Better Business Bureau Report for
Scenic Houston

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Scenic Houston
Address: 3015 Richmond Ave., Suite 220
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-629-0481
Web Address:
Also known as:Scenic Texas
Scenic Dallas
Scenic Austin
Scenic Texas, Inc.
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Lone Star Roadside Council
Billboards Ltd

Year, State Incorporated: 1967, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Scenic Houston preserves and enhances the visual character of Houston.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Scenic Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Scenic Houston promotes sign control, billboard reduction, freeway landscaping, scenic byway development, and enhanced design standards for public projects. Our success improves the quality of life for all Houstonians.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Scenic Houston's program expenses were:

Scenic Beautification 131,833
Scenic City Certification 62,999
Streetscape 50,861
Total Program Expenses: $245,693
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Chief Executive : Anne Culver, President

Chair of the Board: Claudia Williamson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: PGAL

Board Size: 40

Paid Staff Size: 3

*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
Fund raising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $279,143, 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 Scenic Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Special Events 224,847
Grant Revenue 43,250
Investments 25,003
Contributions & Support 11,046
Other 4,902
Total Income $309,048


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 70%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $309,048
Program expenses $245,693
Fund raising expenses 50,471
Administrative expenses 58,481
Total expenses $354,645
Expenses in Excess of Income (45,597)
Beginning net assets 548,004
Ending net assets 502,407
Total liabilities 8,813
Total assets $511,220

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The BBB processed no complaints about this business in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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