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Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it

two stars

79.38

55 West Wacker Drive Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
tel: (312) 214-1200   Web Site
EIN: 36-3874655

Board Leadership
Tim Mauery
Chairperson

CEO
Kathleen A. Casey
CEO, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.38 two stars
  Financial 70.85 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization founded in 1992 and has been actively contributing to children stricken with cancer. Bear Necessities' mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. The foundation has two main programs: the Bear Hugs Program is designed to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients by granting special requests to them and to ease the burdens of the families through assistance with some of the immediate needs that they may be facing while fighting this physically, emotionally, and financially devastating disease. Each year the Bear Discoveries program awards medical research grants nationally, primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization founded in 1992 and has been actively contributing to children stricken with cancer. Bear Necessities' mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. The foundation has two main programs: the Bear Hugs Program is designed to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients by granting special requests to them and to ease the burdens of the families through assistance with some of the immediate needs that they may be facing while fighting this physically, emotionally, and financially devastating disease. Each year the Bear Discoveries program awards medical research grants nationally, primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.

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Financial

two stars

70.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
70.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.96
  Program Expenses Growth -5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation (IL) 79.38 two stars
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona (AZ) 88.26 three stars
Family House (CA) 96.66 four stars
Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota (MN) 87.18 three stars
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville (FL) 94.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,288,483
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $770,095
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,058,578
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,058,578
   Other Revenue $-100,288
TOTAL REVENUE $1,958,290
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,080,336
   Administrative Expenses $335,766
   Fundraising Expenses $399,072
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,815,174
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $143,116
   
Net Assets $1,837,480

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Supporting Cancer Patients and Their Families $688,655 63.7%
Medical Research Grants $381,681 35.3%
Support Service Grants $10,000 0.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2020 79.38 two stars
2018-06 05/01/2019 81.66 three stars
2018-06 03/01/2019 81.00 three stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 83.99 three stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 82.22 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 81.49 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 84.91 three stars
2015-06 03/01/2016 83.02 three stars
2014-06 10/01/2015 88.11 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 90.70 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 88.31 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 87.00 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2013 90.92 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 90.49 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 89.30 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.64 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 03/01/2011 84.62 three stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 85.52 three stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 90.59 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-3874655
Name in IRS Master File BEAR NECESSITIES PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION
NTEE Code H30
NTEE Classification Cancer Research
NTEE Type Medical Research
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$134,543 7.41% Kathleen Casey CEO, President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation (IL) 79.38 two stars
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (CA) 85.49 three stars
Georgia Transplant Foundation (GA) 91.36 four stars
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga (TN) 87.78 three stars
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska (WA) 90.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
55 West Wacker Drive
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
tel: (312) 214-1200
fax: (312) 214-7797
EIN: 36-3874655

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Board Leadership

Tim Mauery
Chairperson

CEO

Kathleen A. Casey
CEO, Founder

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