Health—General & Rehabilitative

MOONLIGHT FUND INC

  • Bandera, TX
  • www.mooonlightfund.org

Mission Statement

Moonlight Fund assists burn survivors & their families with emotional, financial and in-kind support. Military, civilian, first responders and those whom have lost a loved one to a burn injury are all welcome to our support.
We serve the entire U.S.

Main Programs

  1. Moonlight Fund Retreat
  2. Patient & Family Assistance
  3. Caregiver's Program
  4. In-Kind Goods & Services
  5. Monthly Support Groups for Burn Survivors
  6. Patient Rehab & Aftercare
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Founded in 1998, our services initially included the Houston, Austin, Galveston and San Antonio areas. Due to the great needs in America for burn survivors and their families, we extended our services geographically by offering care to those in the entire U.S.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director since 1998

Self-reported

Mrs. Celia Belt

Development Director since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. HIllary Swindell

Keywords

Self-reported

burn surivor,burn support groupls, burn victim, blast, amputee, wounded Soldiers,retreats, burns, veterans, wounded Soldiers

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Moonlight Fund works with a modest overhead, passing through the majority of dollars raised to those we serve. Chosen as the top non-profit in the nation by the Fisher House / Newmans Own Foundation and recognized by many others for awards. We are humbled by the recognition. Yet, it is our care of others that gives us the most joy.

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EIN

74-3016074

 Number

4731069373

Physical Address

676 HIghgate Dr. P.O. Box 1299

Bandera, 78003 1299

Also Known As

The Moonlight Fund

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Our goals of providing services and programs to the burn community to assist with mental and physical health have been realized repeatedly over our nearly twenty years of support.. We see less suicides and family conflict. We are able to provide extended medical and counseling care. Our retreats do much to boost self esteem and offer a network for burn survivors to get to know one another.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Moonlight Fund Retreat

The Moonlight Fund began it's Retreat Program in 2007, at the request the lead caseworker on the burn unit at B.A.M.C. We knew that we needed a retreat that offered appropriate activities and a chance for attendees and their families to heal and mingle with others going through the same thing. We chose the peace and quite of the Texas Hill Country. There are set schedules, attendees area allowed to choose those activities that are most beneficial to them., they have had enough schedules with their injury care. The retreats have become so popular that they book out days after being posted. Of all the care and programs we have developed over the last 18 years, it is the retreats that offer the most healing for burn survivors and their families. In 2012 Moonlight Fund was chosen as the top non-profit in the country by Fisher House / Newmans Own, specifically for our healing retreats.We have been hosting this program long enough to see what a difference it makes in the lives of our attendees. The film ,"Present Day" was also made of the retreats, the film includes interviews with some of our attendees. We see absolute miracles at these outings. Husbands and wives re-connect, children, many for the first time since the accident have true "play time" with their parents. It's also a chance to hand out important information on sister organizations and the help available in our community.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Military/Veterans

Budget

57,100

Program 2

Patient & Family Assistance

The Moonlight Fund  has been providing patient and family assistance since 1998. We provide emergency services such as airfare, lodging and meals. Long term we provide emotional and financial assistance for wound care, counseling, and housing during treatment. Emotional support takes place on the medical unit, working with the families from the start of their recovery process, and seeing them through recovery.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Military/Veterans

Budget

49,225

Program 3

Caregiver's Program

Caregivers many times find themselves without the emotional support they badly need while their loved one is on the burn unit. They also need assistance with travel, clothing and food. We provide all of the above and more to our caregivers. Many times we encourage the caregiver to leave the burn unit and get out in the light. This is hard for many,but we have seen an increase in health to the caregiver by spending time "off site". A manicure , massage or luncheon spent with MLF staff or volunteers is beneficial to their well being.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Female Adults

