After six years of operating as simply a nonprofit corporation in the state of Florida, Broken Hearts of Florida Inc. applied earlier this year for tax-exempt recognition from the Internal Revenue Service. It was an important step for if the organization wanted to move forward, grow and provide more programs, services and resources for its heart families.
Broken Hearts of Florida Inc. -- which supports, educates and connects families affected by congenital heart disease and other pediatric heart diseases -- received its Letter of Determination today from the Internal Revenue Service, declaring BHF tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to BHF are tax-deductible under section 170 of the Code. Further, BHF is considered a Public Charity by the IRS.
"We are thrilled to begin the next stage in our growth and in the services we're able to provide our heart families," said Kim Rooks, BHF's executive director of administration and finance, and mother to Taylor, who has a congenital heart defect.
Broken Hearts of Florida was founded in 2006 as a local support group, Broken Hearts of the Big Bend. It was established as a nonprofit corporation with the Division of Corporations with the State of Florida in 2007.
In late 2010, Broken Hearts of the Big Bend changed its name to Broken Hearts of Florida to reflect its growth. Broken Hearts has grown from just a handful of Big Bend Region families to more than 200 families from all across Florida, with concentrated membership throughout the Panhandle and North Central regions of the Sunshine State. We have three chapters -- Big Bend Region (Tallahassee and surrounding counties), Emerald Coast (Panama City and surrounding areas) and Central Florida (greater Gainesville and Ocala areas).
In the beginning, our services in the beginning consisted simply of occasional meetings and moral support. Today, Broken Hearts of Florida provides:
"Our families are the core of our organization," said Karen Thurston Chavez, CAE, BHF's executive director of operations and outreach. "We're looking forward to a fantastic 2013!"
For more information about Broken Hearts of Florida and to find out if there are Broken Hearts families in your area, contact us: