Better Business Bureau Report for
Su Casa de Esperanza

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 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: Su Casa de Esperanza
Address: PO Box 1333
  Pharr, TX 78577
Phone: 956-781-0276
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1991, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Su Casa De Esperanza is to improve the spiritual, emotional, physical, economic, intellectual and social well being of families in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Su Casa de Esperanza meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Su Casa De Esperanza is a non-profit family life program created to provide education to impoverished families living in a South Texas colonia for the purpose of enhancing their opportunities for fulfilled, abundant lives. This mission is addressed through a Family Life Education Center located in colonia communities with the expressed goals of affecting the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, financial, and social needs of families. Teaching discipline, nutrition, health care, parenting skills, economic independence and intra-family communication skills improves the likellihood of accomplishing these goals. Su Casa is a vehicle that serves as an intermediate support system for these indigent families with the expressed purpose that the families eventually will become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. In 2013, Su Casa de Esperanza provided services to families: 40 healthy babies born to mothers who participated in SCDE's prenatal program; 97 babies and their mothers received support and instruction from home visits; 101 toddlers and their moms participated in the Early Childhood Development program; 40 school aged children participated in the Summer Camp held at Su Casa; 168 adults participated in adult education programs and Parenting Programs.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Su Casa de Esperanza's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Lucy Fernandez, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Trainor Evans
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Business Owner, Rios of Mercedes

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 8

*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, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $207,932, 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 Su Casa de Esperanza's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions - United Way 59,786
Institutions & Foundations 51,275
Contributions - General 35,557
Net Raffle Income 33,839
Contributions - Churches 26,575
Flowers for Mom 900
Total Income $207,932


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $207,932
Program expenses $193,333
Fund raising expenses 4,550
Administrative expenses 29,568
Total expenses $227,451
Expenses in Excess of Income (19,519)
Beginning net assets 234,807
Ending net assets 215,343
Total liabilities 18,194
Total assets $233,537

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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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