Better Business Bureau Report for
3 "A" Bereavement Foundation

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: 3 "A" Bereavement Foundation
Address: 5330 Griggs Rd., Suite D108
  Houston, TX 77021-3756
Phone: 713-649-3232
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1997, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To assist indigent and low-income bereaved families to expediently secure affordable and meaningful services to meet their bereavement needs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


3 "A" Bereavement Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.Standards for Charity Accountability.</a>" />
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3 "A" Bereavement Foundation provides the following programs and services: Bereaved Family Assistance Fund, Family Support Services, Counseling Services, Crime Victim Services and Educational Workshops for the Community. Bereaved Family Assistance Fund: Direct funding assistance to offset funeral and burial expenses. Family Support Services: Accompanying and advising families through all aspects of preparing for the funeral and burial, from the initial point of contact through the completion of all services. Counseling Services: Providing individual and group professional counseling to bereaved families for up to one year from the date of referral. Crime Victim Services: Filing of Compensation Claims and Appeals for families of crime victims in order to avoid unnecessary delays. Educational Workshops for the Community: Workshops and seminars to assist low-income community residents in making preparations for themselves and loved ones. Crisis Emergency Counseling: Consultations and referrals to families prior to the death of a loved one planning final arrangements. In 2013, 3 "A" Bereavement Foundation served 786 families and approximately 3,144 individuals.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, 3 "A" Bereavement Foundation's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Michele Lara, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Gabriel Luke, Board President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: City of Houston Firefighter - Captain

Board Size: 5

Paid Staff Size: 2

*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, grant proposals, internet, 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $126,191, 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 3 "A" Bereavement Foundation's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 126,191
Other Revenue 13,828
Total Income $140,019


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 20% 

Total income $140,019
Program expenses $73,865
Fund raising expenses 7,196
Administrative expenses 20,306
Total expenses $101,367
Income in Excess of Expenses 38,652
Beginning net assets 3,219
Ending net assets 40,980
Total liabilities 2,267
Total assets $43,247

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<p>The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.</p>

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