Better Business Bureau Report for
SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Address: 24161 Spring Drive
  Hockley, TX 77447
Phone: 281-356-7588
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies and educational outreach

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Evaluation Conclusions


SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center (SIRE- HTEC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center, has provided therapeutic services to children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities since 1983. Counties served include Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Washington. Most of our clients participate in therapeutic horseback riding, including our competition program and SIRE's Horses for Armed Forces. SIRE provided 5,447 therapeutic riding sessions to 220 clients in 2012, 201 per week. In addition, SIRE offers a full series of education and training opportunities such as continuing education and apprenticeships for aspiring therapeutic riding professionals and others. For 2014, SIRE plans to offer additional specialties including hippotherapy.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, SIRE- HTEC's program expenses were:

Programs 862,072
Total Program Expenses: $862,072
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Chief Executive : Elizabeth "Lili" Kellogg, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Cody Hogue
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: retired, Motorola

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 29

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $762,113, 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 SIRE- HTEC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 423,608
Special Events 338,505
Tuition 205,333
Other Income 32,246
Investment Income 82
Net Assets Released from Restrictions
Total Income $999,774


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $999,774
Program expenses $862,072
Fund raising expenses 95,270
Administrative expenses 117,191
Total expenses $1,074,533
Expenses in Excess of Income (74,759)
Beginning net assets 1,163,474
Ending net assets 1,088,715
Total liabilities 88,104
Total assets $1,176,819

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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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