Better Business Bureau Report for
DePelchin Children's Center

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: DePelchin Children's Center
Address: 4950 Memorial Drive
  Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-730-2335
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1893, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: We strengthen the lives of children by enhancing their mental health and physical well-being.

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Evaluation Conclusions


DePelchin Children's Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1892, DePelchin Children's Center has supported parents and families in providing for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of their children. Originally created to shelter orphaned children, DePelchin also provides children's social and mental health services in the greater Houston area. Annually, they served more than 20,000 clients. In 2012, DePelchin reached 2,074 unique clients with mental health care in clinical offices, schools and community centers; taught 1,937 youths hows to manage life challenges and stay clear of risky behaviors and helped 285 children and families with post-adoption services across Southest Texas.

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

Foster care 14,548,516
Mental health services 6,039,169
Residential services 5,339,375
Prevention 2,362,454
Adoption 759,961
Post adoption 704,367
Teen parent services 651,940
Parent education and family support 335,448
Community research and evaluation 60,011
Total Program Expenses: $30,801,241
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Chief Executive : Jenifer Jarriel, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Pamela Lovett
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Comerica Bank-Director of Business Development and Community Affairs

Board Size: 33

Paid Staff Size: 350

*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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $31,303,308, 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 DePelchin Children's Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Net fees from governmental agencies 20,375,497
Change in interest in net assets of FDCC 5,618,419
United Way allocation 4,612,547
Contribution from FDCC 2,815,845
Public Support, revenues, and other: Public support: Contributions: General Public 1,059,198
Net program service fees 1,033,742
Testamentary bequests 1,021,247
Private foundations 1,008,040
Net fees from private foundations 410,934
Investment return 383,554
Miscellaneous 59,078
Total Income $38,398,101


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $38,398,101
Program expenses $30,801,241
Fund raising expenses 898,367
Administrative expenses 3,550,802
Total expenses $35,250,410
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,147,691
Beginning net assets 83,110,343
Ending net assets 85,698,696
Total liabilities 5,449,402
Total assets $91,148,098

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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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