Better Business Bureau Report for
Change Happens!

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2016

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: Change Happens!
Address: 3353 Elgin Street
  Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-374-1200
Web Address:
Also known as:FUUSA
Families Under Urban and Social Attack, Inc.
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1989, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Change Happens! (formerly Families Under Urban and Social Attack, Inc.) is a social service organization providing a variety of services to low-income children and families to encourage positive youth development, prevention of alcohol and other drug related problems, break the cycle of poverty, improve health outcomes and prepare for leadership in the community. The mission of the organization is to "empower families to help themselves."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Change Happens! meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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One of the organization’s premier services is a youth program that provides a continuum of prevention and intervention activities that address the needs of disadvantaged youth, resulting in positive youth development. The RESCUE youth program consist of mentoring, abstinence education, delinquency prevention, as well as, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. Ours is a holistic approach servicing the broad needs, interests, and talents of children and families. In addition to Change Happens!’s in-school, after-school and summer programs for youth, other programs include: HIV Prevention using street and community outreach, individual counseling, testing, and mental health services; Homeless supportive services to children and families in more than 20 shelters; Change Happens! also provides outreach, education, and application assistance for state programs that include the: Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Medicaid; Food Stamps; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; and long-term care services; Change Happens! works with over twenty-five schools in the Houston area, delivering a class curriculum for prevention of drugs, alcohol and tobacco to over 8,000 youth on an annual basis; Change Happens!’s expertise in a variety of areas provides assistance to other non-profit organization with our Capacity Building and Technical Assistance programs. Over 55 organizations participate in monthly classes designed to build their capacity in fiscal management, board participation, sustainability, and a variety of other services; Change Happens! works with organizations across the state to educate and build a grassroots network to advocate for a comprehensive smoking policy in public places; and Change Happens! is addressing the increasing rate of childhood obesity in Houston that is threatening the medical, psychosocial, and financial consequences of this epidemic. Change Happens! programs address the holistic nature of social problems so that the entire structure – individual, family and community, becomes healthy. In 2013-2014, Change Happens! served over 6,000 youth participants with character-based education classes and provided enriching activities, tobacco presentations and other drug information to over 20,000 participants (Rescue Youth Program); served 200 youth using the Making a Difference curriculum (HYPE); 242 youth attended BART sessions for pregnancy prevention (HYPE 2.0); served 225 youth served in and out of juvenile detention and 100 youth under age 17 were placed in summer job employment (Project JUMPSTART); and 100 youth were paired with caring adults as mentors in the HBI Mentoring program.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014, Change Happens!'s program expenses were:

Youth Program 2,378,968
Adult Education/Counsel Program 2,105,429
Total Program Expenses: $4,484,397
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Chief Executive : Rev. Leslie Smith II, CEO/Founder

Chair of the Board: Mr. Curtis Flowers
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Senior Vice President, Loop Capital Investment Corporation

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 59

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,386,844, 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 Change Happens!'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government grants 4,641,835
Contributions 355,815
Non-government grants 291,089
Rental income 145,745
In-Kind Contributions 98,105
Other income 19,716
Investment return 2,239
Total Income $5,554,544


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $5,554,544
Program expenses $4,484,397
Fund raising expenses 101,148
Administrative expenses 810,077
Total expenses $5,395,622
Income in Excess of Expenses 158,922
Beginning net assets 4,209,447
Ending net assets 4,368,369
Total liabilities 1,098,716
Total assets $5,467,085

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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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