Better Business Bureau Report for
Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 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: Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas
Address: 5466 Darnell St.
  Houston, TX 77096
Phone: 713-772-1943
Web Address:
Also known as:Harris County Youth Scholarship Foundation
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1960, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Our Mission: "To provide scholarships for graduating seniors that recognize individual accomplishment in academic, service, and citizenship through a competitive process among area high schools sponsored by local Optimist Clubs."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Foundation awards scholarships to high school Seniors. Applications seek information about grades, participation in civic and school activities, and require a short hand written essay. Students from sponsored schools compete through an interview and the written application for a limited number of scholarships each year. Winners are announced at the annual Awards Banquet in late April, with an equal number of Scholarships awarded to boys and girls. The 2014 - 2015 Academic year for the Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas culminated with the Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday April 12, 2015. Eighteen area high schools participated, and thirty six students were identified as finalists. From this number five boys and five girls each received a scholarship of $3,000.00. Five of our local Optimist clubs paid $300 to sponsor each of their schools.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : none, none

Chair of the Board: Max Zaner
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 10

Paid Staff Size: 0

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


Method(s) Used:

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Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $11,876, 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 Optimist Scholarship Foundation of Southeast Texas's unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Interest Income 16,670
Public Support 11,876
Total Income $28,546


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $28,546
Program expenses $17,800
Fund raising expenses 1,871
Administrative expenses 1,047
Total expenses $20,718
Income in Excess of Expenses 7,828
Beginning net assets 236,710
Ending net assets 244,538
Total liabilities
Total assets $244,538

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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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