Better Business Bureau Report for

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Address: 2900 Weslayan, Suite 400
  Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-869-7400
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1989, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

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Evaluation Conclusions


CHILDREN AT RISK meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Who We Are: CHILDREN AT RISK is a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education and influencing public policy. How We Are Different: CHILDREN AT RISK is the only nonprofit organization that is focused solely on the well being of the whole child, tracks those indicators through its publication Growing Up in Houston, and proactively drives change for children by educating legislators on the importance of improving each of the key indicators. What We Do: Through its research and advocacy programs, CHILDREN AT RISK is a well-known leader in understanding the health, safety and economic indicators impacting children, and educating public policy makers in their importance in improving the lives of children.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, CHILDREN AT RISK's program expenses were:

Research and Advocacy for Children 1,513,863
Total Program Expenses: $1,513,863
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Chief Executive : Bob Sanborn, CEO/President

Chair of the Board: Robert Westendarp
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Griffin Americas

Board Size: 39

Paid Staff Size: 23

*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, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,981,337, 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 CHILDREN AT RISK's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,492,648
Special Events 799,993
Program Fees 38,740
Contracted Services 25,470
Investment Return 3,028
Direct Donor Benefit Costs -311,304
Total Income $2,048,575


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $2,048,575
Program expenses $1,513,863
Fund raising expenses 186,834
Administrative expenses 134,196
Total expenses $1,834,893
Income in Excess of Expenses 213,682
Beginning net assets 798,521
Ending net assets 1,012,203
Total liabilities 114,928
Total assets $1,127,131

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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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