Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Ear Research Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 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 Ear Research Foundation
Address: 7737 Southwest Freeway, Suite 630
  Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713-771-9966
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Medical research & education of the hearing impaired. Focus is two-fold: evaluation, diagnosis, follow-up & therapy for cochlear implant candidates & audiological assessment for non-implant candidates (as part of process to evaluate if candidate for cochlear implant). We want to ensure that all hearing impaired individuals receive hearing health care that will maximally benefit their education & lives, whether it be with hearing aids or cochlear implants, the surgical procedure for severely & profoundly hearing impaired children & adults.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Ear Research Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Houston Ear Research Foundation is a cochlear implant center; they evaluate patients and potential candidates to determine if they are appropriate candidates for cochlear implantation. They provide all professional services to program the implant device and all follow up maintenance of equipment and therapy to learn to use sound. Approximately, 800 children and 850 adults have received the cochlear implants in the Houston program since March 1983.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Houston Ear Research Foundation's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Jan Gilden, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: G. Walter McReynolds, M. D., Chairman of the Board
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Houston Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Clinic, Physician

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 5

*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, Newsletter
Fund raising costs were 20% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $145,816, 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 Houston Ear Research Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Program Services 167,149
Contributions 91,706
Donated materials and facilities 54,110
Interest Income 1,342
Total Income $314,307


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $314,307
Program expenses $359,614
Fund raising expenses 29,608
Administrative expenses 68,882
Total expenses $458,104
Expenses in Excess of Income (143,797)
Beginning net assets 238,881
Ending net assets 260,365
Total liabilities
Total assets $260,365

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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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