Better Business Bureau Report for
Cherish Our Children International

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 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: Cherish Our Children International
Address: P.O. Box 540007
  Houston, TX 77254
Phone: 281-530-0204
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1993, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Cherish Our Children International (COCI) is to create and fund programs and projects that provide brighter futures for the world’s most vulnerable children. We stand for a world in which each child has the opportunity to live life fully and to make their unique contribution.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Cherish Our Children International meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Cherish Our Children targets their support to vulnerable children in urban or rural settings. Their niche has been to identify a need; formulate the need into an identified project; establish resources to support the identified project; provide guidance and support to build the project foundation; implement the project into a Signature Program; support with a goal of local sustainability; release program once self- sustainable; repeat cycle with new identified project(s)/program(s). Each one of their projects/programs is in a phase of this identified cycle. Occasionally they will fund short term or repeat projects not leading to long term signature programs if they show a great potential to support their mission, vision and values. However their signature programs remain the priority. In addition to supporting their mission, vision and values, each one of the “Signature” programs establishes and maintains a set of goals based on the following 5 Signature Program Criteria: Education, Health, Self-Esteem, Community Building, Self-Sustainability.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Cherish Our Children International's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Roxanne Young, Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Juli Hall
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Consultant & Movie Producer

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 1

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


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $231,555, 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 Cherish Our Children International's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions & Grants 231,555
Other Revenue 1,569
Total Income $233,124


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 72%    Administrative: 28% 

Total income $233,124
Program expenses $148,388
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses 57,863
Total expenses $206,251
Income in Excess of Expenses 26,873
Beginning net assets 13,417
Ending net assets 30,563
Total liabilities 6,850
Total assets $37,413

Roxanne Young, Executive Director:
"Please find our response to your letter regarding clarification of Standard 12 & 13."

"Fiscal year 2012 was a re-building year for our Board following a very difficult financial year of 2011, including an Executive Leadership change. During Fiscal Year 2012, the Board conducted all of the fundraising at their own expense. Our top fundraising effort was our Athletic Events Campaign. The entire leadership team was comprised of volunteers who covered the costs of everything involved, down to purchasing the domain names and t-shirts at their own expense. The rest of the funds that came in were from prior year campaigns and required no additional fundraising expenses. We did not establish any new campaigns and focused primarily on peer-to-peer fundraising which at most required an email from the Board members. This commitment was extremely effective to solidifying our internal structure from which to base future fundraising and hence provide a structure for our future programs."

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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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