Budget

12,193

Program 4

In-Kind Goods & Services

MLF has several retail and medical partners that contribute their goods and services for this program. We distribute clothing, household goods, appliances , and home modification goods. We host "Ladies Days" at the Wounded Warriors & Family Assistance Center on Fort Sam.
We have furnished several homes of those who have lost everything in a fire and those who relocate to the area to be near medical care. Medial, psychiatric & rehabilitation services are provided pro-bono to those we serve.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

146,000

Program 5

Monthly Support Groups for Burn Survivors

Each month we host a burn survivors social. We have a wonderful venue, a pool table, two pools and a full kitchen are at our disposal. Attendees are welcome to bring their family members. We also enjoy bowling, movies, dinners and special events as part of our social outings.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

$0.00

Program 6

Patient Rehab & Aftercare

MLF offers no cost ongoing rehabilitative care. Many of those we serve are without insurance or under- insured. Occupational and physical rehabilitation therapies are all provided at no cost to those we serve. Counseling, burn compression garments and wound care supplies are also made available.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

79,000

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goals for for the futures would include increasing the number of patients and families served by 30% each year. There are many factors that will contribute to this growth. By going national in 2016 with our programs and services to burn survivors. We will also have more of a digital & social media presence with the addition of ACA Digital taking us on board pro-bono. They are developing a new logo, web site and collateral materials for the fund. We also plan on expanding our retreat program to four a year. This year we have plans to raise the funds necessary to compensate our staff adequately and hire a full time admin.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To begin with, the Moonlight Fund, Inc. has recently added to our board several new members. They join our already dedicated and knowledgeable board. Thier combined expertise includes public relations, marketing, accounting, business management, social media and non -profit experience. In addition, we are now hosting an annual gala fundraiser & a music festival to benefit the fund, as well as consistently obtaining new foundation and corporate donors . With the new growth and revenue , our hope is to have the ability to hire more staff members in the future and expand on benefits currently offered. In 2016 we are officially launching enter providing our services to the entire U.S. June ,2016 is our launch date, media interviews and visits to burn centers are all on the agenda for 2016. In addition, our co-founder will increase the number her number ofspeaking engagements.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are capable of doing all with the dynamic board and current donors we have. By going national, we also open the door to national donors, both foundation and corporate. We have the support of the medical community. We have a solid base of accounting support and experienced volunteers. Our co-founders, Henry Coffeen lll & Celia Belt are making themselves available wherever they are needed to assist with this expansion. We have a solid template for providing services and raising funds for our mission. We recognize, the need for increased staff and the additional hours required of current staff & volunteers to accomplish this expansion.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We'll measure our success by the lives we touch. Progress can easily be measured by the number served, the results achieved among them and the data we can collect from across the country. Another tangible element to our success will be the number of new donors we bring on with our expansion.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 1998 Moonlight Fund has assisted approximately 4,100 burn survivors and thier families.We have seen many flourish with the assistance of our organization. Advanced rehabilitation treatments, financial and emotional assistance have been increased in past years. Our retreats reach capacity in a matter of days. All who attend have an opportunity to talk with individuals who have endured similar injuries and experiences , aiding in their recovery and acceptance. What we have not accomplished, is the raising of the funds to help sustain our mission with the proper number of staff and operating expenses. We have honestly, always been more dedicated to seeking out funds for those we serve. We are, however, at a point of needing additional funds in this area. Our Co-Founder / Executive Director works tirelessly and only recently accepted a salary of 10,900 a year. She has been dedicated to this cause since 1998. A fine example of her commitment is the fact that she answers her phone, 24/7 for any burn survivor in need of help, she also makes many late night and off hours trips to burn units to be with families in need of sorting out the emotions and harsh realities they face when a loved one is burned. We have a development director that is equally as dedicated. The daughter of a burn survivor, she has an emotional stake in our mission.Our volunteer administrative, the wife of a military burn survivor assistant provides a tremendous amount of help to the fund, it is our goal to raise the funds to hire her on as an employee in the near future. We have a wonderful organization,with much recognition and awards to our efforts. We have every confidence that we will become a more balanced organization and meet the needs of many.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Founded in 1998, our services initially included the Houston, Austin, Galveston and San Antonio areas. Due to the great needs in America for burn survivors and their families, we extended our services geographically by offering care to those in the entire U.S.

