Better Business Bureau Report for
Da Camera of Houston

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 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: Da Camera of Houston
Address: 1427 Branard
  Houston, TX 77006
Phone: 713-524-7601
Web Address:
Also known as:Da Camera Society of Texas, Inc.
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1987, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Da Camera Society of Texas, Inc.'s mission is to produce and present concert experiences with a commitment to quality and innovation while broadening the audience for chamber music, jazz, and contemporary music.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Da Camera of Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Da Camera Society of Texas, Inc., founded in 1987, was created in response to concerns about the dwindling audience for classical music in America with the intention to produce a series of thematically programmed concerts designed to attract new listeners to the concert hall. By bringing together American and international musicians, specifically selected for each program, Da Camera concerts offer a range of repertoire and musical styles. In the 2012-2013 season, Da Camera presented over 100 events, representing over 350 hours in the community reaching over 10,000 children and adults.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Da Camera of Houston's program expenses were:

Artistic program expenses 1,316,129
Total Program Expenses: $1,316,129
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Chief Executive : Sarah Rothenberg , Artistic and General Director

Chair of the Board: Laura Buss Sayavedra, President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Spectra Energy Partners, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 10

*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 29% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,253,063, 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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The following information is based on Da Camera of Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants 666,460
Contributions 388,315
Admissions 333,290
Assets released from restrictions 225,000
Special events 198,288
Net realized/unrealized gain on investments 96,347
Interest income and other 57,642
Performance fees 34,935
Total Income $2,000,277


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 70%  Fund Raising: 19%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $2,000,277
Program expenses $1,316,129
Fund raising expenses 363,095
Administrative expenses 217,720
Total expenses $1,896,944
Income in Excess of Expenses 103,333
Beginning net assets 2,929,724
Ending net assets 3,312,318
Total liabilities 168,776
Total assets $3,481,094

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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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