Better Business Bureau Report for
Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 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: Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc.
Address: 1413 Tremont St.
  Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: 409-763-4638
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1975, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and the largest one-to-one mentoring organization in the United States. They match caring adults with children between the ages of 6-17 who want and need a positive role model in their life. In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 209 children; had 84 school-based matches and 125 community-based matches.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Mentoring Program 225,715
Total Program Expenses: $225,715
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Chief Executive : Cindy Schulz, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bob Senter, President and Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Rust-Ewing Insurance

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 3

*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, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $101,426, 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 Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Grant Revenue 149,233
Special Events, net of $11,220 expenses 91,456
United Way Allocations 49,771
Contributions 9,970
Interest Income 993
Total Income $301,423


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $301,423
Program expenses $225,715
Fund raising expenses 17,856
Administrative expenses 37,211
Total expenses $280,782
Income in Excess of Expenses 20,641
Beginning net assets 474,132
Ending net assets 494,773
Total liabilities 5,610
Total assets $500,383

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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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