Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Achievement Place

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2016

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: Houston Achievement Place
Address: 245 West, 17th Street
  Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713-868-1943
Web Address:;
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1974, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To help children and their care-providers (teachers, parents, foster parents, other caring adults) learn the skills and develop the relationships for success at home, in school and in life.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Achievement Place meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The HAP motto is the HAP commitment: Kids Come First! Founded in 1974, HAP helps children by providing two sets of program services: Therapeutic Foster Care Services (residential services) and Project CLASS (highly innovative and effective training services). The HAP Foster Care services help children who are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. HAP operates fifty-five safe caring homes throughout Houston. In each HAP home, highly skilled Teaching-Parents provide the children with structure, appropriate discipline, routine, responsibility, order, cleanliness, encouragement, counseling, hope and love. 80 children are in daily care and 160 are served annually. Project CLASS (Children Learning Appropriate Social Skills) teaches core building block social skills to children ages 3-5 and 6-10 years old. Music, songs and movements accelerate skill development and retention. Project CLASS served 30,000 children during the 2014-2015 school year.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Houston Achievement Place's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Paul Gilford, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Karen Tripp, President, Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Tripp Law (Lawyer)

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 40

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,951,704, 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 Houston Achievement Place's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government sources 1,987,321
Contributions 633,246
School Program Services 408,683
Gala event 331,137
Sales to the public 179,902
Mortgage Interest 70,765
Investment return 39,670
Rental Miscellaneous 20,699
Total Income $3,671,423


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $3,671,423
Program expenses $3,140,780
Fund raising expenses 83,831
Administrative expenses 401,904
Total expenses $3,626,515
Income in Excess of Expenses 44,908
Beginning net assets 3,881,646
Ending net assets 3,926,554
Total liabilities 142,896
Total assets $4,069,450

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The BBB has processed no complaints regarding this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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