Better Business Bureau Report for
Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 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: Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc.
Address: 8100 Washington Avenue, Suite 120
  Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-688-6262
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1948, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Boys & Girls Harbor is to provide healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For children who are experiencing family hardship, neglect, abandonment or abuse, the Harbor provides a family environment in a home setting. Through its programs, the Harbor strives to help children learn to overcome self-destructive patterns, break cycles of abuse, develop social skills, learn responsibility, and work towards becoming healthy, happy, and productive members of society.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. provides residential care for children, ages 5 to 18, who are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or family hardship. The program provides food, clothing, shelter, counseling, healthcare, recreational opportunities, and a stable family environment. In 2014, the Boys and Girls Harbor provided a home and promoted the welfare for 100 dependent, neglected, and homeless children between the ages of 5 and 18 during the year. Supplemental programs and activities include: • Transitional Living Program: Kids who stay at the Harbor until they reach the age of 16 have the opportunity to participate in the Transitional Living Program, which teaches them the life skills they will need to become independent, self-sufficient adults before graduating from high school. • Athletic Program: Gives each boy and girl the chance to develop as a team player and as an individual. Each year, about 35 children from the Harbor participate in the national Home Olympics program, a special competition for youngsters living in homes like the Harbor. • 4-H Farm Program: Children work in teams to raise and take care of various animals, and each commitment lasts about four months. Feeding, bathing and grooming the animals must be done as well as cleaning the pens and sweeping and shoveling the stalls. Animals are shown at the La Porte and Pasadena Livestock shows. • Annual Summer Trip: The children, accompanied by their house parents and administrative staff, spend three nights and four days seeing new destinations, participating in recreational activities and visiting educational and historic sites in Texas. • Host Family Program: Most Harbor residents spend every other weekend and holidays with their volunteer host family, local families who invite the kids into their homes to experience all of the things that families do together, including going to sporting events, barbecuing in the backyard, and attending church.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Don P. Sweat, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Gladney B. Darroh, Chairman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Piper-Morgan Associates Personnel Consultants

Board Size: 42

Paid Staff Size: 28

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,565,278, 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 and Girls Harbor, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,659,087
Government contract fees 546,100
Special events: Revenue 470,222
Other income 30,388
Investment return, net 4,096
Special events: Cost of auction sales -3,623
Special events: Cost of donor benefits -106,508
Total Income $2,599,762


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 9% 

Total income $2,599,762
Program expenses $1,882,289
Fund raising expenses 342,501
Administrative expenses 227,539
Total expenses $2,452,329
Income in Excess of Expenses 147,433
Beginning net assets 4,074,611
Ending net assets 4,196,921
Total liabilities 172,109
Total assets $4,369,030

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

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