Better Business Bureau Report for
Buffalo Bayou Partnership

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: Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Address: 1113 Vine Street, Suite 200
  Houston,, TX 77002
Phone: 713-752-0314
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is is the Houston non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and tranforming Buffalo Bayou, our city's most significant natural resource. The Partnership coordinates the integration of major amenities, restoration and beautification projects into the Bayou greenbelt, and seeks ways to increase community involvement through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; educational, volunteer and recreational activities and tours; permanent and temporary art installations and other natural and built attractions.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Buffalo Bayou Partnership meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BBP's 20-year visionary Buffalo Bayou and Beyond Master Plan, calls for Buffalo Bayou to be a central, regional amenity that serves multiple purposes: recreation, flood management and ecosystem restoration. The organization seeks to create an active and vibrant waterway that enriches the lives of residents and attracts visitors from throughout the region and beyond. Specific elements of the long-range plan include: a 20-mile hike and bike trail system from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin, parks and open space destinations, and high quality development adjacent to the bayou corridor.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Buffalo Bayou Partnership's program expenses were:

Total: 1,104,369
Total Program Expenses: $1,104,369
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Chief Executive : Anne Olson, President

Chair of the Board: Sis Johnson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Community Volunteer

Board Size: 44

Paid Staff Size: 10

*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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $11,521,776, 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 Buffalo Bayou Partnership's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 10,885,298
Special events 636,478
Fees for services - Harris county and City of Houston 391,915
Program fees and other income 84,504
Cost of direct donor benefits -164,491
Total Income $11,833,704


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 17%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $11,833,704
Program expenses $1,104,369
Fund raising expenses 258,460
Administrative expenses 180,165
Total expenses $1,542,994
Income in Excess of Expenses 10,290,710
Beginning net assets 20,136,284
Ending net assets 30,426,994
Total liabilities 8,001,842
Total assets $38,428,836

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

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