Better Business Bureau Report for
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Address: 3110 Southwest Frwy.
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-292-0300
Web Address:
Also known as:San Jacinto Girl Scouts, Inc.
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1922, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) serves over 88,000 girls and adults in a 26 county jurisdiction. GSSJC offers a leadership development program for girls ages 5-17. With guidance from volunteers, girls participate in a range of programs which allow them to connect to positive role models, pursue their interests and discover their full potential. GSSJC also provides day and resident camp programs. Both camp programs offer activities including outdoor skills, art, hiking, science and nature experiences, and sports under the supervision of trained adults and camp aides. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council served over 69,000 girl members and over 19,000 adult members for fiscal year ended August 31, 2012.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's program expenses were:

Comprehensive youth development 10,259,725
Social development through camping 2,884,196
Total Program Expenses: $13,143,921
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Chief Executive : Mary Vitek, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Stacy Methvin
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired - Sr. Vice President - Shell

Board Size: 32

Paid Staff Size: 214

*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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 24% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,966,705, 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 Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Cookie and fall product sales 20,124,599
Contributions 3,235,044
Shop and trading post sales 1,646,434
United Way Allocations 1,475,756
Program service fees 1,431,795
Investment return 290,834
Special Events 255,905
Other revenue 82,921
Direct donor benefits – special events -29,913
Cost of shop and trading post sales -1,162,579
Troop bonuses for cookie and fall product sales -3,214,510
Cost of cookie and fall product sales -5,524,147
Total Income $18,612,139


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $18,612,139
Program expenses $13,143,921
Fund raising expenses 1,168,293
Administrative expenses 1,307,438
Total expenses $15,619,652
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,992,487
Beginning net assets 31,813,163
Other Changes in Net Assets 860,181
Ending net assets 34,805,650
Total liabilities 1,319,241
Total assets $36,124,891

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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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