Better Business Bureau Report for
Galveston Bay Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 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: Galveston Bay Foundation
Address: 17330 Highway 3
  Webster, TX 77598
Phone: 281-332-3381
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated:
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Galveston Bay Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Galveston Bay Foundation’s (GBF) programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research strive to ensure that Galveston Bay remains a beautiful and productive place for generations to come. GBF’s advocacy programs allow GBF to serve as the watchdog for Galveston Bay. The overarching goal is to encourage and actively seek solutions to conflicts among the diverse users of the Bay. These programs attempt to balance the multiple uses of Galveston Bay so that the long-term interests of the Bay itself are not compromised. GBF’s conservation programs focus on estuarine habitat preservation, protection, and restoration. In its 25-year history, GBF has preserved, protected, and enhanced over 16,500 acres of coastal habitat and protected over 16 miles of eroding shoreline. GBF’s education programs provide science-based environmental education focused on Galveston Bay. The goal of the program is to develop a knowledgeable constituency, ranging from school children to public officials, which recognizes the positive quality-of-life benefits that a healthy Galveston Bay system provides for the entire Houston/Galveston region. GBF’s research programs focus on the monitoring of created wetlands and restored habitat across Galveston Bay. GBF also advocates for the allocation of research dollars to the region to ensure the health of Galveston Bay and its users. In 2012, Galveston Bay Foundation expanded the Get Hip to Habitat educational program to serve over 1,200 students at 19 schools. GBF hosted Armand Bayou site for Trash Bash where 748 volunteers collected 7,480 pounds of trash, 25 tires and 2,440 pounds of re-usable or recyclable materials from 21.24 miles of lakes, rivers and creeks and 21.66 miles of land within the Armand Bayou watershed.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Galveston Bay Foundation's program expenses were:

Conservation 724,937
Education 480,655
Advocacy 212,453
Research 8,947
Total Program Expenses: $1,426,992
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Chief Executive : Bob Stokes, President

Chair of the Board: George Pontikes, Chairman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President and CEO of Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc.

Board Size: 25

Paid Staff Size: 22

*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, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,687,678, 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 Galveston Bay Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Support and Revenue: Grants and Contributions 1,393,007
Contract Revenue 430,930
Special events revenues 294,671
Sales of merchandise, net of costs 3,996
Investment and other income 1,752
Less: Costs of direct benefits provided to donors -54,965
Total Income $2,069,391


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $2,069,391
Program expenses $1,426,992
Fund raising expenses 280,212
Administrative expenses 139,398
Total expenses $1,846,602
Income in Excess of Expenses 222,789
Beginning net assets 1,897,729
Ending net assets 2,120,518
Total liabilities 69,980
Total assets $2,190,498

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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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