Better Business Bureau Report for
Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
Address: 3701 Kirby Drive, Ste. 700
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-529-0126
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To educate and support those affected by lupus and find the cure.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter supports the following activities: Patient Education and Support: The organization responded to inquiries about lupus, conducted individual needs assessments, distributed lupus literature, provided a physician referral list, managed support groups, published newsletter, presented lupus seminars and workshops, and provided a PAP. Public Awareness: The Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter attended and distributed lupus education materials at health fairs and events, presented lupus information at meetings and speaking opportunities, and provided Public Service Announcements and press releases to the media. Research: The organization also provided funding to the Lupus Foundation of America to support their five-year research initiative. The organization serves 600-plus chapter members and attends approximately 70 health fairs, where they reach an estimated 20,000 people annually.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Rebecca Kramer, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Tamara Atkins
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Talent Development Manager - Marathon Oil

Board Size: 16

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:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $455,038, 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 Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Special Events 375,287
Contributions 79,751
Investment return, net 1,452
Total Income $456,490


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $456,490
Program expenses $317,524
Fund raising expenses 47,564
Administrative expenses 51,323
Total expenses $416,411
Income in Excess of Expenses 40,079
Beginning net assets 292,353
Ending net assets 332,432
Total liabilities 5,500
Total assets $337,932

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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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