Better Business Bureau Report for

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 and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: LIFE/Houston
Address: 2002 S. Wayside Dr., Suite 113
  Houston, TX 77023
Phone: 713-528-6044
Web Address:
Also known as:Local Infant Formula for Emergencies
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1993, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To provide emergency formula and food to hungry babies and information on infant nutrition.

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Evaluation Conclusions


LIFE/Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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This organization has one major program, Food for Hungry Babies. Through this program, LIFE/Houston provides a free one-week supply of baby formula and age appropriate baby food on an emergency basis. Families in a financial crisis may access LIFE's services six times before their infant is 12 months old or until their crisis has ended. To accompany this service, LIFE provides educational literature and instructions on proper formula preparation, infant nutrition, breastfeeding, basic parenting skills, baby care, and baby development. In 2013, LIFE/Houston fielded more than 3400 client visits with approximately 2,000 of those being unduplicated clients. We average between 1100 to 1500 infant visits per quarter. This is accomplished with a staff of four Client Service Specialists across all locations. Over 69% of the babies served were less than 6 months old. Most of the mothers were younger than 30 years old, and 60% were single. Over 50% of our families report a monthly income between $420 - $1,249.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, LIFE/Houston's program expenses were:

Formula and food assistance 238,046
Total Program Expenses: $238,046
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Chief Executive : Nicole Browning, MA, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Pamela Cobb
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Good Neighbor Healthcare Center - Chief Operating Officer

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 6

*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 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $419,442, 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 LIFE/Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 419,442
Interest Income 16
Total Income $419,458


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 13%  Other Expenses: Less than 1%

Total income $419,458
Program expenses $238,046
Fund raising expenses 43,712
Administrative expenses 41,003
Other Expenses 1,387
Total expenses $324,148
Income in Excess of Expenses 95,310
Beginning net assets 94,063
Ending net assets 189,523
Total liabilities 1,422
Total assets $190,945

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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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