Better Business Bureau Report for
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 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: The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Address: 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
  Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-622-4191
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1925, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Junior League of Houston is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Junior League of Houston, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Junior League of Houston, Inc. is a committed corps of approximately 5,000 trained volunteers dedicated to "Building A Better Community." Throughout their membership, JLH volunteers participate in a training and education program focused on promoting leadership skills and addressing community issues. Approximately 1,500 active members each serve at least 72 volunteer hours in a JLH community or administrative project. The League provides trained volunteers and funding to more than 38 community programs. In addition, the League's community outreach efforts also include Community Assistance Grants, Community Collaboration, Community Emergency and Resource Contingency Grants, and Outside Board Representatives. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the League gave approximately $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support through grants, collaborative efforts and community projects.

For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013, The Junior League of Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Tea Room 2,876,835
Contributions to Community Programs 693,148
Member services, training and education 335,359
Community support services 149,906
Total Program Expenses: $4,055,248
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Chief Executive : Malcolm Rowland, Tea Room General Manager

Chair of the Board: Marian Hearne Hilpert, 2013 - 2014 President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: The President of The Junior League of Houston, Inc. is an uncompensated volunteer and serves a one year term.

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 71

*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, grant proposals, membership
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,974,735, 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 The Junior League of Houston, Inc.'s audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Net Tea Room revenue 2,899,444
Investment return, net 2,354,909
Charity Ball special event 858,738
Member dues and fees 799,356
Contributions 417,197
Tea Room patron fees 174,420
Member publication advertising sales 91,045
Other revenue 80,419
Publishing sales 64,574
Cost of publishing sales -33,867
Cost of benefits provided to Charity Ball donors -207,468
Total Income $7,498,767


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $7,498,767
Program expenses $4,055,248
Fund raising expenses 132,865
Administrative expenses 551,220
Total expenses $4,739,333
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,759,434
Beginning net assets 28,322,788
Ending net assets 31,082,222
Total liabilities 1,515,296
Total assets $32,597,518

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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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