Better Business Bureau Report for
Keep Houston Beautiful

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 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: Keep Houston Beautiful
Address: 3000 Richmond Avenue, Ste. 350
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-839-8855
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Through education and community partnerships, foster resident and neighborhood awareness of the important role citizens can play in preserving the natural beauty and visual amenities in our city.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Keep Houston Beautiful meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Keep Houston Beautiful’s main programs involve beautification, litter reduction and recycling education. Since its beginning, Keep Houston Beautiful has been reaching out to all segments of the community to educate and empower individuals to take greater responsibility for beautifying and enhancing Houston’s environment. For the year ended June 30, 2012, 26,000 volunteers representing 190 community organizations attended 614 Saturday morning cleanup and beautification workdays during which they removed in excess of 1million lbs. of debris, planted more than 1,800 plants and 28,690 trees. Under a contract with the City’s Department of Neighborhoods, Keep Houston Beautiful has a program to facilitate neighborhood volunteer efforts to maintain lots by providing equipment and organizing support. Volunteers cleared 52 illegal dumps and disposed of over 2,000 old tires; and cleaned trash out of more than 500 vacant lots and over 300 ditches. A new Adopt-A-Ditch initiative to help keep the adopted area free of litter and debris was launched in partnership with the City. Keep Houston Beautiful educates the public about the important role healthy and attractive communities play in the overall safety and welfare of its citizens. Maintaining quality of life is key to economic resiliency.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Keep Houston Beautiful's program expenses were:

Total: 466,595
Total Program Expenses: $466,595
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Chief Executive : Robin Blut, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Jim Tates
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Board Size: 36

Paid Staff Size: 3

*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
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $522,433, 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 Keep Houston Beautiful's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
In-kind revenue 244,435
Fundraising 103,121
City of Houston grant 94,296
Contributions and grants 80,581
Interest income 68
Total Income $522,501


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $522,501
Program expenses $466,595
Fund raising expenses 64,009
Administrative expenses 74,788
Total expenses $605,392
Expenses in Excess of Income (82,891)
Beginning net assets 169,166
Ending net assets 86,275
Total liabilities 19,958
Total assets $106,233

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The BBB has processed no complaints about Keep Houston Beautiful in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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