Better Business Bureau Report for
YMCA 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: YMCA of Greater Houston
Address: 1600 Louisiana
  Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-659-5566
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1889, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA is a community service organization dedicated to developing strong kids, strong families, and strong communities and developing enduring moral values among children, youth, and families.

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Evaluation Conclusions


YMCA of Greater Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The YMCA of Greater Houston is committed to improving the quality of life through programs and services which provide opportunities for people to reach their highest potential, develop a positive attitude of self and others, appreciate good health and fitness, acquire a value system, and maintain spiritual awareness. The YMCA is composed of 38 centers, 3 resident camps, and 281 childcare sites located throughout the Greater Houston Area. Specific services include the following: Aquatics, Camping, Child care, Health & Wellness, Youth Sports and Leadership, Teens, Families, International Programs, Residence Services, Refugee Resettlement and Case Management.

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

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Clark Baker, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Mr. Howard Tellepsen
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Chairman & CEO/Tellepsen Construction

Board Size:

Paid Staff Size: 3425

*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
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $21,988,424, 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 YMCA of Greater Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Membership dues and fees 56,458,588
Program fees and residency income 34,709,093
Contributions 9,328,786
Government grants and contracts 6,759,604
United Way allocation 2,854,399
Other grants and contracts 1,759,356
Special events 1,286,279
Other income 571,484
Investment return, net -431,362
Direct donor benefit costs -601,300
Loss on sale of property -1,577,306
Total Income $111,117,621


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $111,117,621
Program expenses $97,659,804
Fund raising expenses 1,389,256
Administrative expenses 13,302,331
Total expenses $112,351,391
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,233,770)
Beginning net assets 161,417,040
Ending net assets 159,358,617
Total liabilities 163,980,746
Total assets $323,339,363

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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