Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Children's Charity

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2016

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: Houston Children's Charity
Address: 230 Westcott, Suite 202
  Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-524-2878
Web Address:
Also known as:Children's Charity
Houston's Charity for Children
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1996, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Houston Children’s Charity is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Our goal is to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Children's Charity (HCC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Over the past 18 years, through an array of capital and operating support, Houston Children’s Charity has provided over $21.5 million to program services for over 265 agencies and more than 100,000 individual families. In addition, the Becker Emergency Fund has provided over $85,000 to assist families in an emergency crisis situation. Chariots for Children: This program is dedicated to providing specifically designed handicapped accessible vans to families and equipped transportation to organizations with a similar mission. Including our 2014 van recipients, HCC has awarded 88 passenger vans, 18 handicapped accessible vehicles, 3 box trucks, 1 car and 2 vehicle modifications to 92 agencies and 18 individual families. Houston Children’s Charity has pledged a gift in the amount of $1,000,000 to establish the “Houston Children’s Charity Family Emergency Fund at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.” This fund is used exclusively for the fulfillment of the needs of the children and the families of children under treatment in Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Houston Children’s Charity has awarded scholarships, totaling $240,000, to deserving Houston area students through the Houston Children’s Charity Scholarship Fund. HCC Closet: This program provides semi-monthly appointments to clients for an opportunity to “shop with dignity” in the boutique-styled rooms while selecting items for each and every member of their family. Back-2-School: This program provides school-aged children with a foundation ready for great accomplishments. Overall, this annual project has helped more than 14,850 children. A Better Night’s Sleep: This program has the goal of ensuring every child has sweet dreams by providing a twin mattress set, bed frame, sheets, pillow and blanket to children in need. To date, HCC has provided over 5,800 beds to children. Kool Kidz: This program has allowed 72 families the opportunity to stay cool during the hottest months of the year. Our annual Easter and Christmas Parties, Christmas Toy Distributions, Adopt-A-Family, along with the numerous Sports Outings and Cultural Events, help disadvantaged children expand their awareness and experience some of the joys of life. Helping the children of our community provides a positive outlook on their futures and the future of our community.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, HCC's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Laura S. Ward, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Tilman J. Fertitta, Chairman of the Board
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Landry, Inc. - CEO

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 5

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


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 19% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,499,499, 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 HCC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Cash and In-Kind Support 2,026,613
Event Revenues 1,472,886
Total Income $3,499,499


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 18%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $3,499,499
Program expenses $2,713,123
Fund raising expenses 664,057
Administrative expenses 243,666
Total expenses $3,620,846
Expenses in Excess of Income (121,347)
Beginning net assets 1,228,680
Ending net assets 1,107,333
Total liabilities 13,669
Total assets $1,121,002

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The BBB processed no complaints about this business in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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