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

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 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: 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 2013-2014 fiscal year, the League gave approximately $1.5 million in volunteer time and direct financial support through grants, collaborative efforts and community projects totaled $596,210.

For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2014, The Junior League of Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Tea Room 3,036,718
Contributions to community programs 717,951
Member services, training, and education 344,637
Community Support Services 160,417
Total Program Expenses: $4,259,723
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Chief Executive : Malcolm Rowland, Tea Room General Manager

Chair of the Board: Mary Margaret Fraser Foerster
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 73

*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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,842,161, 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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Source of Funds  
Net Tea Room Revenue 2,974,241
Investment Return, net 1,795,180
Charity Ball Special Event 945,155
Member dues and fees 794,203
Contributions 418,351
Tea Room patron fees 170,645
Member publication advertising sales 89,584
Publishing sales 44,672
Other Revenue 3,746
Loss on disposal of property and equipment -23,877
Cost of publishing sales -24,986
Cost of benefits provided to Charity Ball donors -315,548
Total Income $6,871,366


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $6,871,366
Program expenses $4,259,723
Fund raising expenses 127,950
Administrative expenses 566,526
Total expenses $4,954,199
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,917,167
Beginning net assets 31,082,222
Ending net assets 32,999,389
Total liabilities 1,679,017
Total assets $34,678,406

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The BBB has processed no complaints regarding this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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