Better Business Bureau Report for
Faith In Practice

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

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: Faith In Practice
Address: 7500 Beechnut St., Suite 208
  Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713-484-5555
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1994, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Faith In Practice is to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Faith In Practice meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Faith In Practice organizes and manages volunteers to provide medical, surgical, dental and related health educational services in Central America. In 2012, volunteers treated more than 22,300 patients. 2012 Statistics 34 Medical Mission Trips 1060 Volunteers 2,348 Surgeries Performed 3,514 Dental Patients Seen 14,747 Village Patients Treated

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012, Faith In Practice's program expenses were:

Guatemala program 8,983,978
Total Program Expenses: $8,983,978
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Chief Executive : Rev. Linda McCarty, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Norman Lewis
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Independent Business Consultant

Board Size: 25

Paid Staff Size: 34

*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 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,864,397, 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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Source of Funds  
In-kind contributions 7,141,789
Contributions 1,722,608
Mission trip fees 851,749
Unrealized gain on investments 33,980
Interest and dividends 23,270
Realized gain on investments 7,276
Greater Houston Community Foundation -204
Total Income $9,780,468


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $9,780,468
Program expenses $8,983,978
Fund raising expenses 344,208
Administrative expenses 293,118
Total expenses $9,621,304
Income in Excess of Expenses 159,164
Beginning net assets 1,711,455
Ending net assets 1,870,619
Total liabilities 121,292
Total assets $1,991,911

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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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