Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston A+ Challenge

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 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: Houston A+ Challenge
Address: 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite B
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-658-1881
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1996, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Houston A+ Challenge serves as a catalyst for change in the public schools that educate nine of every ten children in our region, teaming with principals and teachers in targeted schools to ensure that every student is prepared for post-secondary success.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston A+ Challenge meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In the 2012-13 school year, Houston A+ Challenge worked with students, families, teachers and school leaders in the following 16 Houston-area public school districts: Aldine, Alief, Brazosport, Cypress-Fairbanks, Galveston, Goose Creek, Hitchcock, Houston, Humble, KIPP, Pasadena, Sheldon, Spring, Spring Branch, Wharton and YES Prep.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Houston A+ Challenge's program expenses were:

Challenger Network 1,881,527
Communications 375,541
Partnerships and innovations 339,227
Leadership development 264,269
Total Program Expenses: $2,860,564
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Chief Executive : Dr. Scott Van Beck, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: William Crouch
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: United Airlines (Retired, Managing Director Human Resources)

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 27

*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
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,280,578, 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 Houston A+ Challenge's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 2,097,113
Special event 183,465
Program service fees 9,000
Interest income 4,630
Direct donor benefit costs -37,130
Total Income $2,257,078


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $2,257,078
Program expenses $2,860,564
Fund raising expenses 301,351
Administrative expenses 257,621
Total expenses $3,419,536
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,162,458)
Beginning net assets 8,198,805
Ending net assets 7,036,347
Total liabilities 235,303
Total assets $7,271,650

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