund supports to help make that statement a reality is to raise the funds needed to ensure that the researchers at The Miami Project have the most cutting edge and effective tools in order to conduct and implement clinically relevant research studies, therefore leading to cures. The Buoniconti Fund also makes sure that the resources are in place for The Miami Project to retain and hire the leading minds in the neuroscience field. Finally, through innovative fundraising and awareness events and campaigns, The Buoniconti Fund keeps at the forefront the messaging that paralysis does not discriminate, and that through our efforts cures for spinal cord injuries can and must be found.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Raise funds to allow the expansion of Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury research and clinical trials.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Educating the public about Spinal Cord (SCI) and Brain Injury (TBI) Research Programs and clinical Trials. Work with Lobbyist to obtain Federal and State funding for SCI and TBI Research nationally.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: The Fund/Project evaluate research programs for efficacy towards our goal of improving the lives of those with SCI and TBI. At times, decisions are made to end an ineffective area of research .

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

At the Board Level, we provide updated scientific reports so they are up to date with current research.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Fund regularly engages in partnerships with other nonprofits to raise funds and awareness for the cause. The researchers supported by The Fund present at dozens of conferences around the world and publish in the neighborhood of two hundred peer reviewed research papers and manuscripts. Our education team participates in many spinal cord injury support group meetings and fields hundreds of calls, email and web inquiries about the care and treatment of loved ones. We offer a Summer Research Program to educate students about Neuroscience. The Fund utilizes marketing initiatives, like the Darrell Gwynn Wheelchair Challenge, to engage individuals and corporations in our cause as well as social media to provide information about SCI and TBI research. The Buoniconti Fund actively engages, through lobbyists and other counsel, local, state and federal policy makers to advocate for our cause. These efforts resulted in the creation of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


This past year and a half was a tremendous challenge for everyone. Those living with paralysis and their caregivers were exceptionally challenged to help their loved ones. A few major initiatives we undertook to keep our stakeholders and the scientific community informed and engaged was to completely revamp our website to make it easier to navigate and find information. Through our website and social media, we posted one on one interviews with our scientific team in order to share information about their research. We’ve also created an extensive video library that includes these interviews and many other pertinent scientific talks and presentations. The researchers also moved all of their in-person exercise and mobility sessions on-line so the paralysis community could continue to remain active, while they remained safe at home. Currently these are shared via the website and social media with sessions every day, and many days that have multiple offerings to help maintain activity levels. Many of these sessions were recorded over the past year so that there are always activities, live and recorded, available to those who want to participate. We’ve also distributed, in digital format, a home workout guide for our friends in wheelchairs and their loved ones. On the fundraising side, we initially moved most of our events to a virtual platform in order to remain connected to our supporters and friends, while continuing to raise the much needed funds to support the research efforts. Our longest standing and largest fundraiser, the Great Sports Legends Dinner, was successfully moved to the virtual platform last year and is scheduled to be produced in the same way this year. There were multiple other smaller fundraising events throughout the past 18 months that were also moved to the virtual realm with much success. We anticipate a hybrid approach to the events going forward until more is known about the latest direction of the pandemic and the safest ways to proceed.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Marc A Buoniconti

President

Nicholas A. Buoniconti III

Chairman

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Culture & Community Score

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The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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