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Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office)

CharityWatch report issued
October 2020

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office)
400 Corporate Pointe
Suite 590
Culver City, CA 90230

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Starlight delivers happiness to seriously ill children and their families.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 81%

The percentage of Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $7

How many dollars Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Starlight Children's Foundation IRS Form 990 95-3802159
Starlight Children's Foundation Audited Financial Statements 95-3802159
Entity: Starlight Children's Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-3802159
Entity: Starlight Children's Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 95-3802159

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office)
meets governance benchmarks.
Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Christopher Helfrich CEO $361,293
2 William Misenhimer CFO $203,987
3 Amy Stillion Senior VP, Partnerships $173,979
Name: Christopher Helfrich
Title: CEO
Compensation: $361,293
Name: William Misenhimer
Title: CFO
Compensation: $203,987
Name: Amy Stillion
Title: Senior VP, Partnerships
Compensation: $173,979

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office) is for the U.S. based 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #95-3802159). The rating does not include the financial activities of the Foundation's affiliate organizations.

According to the Starlight Children's Foundation audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 1, Organization):

"Starlight Children's Foundation also provides ongoing programs throughout the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia through international affiliates (International Affiliates). Affiliate agreements entered into between each International Affiliate and the Foundation provide for common purposes and policy direction.

"The accompanying [audited] financial statements were prepared to present the financial information of Starlight Children's Foundation (referred to herein as the 'Foundation') in the United States. The Foundation has agreements with International Affiliates in Australia, UK, and Canada. These affiliates operate independently, and the Foundation does not exercise control, nor does it have economic interests in the International Affiliates. Therefore, the financial results of the International Affiliates are not consolidated into the accompanying [audited] financial statements [of the Foundation]..."

According to the Starlight Children's Foundation audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 6, Contributed Goods, Services, and Use of Facilities), the Foundation reports receiving in-kind goods, services, and use of facilities in 2018 on which it placed a total value of $5,978,164.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Starlight Children's Foundation audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 2 re: Contributions and pledges receivable):

"The Foundation had three donors which made up 71% of total contributions for the year ended December 31, 2018."

According to the Starlight Children's Foundation audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 9, Related Party Transactions):

"The accounts of the Foundation's International Affiliates in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada are not included in the [Foundation's audited] 2018 financial statements. During 2018, the Foundation provided Starlight Fun Center units to its Canadian affiliate and received related revenue totaling $68,385..."

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