Better Business Bureau Report for
Amigos de las Americas

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2015

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: Amigos de las Americas
Address: 5618 Star Lane
  Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 782-5290
Web Address:
Also known as:AMIGOS
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1965, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Amigos de las Americas meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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AMIGOS helps prepare the leaders of tomorrow, while serving rural Latin American communities today. Over the past 40 years, AMIGOS has sent more than 20,000 high school and college age students to Latin America to work on community development and service projects. While in Latin America, Volunteers live and work with host families, collaborating with their local host community on a wide array of health, education and environmental projects and taking on a high level of responsibility. AMIGOS’ projects involve a close collaboration between youth participants, a vigorous network of international partner agencies, and members of the communities we serve. AMIGOS has many long-standing partnerships and is highly respected for its community-focused programs and hard-working youth. AMIGOS service projects in Latin America focus on a wide range of issues, including: Agricultural Development, Community Sanitation, Dental Hygiene, Environmental Education, Family Nutrition, Health Education, School Renovations, Youth Group Formation and Collaboration, and Leadership Development Each AMIGOS project is designed and implemented in close collaboration with partner agencies at the local and national level, creating a network of ideas and shared efforts that help to appropriately address the needs of our host communities. In 2012, AMIGOS thirteen summer projects in ten countries included 687 volunteers, 888 Latin American Youth as full program participants, 150 Project staff, 45 community based initiatives, and 25 Bevil Grants.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Amigos de las Americas's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Sara Nathan, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Scott Roberts, Chairman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 45

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,896,121, 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  
Volunteer Contributions 2,905,907
Other contributions 644,820
Federal grant revenue 304,976
Interest and other income 148,245
Special events (revenues of $48,174 less expenses of $3,657) 40,418
Total Income $4,044,366


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $4,044,366
Program expenses $4,109,680
Fund raising expenses 404,408
Administrative expenses 151,071
Total expenses $4,665,159
Expenses in Excess of Income (620,793)
Beginning net assets 2,438,520
Ending net assets 2,105,704
Total liabilities 816,078
Total assets $2,921,782

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

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