Better Business Bureau Report for
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2017

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Address: 55 W Wacker Drive Ste. 1100
  Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-214-1200
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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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 which is implemented through its two unique programs: Bear Hugs Program - Supports cancer patients (ages 0 –19), as well as their immediate families, that face the many challenges that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. Our outreach serves both in state and out of state children that are being treated at one of the nine major Chicago area hospitals with pediatric oncology departments. A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer. The Bear Hugs Program also provides immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs. Bear Discoveries - Each year, medical research grants are awarded nationwide primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation's program expenses were:

Program Services 1,459,560
Total Program Expenses: $1,459,560
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Chief Executive : Kathleen Casey, CEO/President/Founder

Chair of the Board: Susan A. Hallen
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: IP Management Solutions Manager

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 6

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,608,556, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Special Events and Other Fundraisers - Gross Revenue 994,023
Contributions 649,329
In-kind Contributions 267,623
Realized and Unrealized Gain on Investments 52,217
Net assets released from restrictions 28,708
Investment Income and Other Interest 20,782
Merchandise 2,675
Special Events and Other Fundraisers - Less Direct Expenditures -302,419
Total Income $1,712,938


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $1,712,938
Program expenses $1,459,560
Fund raising expenses 234,165
Administrative expenses 89,935
Total expenses $1,783,660
Expenses in Excess of Income (70,722)
Beginning net assets 1,670,388
Other Changes in Net Assets (86,794)
Ending net assets 1,583,594
Total liabilities 900,791
Total assets $2,484,385

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