Better Business Bureau Report for
AVANCE - Houston, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 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: AVANCE - Houston, Inc.
Address: 4281 Dacoma
  Houston, TX 77092
Phone: 713-812-0033
Web Address:
Also known as:AVANCE - Houston Chapter
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1988, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: AVANCE - Houston, Inc. unlocks America's potential by strengthening families in at risk communities through the most effective parenting education and support programs. We do this by enhancing parenting skills, promoting family literacy and proving early childhood development programs. The AVANCE programs nurture the development of children by focusing on their educational success and fostering the personal and economic success of the families.

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Evaluation Conclusions


AVANCE - Houston, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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AVANCE - Houston, Inc. focuses on parent education, early childhood development, brain development, literacy, and school readiness. This charity serves predominantly low income Hispanic families in underserved communities. Their nine-month core program caters to parents with children from 0-3 years of age, operating in housing projects, community centers and schools. AVANCE instructors guide parents through the stages of emotional, physical, social and cognitive development of their children with special topics that range from the importance of reading and effective discipline to nutrition. Parents also attend classes in literacy, learning English and attaining a GED. AVANCE reaches more than 20,000 individuals annually in centers and chapter sites throughout Texas and Los Angeles, California.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, AVANCE - Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Program services 25,970,632
Total Program Expenses: $25,970,632
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Chief Executive : Jose Villarreal, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Martha Rost
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Hewlett-Packard, Technology

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 408

*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
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $28,511,300, 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 AVANCE - Houston, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Federal grants 23,012,357
In-kind contributions 4,842,235
Foundations and corporations 259,968
United Way 227,778
Special event (net of direct benefits to donors for $66,591) 106,293
Private contributions 41,690
City, state and school grants 20,979
Other 5,988
Total Income $28,517,288


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 9% 

Total income $28,517,288
Program expenses $25,970,632
Fund raising expenses 196,205
Administrative expenses 2,693,813
Total expenses $28,860,650
Expenses in Excess of Income (343,362)
Beginning net assets 2,868,934
Ending net assets 2,525,572
Total liabilities 549,477
Total assets $3,075,049

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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