Better Business Bureau Report for
Crime Stoppers of Houston, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Crime Stoppers of Houston, Inc.
Address: 3001 Main Street
  Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-521-4600
Web Address:
Also known as:Crime Stoppers of Houston
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Crime Stoppers of Houston's mission is to solve and prevent crime in the Greater Houston area in partnership with citizens, media, and the criminal justice system.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Crime Stoppers of Houston, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1981, Crime Stoppers has assisted the many diverse communities of Houston by providing citizens access to our anonymous cash reward crime tip line, 713-222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers receives the callers’ information about unsolved crimes and fugitives, and forwards it to law enforcement. When the information leads to the arrest of a suspect, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000. As a resource to report criminal activity, Crime Stoppers is the eyes and ears of law enforcement in the community. In 2011, Crime Stoppers' tips resulted in the arrest of 741 suspects and solved 855 crimes.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Crime Stoppers of Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Programs 2,645,811
Total Program Expenses: $2,645,811
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Chief Executive : Rania Mankarious, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Fenner Weller
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Weller, Anderson, Cheneviere & Co.

Board Size: 35

Paid Staff Size: 8

*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, membership
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,173,040, 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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Source of Funds  
In-kind donations 1,798,034
Special events 450,719
Court and supplemental rewards 445,490
Other Contributions 390,109
Investment return 184,270
Court administrative funds 112,075
Memberships 111,126
Government grants 11,960
Direct donor benefit costs -146,473
Total Income $3,357,310


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $3,357,310
Program expenses $2,645,811
Fund raising expenses 368,702
Administrative expenses 208,771
Total expenses $3,223,284
Income in Excess of Expenses 134,026
Beginning net assets 4,390,408
Ending net assets 4,524,434
Total liabilities 1,115,658
Total assets $5,640,092

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<p>The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.</p>

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