Better Business Bureau Report for
Collaborative for Children

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

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: Collaborative for Children
Address: 1111 North Loop West, Suite 600
  Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713-600-1100
Web Address:
Also known as:Greater Houston Collaborative for Children
Initiatives for Children
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Collaborative for Children is committed to building a strong educational foundation for young children to succeed in school and life.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Collaborative for Children meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Collaborative for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a strong educational foundation for young children to succeed in school and life. They achieve this mission by focusing on the following: Strengthening Families – Creating safe and nurturing families is the first step to helping children thrive in the challenging world around them. They partner with parents and caregivers to help them create stable home environments that encourage the healthy development of young children and provide ample opportunities for learning. By offering parenting classes, printed parenting tips, and resource materials, their certified Parent Educators empower parents with the skills they need to raise healthy, productive members of society. Since the majority of children spend most or part of the day outside of the home, they also help families with one of the most important decisions they have to make— selecting a quality child care program. Their Resource and Referral helpline and readily-accessible online database provide parents with the support they need to make well-informed decisions for their family 24/7. Improving Learning Environments for Young Children – The quality of care that a child receives during the first six years of life is critical to his/her future success. It is during these early years that biological and intellectual connections are being established at a rapid pace within the maturing brain. Since Texas has some of the nation’s lowest standards for early education, they partner with educators every day to improve learning environments throughout Greater Houston. They provide hands-on training opportunities, classroom materials, scholarships for continued formal education, and on-site coaching to help teachers maximize the growth of the young minds entrusted to them. Fueling Community Awareness and Action – Knowledge fuels action, which is why they are committed to educating the community about the critical early years of a child’s life. As a member of the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition and the local One Voice collaboration, they work closely with our partners to advocate for state and national policies that raise the standards for early education in our community. In 2012, Collaborative for Children helped 18,625 families find child care through the QualiFind Child Care Referral service and helped build a stronger educational foundation for nearly 18,000 children through early childhood programs and educators.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Collaborative for Children's program expenses were:

Provider Engagement 1,880,339
Community Engagement 1,344,206
Family Engagement 702,417
Total Program Expenses: $3,926,962
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Chief Executive : Carol S. Shattuck, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Juan Torres
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Gainer Donnelly LLP, Certified Public Accountant

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 49

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


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,969,176, 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 Collaborative for Children's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 3,236,875
Government Grants 1,397,043
United Way service contracts 822,781
Special events 415,838
Program service fees 72,779
Other Income 29,929
Cost of direct donor benefits -80,580
Net assets released from restrictions: Expenditure for program purposes
Expiration of time restrictions
Total Income $5,894,665


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 21% 

Total income $5,894,665
Program expenses $3,926,962
Fund raising expenses 314,227
Administrative expenses 1,109,535
Total expenses $5,350,724
Income in Excess of Expenses 543,941
Beginning net assets 1,866,428
Ending net assets 2,410,369
Total liabilities 421,402
Total assets $2,831,771

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0 complaint(s) closed with BBB in the last 3 years. 0 complaint(s) closed in the last 12 months.

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