Better Business Bureau Report for
Easter Seals of Greater Houston

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: Easter Seals of Greater Houston
Address: 4500 Bissonnet, Ste. 340
  Bellaire, TX 77401
Phone: 713-838-9050
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston

Year, State Incorporated: 1951, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Help, hope, answers. Easter Seals Greater Houston is providing exceptional life-changing services through multiple programs to ensure babies, children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in Houston and five surrounding counties.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Easter Seals of Greater Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In 2013, Easter Seals of Houston served 8,000 families. ECI/Infant Program -comprehensive Early Childhood Intervention for children 0 to age 36 months including physical, occupational, speech & vision therapy; case management services, resource referral services, & counseling. Number served – 2,012. Toy/Tech & Play Therapy - lending library of adapted toys & the AT&T Assistive Technology Lab & BridgingApps. Gymboree, yoga, pet therapy, play groups, counseling, & other educational experiences. Number Served – Toy/Tech 653, BridgingApps & Assistive Technology Lab 410 families (direct service), 100,000+ one on one, small group and large group trainings and podcasts and 100,000+ through program website. Children’s Therapy Services - physical, occupational & speech therapy for children over the age of three including, intensive therapy. Number Served – almost 3,500 therapy sessions were provided to 95 clients. Camps, Counseling & Case Management includes day/ sleepover camp & Family Day Out providing recreation & socialization for the child. Number Served - 1,705 Social Motion Skills - skills classes for children & adolescents with social integration difficulties such as autism including peer support groups, drivers ed, & social outings. Number Served – 270. The Caroline School - for parents of children with significant disabilities who are seeking availability of a private alternative to existing public school special education programs. Available physical, occupational & speech therapy on site. Number Served – 15. Respite Services - relief options to parents who provide ongoing care of their family member who has a disability, through in-home respite care, Family Day Out, Parent Night Out & Respitality. Number served – 1,717. High School/High Tech - partnership of parents, educators, rehab. professionals & business representatives working to encourage high school students with disabilities to explore the fields of science, engineering & technology. Number Served – 350 students. Housing Initiative / Home of Your Own assists low-income adults with disabilities or a family with a child with a disability realize the dream of owning their first home & assistance with rental properties. Number Served – 773. Adult Services -recreational opportunities to adults with disabilities. This program offers many of its clients’ their only opportunity for socializing. Transition Services – Received a planning grant from the Hogg Foundation to explore providing extensive transition services to youth with autism and co-occurring mental health disorders.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Easter Seals of Greater Houston's program expenses were:

Infant Program 4,041,827
Respite Care 1,886,706
Children's Therapy 607,819
Camps and Case Management 290,852
Toy Tech 274,417
Housing 238,798
Social Motion Skills 220,323
The Caroline School 220,125
High School/High Tech 134,945
Adult Program 58,220
Total Program Expenses: $7,974,032
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Chief Executive : Elise Coleman Hough, CEO

Chair of the Board: Dr. Aloysia Schwabe, President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Baylor College of Medicine, Neurology

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 108

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,046,139, 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 Easter Seals of Greater Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Program service fees/third party reimbursement 4,540,724
Contributions 2,048,123
Government grants 1,596,795
Special events, net of direct expenses of $270,730 401,221
Other income 5,536
Total Income $8,592,399


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $8,592,399
Program expenses $7,974,032
Fund raising expenses 411,499
Administrative expenses 195,000
Total expenses $8,580,531
Income in Excess of Expenses 11,868
Beginning net assets 1,354,299
Ending net assets 1,366,167
Total liabilities 591,853
Total assets $1,958,020

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The BBB has processed no complaints about the organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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