Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Area Women's Center

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: Houston Area Women's Center
Address: 1010 Waugh Drive
  Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-528-6798
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Houston Area Women's Center helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. We provide shelter, counseling, and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. Our services are confidential, free and available to everyone.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Houston Area Women's Center provides the following services: Shelter & Support Services, Housing, Children's Court Services, Hotline, Counseling & Advocacy, and Education and Outreach Services. In 2012, they provided services to 57,000 persons affected by domestic/sexual violence, including shelter, counseling, advocacy and information. Education outreach programs served 36,000 persons, increasing community awareness and understanding of domestic/sexual violence.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, HAWC's program expenses were:

Program Services: Direct Services 4,792,000
Education and training 644,183
Total Program Expenses: $5,436,183
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Chief Executive : Rebecca White, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Diana Hudson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner, Andrew Kurth LLP

Board Size: 28

Paid Staff Size: 126

*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, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,423,479, 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 HAWC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government contracts 2,687,567
Contributions 1,985,728
Special events 1,153,228
United Way contributions 731,843
Investment return 495,030
Other 100,300
Direct donor benefits costs for special events -134,887
Total Income $7,018,809


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $7,018,809
Program expenses $5,436,183
Fund raising expenses 552,670
Administrative expenses 797,701
Total expenses $6,786,554
Income in Excess of Expenses 232,255
Beginning net assets 14,292,593
Ending net assets 14,524,848
Total liabilities 387,740
Total assets $14,912,588

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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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