Overcome Birth Defects Inc
4702 26th St W
BRADENTON FL 34207-1024

Overcome believes empowering those with disabilities is important and strives to connect those with disabilities and their families with resources, referrals and medical providers in the community. Overcome Birth Defects provides referral services and links to the medical community for those who are disabled.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Sandra Horne
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Oct 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Increased our support base through social media and news media coverage.
Increased awareness of Overcome through a community awareness campaign rooted in area hospitals and Easter Seals of Southwest Florida.
Successfully implemented two new programs: Teddy Bear Care and A Little Love.
Formed relationships with Sarasota Memorial Hospital's NICU and Manatee Memorial's Emergency Department.
To increase donor base so children who are in needs of medical accessories may be eligible to receive financial assistance.
To increase assistance to children with disabilities.
To complete a child's full physical, financial and emotional needs/wishes. 
To introduce a referral system to parents of disabled children which provides medical and therapeutic outlets. 
Needs Statement
1. Financial support - $10,000 for the year
2. Media awareness
3. Community support (increase attention to the needs of children with disabilities)
4. Fundraising support (volunteers)
5. Volunteers with nonprofit experience
Background Statement

My husband asked me when I first brought up the idea of Overcome Birth Defects what I hoped to achieve by starting a nonprofit. My reason was quite simple: to help children. Through Overcome Birth Defects my goal is to provide resources to adults and toys to children.

We have also begun two new programs this past year: Teddy Bear Care and A Little Love.  Teddy Bear Care links parents to groups and medical resources to help parents understand their child's disability.  A Little Love strives to bridge the gap between the older sibling and the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit.


I was born with several congenital birth defects that have in part shaped who I am today. I spent my childhood visiting doctors, specialists, clinics, and hospitals. Vacations and holidays were spent in hospitals undergoing various surgeries to help correct or make my birth defects functional. I remember the feeling of dread as a holiday approached because it meant pain and a holiday spent recovering from surgery.

So why start a nonprofit? I felt more in control when I had the ability to research and learn about my choices in regards to my medical care. I also recall the joy when the Big Apple Circus and the NYFD would come through the children's wing and pass out toys. It is my belief that a person with a birth defect or a parent whose child has a birth defect should not have to feel alone, isolated or clueless as to where to start researching or sharing their experiences/feelings. Children who are in the hospital should have a toy to help reduce the anxiety, stress, and pain of treatments being administered.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Secondary Org Type Health Care
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I became involved with this organization because it gives back to the community on a grassroots level.  The Founder and the Board are volunteers and receive no compensation for the work they do.  Seeing the smiles on children's faces when they realize they do not forget makes this position meaningful to me.
The founder, Christina, was born with several congenital birth defects that resulted in her spending numerous hours in doctors offices, hospitals, and outpatient centers. She decided to pursue a career in Maternal and Child Health/ Community and Family Health due to her experiences with birth defects. Christina holds a Doctorate of Professional Studies from Albany Medical College's Alden March Bioethics Institute with a focus on Health Policy and Ethics. Christina also graduated from University of South Florida's College of Public Health with a Master of Public Health Degree in Community and Family Health specializing in Maternal and Child Health. She also has a Master of Science in Bioethics from Albany Medical College's Alden March Bioethics Institute. She has dedicated her career to helping mothers and children in need. Christina has worked in Southwest Florida for over twelve years 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Overcome Birth Defects is the only non-profit serving the needs of parents informed that their child has a disability.  We provide medical and therapeutic referrals to help the parents understand and talk with others who have experience with a particular disability.  Providing referrals to those who can assist parents of children with disabilities is important to me because I understand, as a disabled person, how important it is to know and understand the nature of a disability.  

Description How to find medical help for your child. Many parents are not aware of the medical services which are available to their children, or they need help accessing those services. We provide medical referrals as well as funds to parents of children who are disabled.  By partnering parents with medical resources and support groups, parents can better understand their child's disability.
Budget $500
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success By being able to provide referrals to resources and parental groups those who are learning about their child's disability are better able to understand and enhance their child's well-being.  After receiving a Teddy Bear with referrals, a parent can then seek out the necessary medical services while also sharing and learning with other parents who have children with the same disability.  Through the program, A Little Love parents who have a neonatal baby can now work with an older sibling on understanding their sibling's needs and health issues.
Long Term Success Parents have an easy reference guide which provides service referrals in one quick step because of Teddy Bear Care.  The availability of a handbook has increased awareness of medical services, the potential needs a child will have and access to parental groups so they may share their experiences with others.  A Little Love has provided a way for parents to build a bridge between siblings while also involving the older sibling in the new baby's care.
Program Success Monitoring Surveys and interviews with medical staff.
Program Success Examples A family was told their unborn child would be born with Downs Syndrome.  After learning this, they were unsure of where to go for help or what to do to ensure their child's growth and development.  They were put in touch with Overcome Birth Defects and given a Teddy Bear.  The brochure helped guide the parents through the difficult news and provided them access to information which they were then able to translate into care for their child.
Description A Little Love bridges the gap between an older sibling and a preemie.  The program provides a gift from the preemie to the older child which allows for conversation between the parents and child discussing the well-being of the younger sibling.  A Little Love also provides books for parents to read to the babies as they fight to grow stronger.
Budget $5,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success A Little Love began in December 2016.  As of this date, it has provided gifts to 20 children.
Long Term Success To be followed.
Program Success Monitoring Interviews with medical staff.
Program Success Examples Too new to have data.
Program Comments by Organization Often parents are unaware of programs which exist to help aid their child.  It is the program's goal to not only increase awareness but to help link parents with the appropriate medical and psychological/therapeutic organizations to help their child thrive.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 3
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization Volunteers run Overcome Birth Defects.  The biggest issue we face is expanding our reach into the community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Sandra Horne
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email overcomebirthdefects@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Brenda Hallberg Community Volunteer
Sandra Horne Community Volunteer
Katie Rubin Community Volunteer
Christina Sisti Founder
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Capital Campaign
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization With the creation of a Governance Committee Selection Criteria, we can include selection criteria in our decision-making process.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,897$600$500
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.373.833.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,700Contributions, gifts, grants $2,300Contributions, gifts, grants $1,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $1,7920 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We are exploring revenue-generating ideas.  The hardest part is creating awareness of our organization within the community.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the unaudited compilations.  No balance sheet information has been provided.
Nonprofit Overcome Birth Defects Inc
Address 4702 26th St W
BRADENTON, FL 34207 1024
Phone 941 932-5361