Better Business Bureau Report for
Boys & Girls Country of Houston, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 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: Boys & Girls Country of Houston, Inc.
Address: 18806 Roberts Road
  Hockley, TX 77447-9339
Phone: 281-351-4976
Web Address:
Also known as:Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc.
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1971, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Boys & Girls Country of Houston, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. provides 24-hour care for up to 88 children in crisis between the ages of 5 and 18, primarily from the Greater Houston area. Boys and Girls Country also offers residential care, aftercare, and scholarships as needed for post high school education and training. Their 210-acre main campus, with 11 cottages, has the combined capacity to house 88 children--48 boys and 40 girls--at any given time. In the College and Career Program, an additional 19 in direct services. Students are currently followed through their college, military, or trade school careers each year. Boys and Girls Country has been a home to over 1,200 children from the greater Houston area in the past 40 years.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Boys & Girls Country of Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Residential Services 5,321,854
Total Program Expenses: $5,321,854
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Chief Executive : Louis Palma, MHD, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: J. R. Sult
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director of Dynegy Inc. and Director of Melior Technologies, Inc.

Board Size: 41

Paid Staff Size: 70

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,349,425, 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 Boys & Girls Country of Houston, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 2,869,374
Special Events 2,480,051
Other Income 355,107
Reimbursement for Care 270,877
Direct donor benefit costs -351,722
Total Income $5,623,687


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $5,623,687
Program expenses $5,321,854
Fund raising expenses 395,400
Administrative expenses 339,267
Total expenses $6,056,521
Expenses in Excess of Income (432,834)
Beginning net assets 23,895,963
Other Changes in Net Assets 573,320
Ending net assets 24,036,449
Total liabilities 513,297
Total assets $24,549,746

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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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