Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Area Women's Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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: 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 2013, they provided services to 48,276 persons affected by domestic/sexual violence, including shelter, counseling, advocacy and information. Education outreach programs served 27,918 persons, increasing community awareness and understanding of domestic/sexual violence.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, HAWC's program expenses were:

Direct Services 5,151,409
Education and Training 628,605
Total Program Expenses: $5,780,014
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Chief Executive : Rebecca L. White, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Sandra Ramirez Aultman, Board Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director, PNC Financial Services Group

Board Size: 29

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, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,183,279, 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, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government Contracts 3,138,946
Contributions 2,543,958
Special Events 908,760
Investment Return 858,083
United Way Contributions 727,122
Other 151,947
Direct donor benefit costs for special events -135,507
Total Income $8,193,309


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $8,193,309
Program expenses $5,780,014
Fund raising expenses 538,374
Administrative expenses 842,825
Total expenses $7,161,213
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,032,096
Beginning net assets 14,524,848
Ending net assets 15,556,944
Total liabilities 384,402
Total assets $15,941,346

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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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