Better Business Bureau Report for
Child Advocates, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Child Advocates, Inc.
Address: 2401 Portsmouth, Suite 210
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-529-1396
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Child Advocates, Inc. mobilizes court appointed volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abuse. We speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Child Advocates, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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During 2011, Child Advocates, Inc. served 2,088 children in Harris County. It had 751 active volunteers working cases and trained 228 new volunteers.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Child Advocates, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Community services 2,730,892
Professional education and training 540,727
Total Program Expenses: $3,271,619
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Chief Executive : Sonya Galvan, CEO

Chair of the Board: James Brodnax
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Keller Williams/Realtor

Board Size: 36

Paid Staff Size: 50

*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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,844,706, 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 Child Advocates, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Special events and other revenue 1,619,025
Contributions 1,461,515
Net change in beneficial interest for Child Advocates Endowment, Inc. 842,162
Federal and state grants 764,166
In-kind donations 162,125
Interest and dividends 12
Less direct donor benefits -246,362
Total Income $4,602,643


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $4,602,643
Program expenses $3,271,619
Fund raising expenses 312,191
Administrative expenses 380,031
Total expenses $3,963,841
Income in Excess of Expenses 638,802
Beginning net assets 8,461,496
Ending net assets 9,100,398
Total liabilities 246,419
Total assets $9,346,817

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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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