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Funding Needs

Emergency housing for families. Rehab services, psych and social services. Funding for 11 retreats per year. We hope to aquire funding to expand retreats to 12 a year, Long term housing assistance, during out patient care.In 2013 we are introducing our Cargivers program. Many of our caregivers have given up homes, jobs and thier life in general, to care for a loved one with a burn or blast injury. The program includes retreats, referrals, and assistance with child care.

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MOONLIGHT FUND INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Celia Belt

Development Director

Ms. HIllary Swindell

BIO

“My mission is to let fellow burn survivors know they are not alone. I want to offer a hug, a smile, and a heart that cares. It is crucial to educate the public about the needs of burn survivors and their families as well as the services available to them. We are here to care for burn survivors, their families and those who have lost a loved one to a burn injury."
Celia Belt is the co-founder of the Moonlight Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial, emotional and in-kind assistance to burn and blast survivors and their families. A burn survivor herself, Celia noticed the need for care and support for burn survivors throughout the country, and, along with Henry Coffeen III, she started the charity in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas. Since then, the organization has helped countless families across the state of Texas. In 2016, Celia's goal is to expand the Moonlight Fund's footprint to the entire country.

Celia is in charge of grant writing, event planning and fundraising for The Moonlight Fund. Additionally, she works hand-in-hand with staff members, attends monthly board meetings and coordinates all activities and meetings involving partners and sponsors. Celia also provides support to burn survivors and their families by visiting them at the hospital and by providing them with information, and access to funding. She also organizes and executes award-winning healing retreats for burn survivors and her families.

Before starting The Moonlight Fund, Celia spent 8 years in commercial and residential real estate. She received many awards in this field, including top producer, top agent and rookie of the year. Celia also spent 7 years as a national sales manager for food manufacturer VanHoltens where she successfully led a team of 40 people nationwide in the development of marketing, branding, sales and new product introduction. During her time at the company she increased distribution from 7 to 31 states.
Celia has served as a public speaker for the Moonlight Fund and other organizations. In 2012, she was invited to speak at the Pentagon on behalf of the Moonlight Fund, when the charity was named the top non-profit in the country and given the Fisher House/Newman's Own Award for improving the quality of life of military members and their families. Her audience included key military members like General Martin E. Demsey and Admiral Winnefeld.

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, and now a Bandera, Texas resident, Celia has published various articles in prominent publications including San Antonio Medical Magazine, Dallas Safari Club and others. Celia is a member of the Phoenix Society, a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury.

When Celia is not caring for burn survivors or writing grants, she enjoys spending time with her three children Justin, Jarred and Hillary. She is a bull riding fan and currently sponsors two young bull riders from Bandera, Texas. She

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Since childhood I have managed with the social and physical impact of my burn injuries. I am totally committed to easing some of this stress for those experiencing the same. Burns are treated differently by society and I hope that we can ease some of the pain associated with this type of injury. burn injuries are for a lifetime. Burn survivors need medical , physiological and emotional support for many years following the injury.
Although I understand that in the non-profit world organizations such as ours should focus on and limit their giving to just a couple of needs, I do not have the heart to turn down a valid request. Those we serve have multiple needs. There are several fine burn survivors support organizations here in the U.S. yet, I have not yet found a sister organization that supplies all such a broad base of needs to those we serve. We work closely with many of those to co-ordinate assistance. We founded the fund due to the lack of support in our area. With the increased number of requests nationwide we have decided to offer our programs and assistance across the nation."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Catrina Kendrick

Catrina's Ranch Interiors

Term: Dec 2015 - Nov 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We have a well balanced board, consisting of many business owners and philanthropists. Two of our board members are burn survivors as is our executive director. This gives us insight into the needs of those we serve. Both professional and ethnic diversity are important to our ability to serve at the highest level possible.