Better Business Bureau Report for
Collaborative for Children

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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: Collaborative for Children
Address: 1111 North Loop West, Suite 600
  Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713-600-1100
Web Address:
Also known as:Greater Houston Collaborative for Children
Initiatives for Children
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Our mission is “to improve the quality of early education in Greater Houston. We work with parents, educators, and local leaders to make sure our region’s children have the learning opportunities they need to succeed – in school and throughout their lives.” Our vision is a strong, thriving Houston region where all children are prepared to succeed as students today and as educated citizens who positively contribute to our community when they grow up.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Collaborative for Children meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Collaborative for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a strong educational foundation for young children to succeed in school and life. They achieve this mission by focusing on the following: Strengthening Families – Creating safe and nurturing families is the first step to helping children thrive in the challenging world around them. They partner with parents and caregivers to help them create stable home environments that encourage the healthy development of young children and provide ample opportunities for learning. By offering parenting classes, printed parenting tips, and resource materials, their certified Parent Educators empower parents with the skills they need to raise healthy, productive members of society. Since the majority of children spend most or part of the day outside of the home, they also help families with one of the most important decisions they have to make— selecting a quality child care program. Their Resource and Referral helpline and readily-accessible online database provide parents with the support they need to make well-informed decisions for their family 24/7. Improving Learning Environments for Young Children – The quality of care that a child receives during the first six years of life is critical to his/her future success. It is during these early years that biological and intellectual connections are being established at a rapid pace within the maturing brain. Since Texas has some of the nation’s lowest standards for early education, they partner with educators every day to improve learning environments throughout Greater Houston. They provide hands-on training opportunities, classroom materials, scholarships for continued formal education, and on-site coaching to help teachers maximize the growth of the young minds entrusted to them. Fueling Community Awareness and Action – Knowledge fuels action, which is why they are committed to educating the community about the critical early years of a child’s life. As a member of the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition and the local One Voice collaboration, they work closely with our partners to advocate for state and national policies that raise the standards for early education in our community. In 2013, 65,944 children were impacted through Collaborative for Children’s collective services that partner with families, early childcare teachers and community leaders—the most influential people in a child’s life. Collaborative for Children helped 17,652 families find child care through the QualiFind online database and phone consultations in 2013.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Collaborative for Children's program expenses were:

Provider Engagement 2,698,537
Community Engagement 1,123,404
Family Engagement 762,713
Total Program Expenses: $4,584,654
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Chief Executive : Carol S. Shattuck, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Stephen Kaufman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Fulcrum Partners LLC, Managing Director

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 58

*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 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,981,288, 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 Collaborative for Children's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government grants 2,324,223
Contributions 1,384,919
United Way service contracts 945,325
Special events 369,289
Program service fees 115,246
Other income 10,842
Cost of direct donor benefits -97,143
Total Income $5,052,701


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 20% 

Total income $5,052,701
Program expenses $4,584,654
Fund raising expenses 367,172
Administrative expenses 1,204,864
Total expenses $6,156,690
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,103,989)
Beginning net assets 2,410,369
Ending net assets 1,306,380
Total liabilities 388,189
Total assets $1,694,569

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0 complaint(s) closed with BBB in the last 3 years. 0 complaint(s) closed in the last 12 months.

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