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Miracle Flights

We have a cure for distance.

two stars

76.73

5740 S. Eastern Ave Suite 240
Las Vegas, NV 89119
tel: (800) 359-1711   Web Site
EIN: 88-0209952

Board Leadership
Christopher Khorsandi, MD
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Mark E. Brown
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.73 two stars
  Financial 76.48 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Miracle Flights for Kids is to improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care; to promote awareness of our services through targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action.

The vision to help children and families in need of specialized care far from home came to fruition in the heart and mind of Miracle Flights for Kids founder Ann McGee. Thousands of donors and volunteers across the U.S. combined to make her vision a reality.

Miracle Flights for Kids has established itself as the nation's leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization, removing barriers to healthcare access and improve the quality of life for our children. Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights assures families with limited financial resources, that their sick child is not without options.

The mission of Miracle Flights for Kids is to improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care; to promote awareness of our services through targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action.

The vision to help children and families in need of specialized care far from home came to fruition in the heart and mind of Miracle Flights for Kids founder Ann McGee. Thousands of donors and volunteers across the U.S. combined to make her vision a reality.

Miracle Flights for Kids has established itself as the nation's leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization, removing barriers to healthcare access and improve the quality of life for our children. Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights assures families with limited financial resources, that their sick child is not without options.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

For nonprofits that run multiple programs, we highlight the impact of one program below.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Program Name: Miracle Flights
Program Activities
Miracle Flights provides financial assistance to patients with life-threatening, chronic or rare diseases.
Impact Statement
$400 provides $240 in financial assistance to a patient in need.
Impact Assessment
3/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments of financial assistance to patients programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive a 5/5 assessment if they increase income for a recipient by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a 4/5 assessment if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Miracle Flights.
Data Source
Output data collected during the program. Miracle Flights 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 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.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of November 2019, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

76.48

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
55.2%
  Administrative Expenses 29.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.29
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 10.18
  Program Expenses Growth 21.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Miracle Flights on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Miracle Flights on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Miracle Flights (NV) 76.73 two stars
Angel Flight West (CA) 91.36 four stars
Angel Flight Northeast (MA) 86.40 three stars
Mercy Medical Angels (VA) 91.16 four stars
Mercy Flight Central (NY) 88.23 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,239,279
   Federated Campaigns $1,165
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,240,444
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,240,444
   Other Revenue $3,030,532
TOTAL REVENUE $5,270,976
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,125,717
   Administrative Expenses $1,134,464
   Fundraising Expenses $466,326
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,726,507
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,544,469
   
Net Assets $44,214,241

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
Flights for Sick Kids $2,125,717 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-04 03/01/2019 76.73 two stars
2017-04 03/01/2018 26.93 zero star
2016-04 12/22/2017 26.93 zero star
2016-04 06/01/2017 26.17 zero star
2015-04 11/01/2016 24.60 zero star
2014-04 06/01/2016 76.51 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-04 11/01/2015 75.68 two stars
2014-04 08/01/2015 70.73 two stars
2013-04 03/01/2014 80.70 three stars
2013-04 02/01/2014 79.01 two stars
2012-04 02/01/2013 63.75 one star
2011-04 09/01/2012 63.72 one star
2011-04 05/01/2012 70.73 two stars
2010-04 09/20/2011 72.24 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-04 12/22/2010 68.18 one star
2009-04 06/01/2010 67.12 one star
2008-04 12/01/2008 78.36 two stars
2007-04 02/01/2008 72.77 two stars
2006-04 02/01/2007 71.60 two stars
2005-04 01/01/2006 61.47 one star

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

EIN 88-0209952
Name in IRS Master File MIRACLE FLIGHTS
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (158) Rescue and emergency service
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 January, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End April
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • April, 2018
  • April, 2017
  • April, 2016
  • April, 2015
  • April, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$344,642 9.24% Mark Brown CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Miracle Flights (NV) 76.73 two stars
Mercy Medical Angels (VA) 91.16 four stars
Mercy Flight Central (NY) 88.23 three stars
Angel Flight Northeast (MA) 86.40 three stars
Angel Flight West (CA) 91.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Miracle Flights
5740 S. Eastern Ave
Suite 240
Las Vegas, NV 89119
tel: (800) 359-1711
fax: (702) 261-0497
EIN: 88-0209952

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Board Leadership

Christopher Khorsandi, MD
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Mark E. Brown
Chief Executive Officer

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