Better Business Bureau Report for
Arc of Greater Houston

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 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: Arc of Greater Houston
Address: 3737 Dacoma, Suite E
  Houston, TX 77092
Phone: 713-957-1600
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Arc of Greater Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Arc of Greater Houston serves children & adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to live in their own communities. We advocate for better access to education, employment, housing, and recreation by providing a broad range of tangible support services such as: Summer Programs: Camp Champions and overnight Summer Vacations provide recreational activities through summer day camps and residential services. Respite Care: Respite is part of the overall support system that families need to care for their loved ones at home. We provide an overnight-weekend respite program for adults and a day-weekend respite program for individuals, ages 4-25. Social and Leisure Programs: Participation in recreational activities is an important aspect of life in our society. Our community-based, recreational programs promote physical health and conditioning, provide opportunities to develop social relations, and lead to the development of new skills. Educational Advocacy: Their educational advocacy program works hand in hand with parents negotiating the special education system to ensure the best outcomes for students with all types of disabilities. The Department of Education provides trainings in English and Spanish for families and professionals. Information and Referral: We offer an extensive referral network of information and assistance to families seeking services for their child. Our web site contains links to resources, and our newsletter updates members on programs and services. A resource guide is available for families and professionals and is available in hard copy or on our website.Guardianship information is also available on our website or in hard copy form. The Arc of Greater Houston served 22,000 individuals in 2013.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Arc of Greater Houston's program expenses were:

Advocacy Services 297,055
Summer Programs 194,670
Respite 104,779
Social & Leisure 80,465
Fall Camp Out 19,184
Total Program Expenses: $696,153
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Chief Executive : Judith A Kantorczyk, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ellen Goudeau
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired from banking

Board Size: 8

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, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $449,429, 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 Arc of Greater Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants & Contracts 210,606
Program Fees 203,888
Contributions 166,119
Special Events, Net 48,228
Membership 24,476
Investment Income 4,547
Total Income $657,864


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 7%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $657,864
Program expenses $696,153
Fund raising expenses 48,735
Administrative expenses 54,320
Other Expenses 10,934
Total expenses $810,142
Expenses in Excess of Income (152,278)
Beginning net assets 430,810
Ending net assets 278,532
Total liabilities 27,309
Total assets $305,841

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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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