Mission:

TO PROVIDE A COMMUNITY OF HEALING, HOPE, AND LIGHT THROUGHOUT THE LIFE-LONG JOURNEY OF CHILDHOOD CANCER.

 www.candlelightersoregon.org
 |  6600 SW 92ND AVE STE 160 Portland OR 97223-7193

Candlelighters for Children With Cancer is headquartered in Portland, OR, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 93-0682416.  Donations are tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1977.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Overall Score
BETA

90

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score. This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, with the organization's Impact & Results score contributing 60% of the overall score, while its Finance & Accountability score contributes 40%.

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...   Finance & Accountability


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.


Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

75

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V2 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

13/13

Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

1.83%

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

$729,997

Total Revenue

We do not evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V2. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.


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Finance & Accountability Report

75

of 100 points (BETA)

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

81.14%

Higher effect on score

More data  


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

13/13 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review or Financial Audit

No Review/Audit

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.83%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of the highest compensated employees listed on page 7 of the IRS Form 990. This compensation data is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting here.

JACKIE GROAH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$73,061


CHRIS KRAMER, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

$63,964


BEN TALLMAN, DIRECTOR

$0


CAROL CROOKE, DIRECTOR

$0


BRIAN MAHER, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990, filing year 2018

Business Master File Data

The Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) includes cumulative information the IRS collects and displays for all exempt organizations. The data is updated monthly. Below are some key data points from the BMF for this organization. View information about the BMF on the IRS website here.


Activities:

Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy) (BMF activity code: 125)

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 IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$590 provides $530 in financial assistance to a patient.


Framework

Impact Analysis

We use impact analysis to rate service delivery nonprofits. We are developing new frameworks for assessing advocacy, systems change and similar nonprofits.


Data Collector

ImpactMatters


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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Financial Assistance for Medical Conditions

Activities

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer provides financial assistance to patients with cancer.

Program Type

Financial Assistance for Patients with Medical Conditions

Beneficiaries Served

People with illnesses; People with cancer

Program Geography

OR and WA

Time Period of Data

1/1/18 to 12/31/18


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits.

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

Increase in income for a patient with medical conditions


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Output data collected during the program. Candlelighters For Children With Cancer publicly reports data on the dollar value of all financial assistance provided to patients, which we use to calculate the additional income received.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the dollar amount of financial assistance attributable to the nonprofit by comparing the financial assistance given by the nonprofit to the financial assistance that would have been provided in the absence of the nonprofit (the "counterfactual"). In this case, we estimate the counterfactual to be zero based on two assumptions. First, we assume there is functionally no upper limit to the amount of cash transfers that continue to be valuable to patients as they are far from reaching the point of diminishing marginal returns, such that aid provided by one nonprofit does not displace aid provided by another. Second, we assume that nonprofits work independently and do not coordinate the provision of aid to the same patient. As a result, all aid provided by the nonprofit to patients with medical conditions can be directly attributable to the nonprofit.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Cost data reported by Candlelighters for Children With Cancer and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.


Cost Calculation

$102,672 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $102,672 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$102,672 total costs / 91,000 of financial assistance provided = roughly $600 provides $500 in financial assistance to a patient.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of financial assistance to patients programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they increase income for a recipient by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a score of 75 if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Highly cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Why We Could Be Wrong


  • The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using "dollars of financial assistance" as the metric of analysis does not capture potential improvement in patients' health due to lower stress and better treatment adherence. However, there is limited evidence to support such health effects so we limit our analysis to the amount of assistance provided.
  • There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
  • The nonprofit may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
  • In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
  • Our estimates rely on data made public by the nonprofit on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
  • We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of the nonprofit.
  • We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of Candlelighters for Children With Cancer to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Candlelighters for Children With Cancer reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$435,357

Spent in most recent FY

78%

Percent of program expenses


FAMILY CAMPS, CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES, OUTREACH PROGRAMS, EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS, AND OTHER INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER PATIENTS, CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS, AND THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS THE  ... (More)


$110,545

Spent in most recent FY

19%

Percent of program expenses


EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND WHO, BECAUSE OF THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION AND THEIR CHILD'S MEDICAL CONDITION, ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICU ... (More)


$7,500

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE EITHER CURRENT CANCER PATIENTS OR CANCER SURVIVORS TO HELP THEM WITH TUITION AND OTHER POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION EXPENSES.


GuideStar Seal of Trans­parency

Gold


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Note: GuideStar Seals do not effect the nonprofit’s Impact & Results Score.


What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The financial and emotional impact of childhood cancer can be enormous. 2 out of 4 families report considerable to severe household debt as a result of the child's cancer care. 33% of families state that one adult in their household stopped working completely. 6 out of 10 families with children with cancer reported spending between $1,000 and $10,000 a year on non-medical expenses. Through the generosity and gifts of foundations, partners and donors, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer helps families by providing: Emergency Financial Assistance to as many as 200 families, $500 annually to help with recurring bills when a family is grappling with childhood cancer; since 2002 A weekend away from treatment through our annual Candlelighters Family C since 2002 Scholarships for college age students who have battled or are battling cancer; since 1993 In hospital hot-catered meals and snacks for as many as 2,000 people annually; since the 1990s Peer support and networking though monthly family activities and programs; since 1980s.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our Strategic Plan focuses on both program and organizational growth, in order to effectively serve families while being financially secure and sustainable. Staff and our Board of Directors meet regularly to re-evaluate existing programs and develop new ones. Our current focus is on creating a new Teen Program/Mentorship Program. In addition to program development, our goal is to build infrastructure in order to grow Candlelighters from a grassroots nonprofit into a strategically focused, efficiently run, donor-centric, high impact organization. To accomplish this, we worked with experts to implement a multifaceted strategic reorganization. This includes the development and implementation of a 1, 2, 3 and 5 year strategic fundraising, marketing and program enhancement plan. We also are focused on a fundraising event audit and strategy, and database optimization plan. Board development and training, along with communications and website-redevelopment are also a key areas of focus. Our new website is up and running: www.candlelightersoregon.org


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

We are very capable of meeting our goals. We have completed our Strategic Plan. We have the support of local experts and the dedication of our staff and board of directors, and we are setting ourselves up for success.


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Program development progress will be seen through the feedback we receive from the families we support, and the medical professionals who help support us. We regularly reach out to get feedback about our programs and services. The success of our Strategic Plan will be seen in the funding that results from our increased efforts to organize and expand our community of support.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

We are in year one of our adopted Strategic Plan. Mandate committees comprised of staff, Board members, and outside community supporters have begun meeting and planning for 2017-2018. Infrastructure building is currently taking place and you can see our new website at www.candlelightersoregon.org. We are currently working on improving programs, creating a robust volunteer and internship program, securing financial stability, and creating new and lifelong partnerships.



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...   Leadership & Adaptability


Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and the ability to readily innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization’s mission.


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...   Culture & Community


Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s people operations, its engagement with the constituents served, and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) measures.


Culture & Community Score (BETA)

Coming Soon

Encompass Rating Beta V2 does not provide an evaluation of the organization's culture and community. Beta V3 will provide an evaluation of Constituent Feedback and Listening Practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community. Other measures will be added later in the year.


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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Community & Culture.

Why It Matters


Like the Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as relevant metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.