Better Business Bureau Report for
Children's Museum of Houston

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 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: Children's Museum of Houston
Address: 1500 Binz
  Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-522-1138
Web Address:
Also known as:Children's Museum of Houston
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To transform communities through innovative, child-centered learning.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Children's Museum of Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH) welcomes more than 820,000 visitors a year to its primary location in Houston’s Museum District, which hosts thirteen long-term exhibits, many temporary exhibits, a branch of the Houston Public Library, a performing arts series, and programming that changes on a weekly basis. CMH achieves additional impacts through programming facilitated for children, parents and caregivers at locations across the Greater Houston area. This off-site learning takes place in collaboration with 250+ partners, including afterschool centers, elementary schools, and libraries, recording a cumulative attendance of 300,000 individuals per year. CMH makes every effort to make all offerings as accessible as possible, providing exhibits, materials and facilitation in English and Spanish, and offering subsets of library resources and parenting programming in Vietnamese and Chinese. In support of school-based learning, each of CMH’s exhibits and programs are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards, and with the national Common Core standards that guide education in the public school system. Accessibility is further enhanced by CMH’s Open Doors policy, which allows low-income families to make full use of the Museum and all outreach activities. Currently, 37% of CMH’s on-site visitors receive free admission, and 100% of CMH’s community based programming is provided free of charge to participants. These visitors are socioeconomically and ethnically diverse, with people of Hispanic descent accounting for 47% of on-site visitors, with African Americans accounting for the second largest segment (23%), and with Anglos represented at 21% and Asian Americans at 8%.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Children's Museum of Houston's program expenses were:

Education and exhibits 7,458,703
Membership and Public Outreatch 976,399
Cafe and Gift shop 610,103
Visitor services 416,143
Total Program Expenses: $9,461,348
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Chief Executive : Tammie Kahn, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Randolph F. Allen
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor

Board Size: 40

Paid Staff Size: 184

*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, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,534,002, 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's Museum of Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 5,332,564
Admissions and program fees 2,990,631
Gift Shop and Cafe 1,584,373
Fundraising Events 1,151,719
Investment return, net 963,003
Memberships 950,561
Parking fees 658,475
Other 552,981
Government grants 308,365
Direct donor benefit costs of special events -258,646
Cost of goods sold -600,661
Total Income $13,633,365


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 10%  Other Expenses: 3%

Total income $13,633,365
Program expenses $9,461,348
Fund raising expenses 772,868
Administrative expenses 1,156,601
Other Expenses 322,816
Total expenses $11,713,633
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,919,732
Beginning net assets 41,112,660
Other Changes in Net Assets 225,495
Ending net assets 43,032,392
Total liabilities 863,297
Total assets $43,895,689

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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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