Better Business Bureau Report for
KIPP, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: KIPP, Inc.
Address: 10711 KIPP Way
  Houston, TX 77099
Phone: 832-328-1051
Web Address:
Also known as:KIPP Houston
Knowledge Is Power Program
KIPP Houston Public Schools
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1995, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To develop in underserved children the academic skills, intellectual traits, and qualities of character necessary to succeed at all levels of pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, college, and the competitive world beyond.

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Evaluation Conclusions


KIPP, Inc. (KIPP) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) was created in response to the scarcity of world-class, high-performing educational choices available to low-income and minority students. In 1994, Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg, as members of Teach For America, founded KIPP for inner-city Houston fifth-graders. The program soon evolved into two public middle schools: KIPP Academy Houston and KIPP Academy New York. Nationally, KIPP has expanded to include 141 free, open-enrollment and public charter schools nationwide, serving 50,000 under-resourced students in 20 states as well as the District of Columbia. During the 2014-15 school year, we are serving more than 11,500 students in 22 schools across Houston with a college preparatory education based on hard work, character development, and the belief that ALL of our KIPPsters WILL learn. Additionally, 92% of KIPPsters are from low-income households, 89% of KIPPsters tracked from the 8th grade have matriculated to college and 54% of KIPP alumni tracked from the 8th grade have graduated from college. KIPP’s mission is to develop in underserved students the academic skills, intellectual habits, and qualities of character necessary to succeed at all levels of pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, college, and the competitive world beyond. Approximately 90% of our students are economically disadvantaged, and 97% are minorities. All KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars: (1) High Expectations: for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses for students' backgrounds; (2) Choice and Commitment: KIPP's students, parents, and faculty elect their school and voluntarily commit to its expectations; (3) More Time on Task: students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges; (4) Power to Lead: school leaders are empowered to make the best decisions for their students; and (5) Focus on Results: we relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, KIPP's program expenses were:

Instructional Program 69,438,859
Auxiliary Services 11,075,275
Total Program Expenses: $80,514,134
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Chief Executive : Sehba Ali, Superintendent

Chair of the Board: Brian McCabe, Board Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director, Credit Suisse, LLC

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 1235

*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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $90,699,262, 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 KIPP's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government grants 79,130,691
Contributions 10,520,095
Program Service fees 9,222,581
Special events 1,177,341
Other 186,308
Interest Income 8,586
Cost of direct donor benefits -128,865
Total Income $100,116,737


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $100,116,737
Program expenses $80,514,134
Fund raising expenses 1,562,074
Administrative expenses 14,496,603
Total expenses $96,572,811
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,543,926
Beginning net assets 22,034,440
Ending net assets 25,573,366
Total liabilities 169,726,244
Total assets $195,299,610

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

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