Better Business Bureau Report for
The Parish School

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 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: The Parish School
Address: 11001 Hammerly
  Houston, TX 77043
Phone: 713-467-4696
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To identify, educate, and empower children who have learning and language differences.

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Parish School meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Parish School is the only school in Houston, public or private, which offers a multi-age, language-based, developmental curriculum for children 18 months through fifth grade. Children served have communication and learning differences, but average to above average learning potential. These differences may include problems with speech/language, learning to read, focusing attention, visual motor areas, social skills, and auditory processing. Currently, 140 students are enrolled.

For the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013, The Parish School's program expenses were:

Educational Programs 4,312,971
Total Program Expenses: $4,312,971
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Chief Executive : Nancy Bewley, Head of School

Chair of the Board: Laurie Gutierrez
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner, Blazek & Vetterling, CPA

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 70

*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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 24% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,093,108, 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 The Parish School's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Tuition and Fees, net of financial assistance 4,635,328
Contributions 557,235
Special Events 273,923
Capital Campaign Contributions 261,950
Other Income 40,439
Investment Return, net 26,107
Interest Income 1,555
Direct Donor Benefit -62,555
Total Income $5,733,982


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $5,733,982
Program expenses $4,312,971
Fund raising expenses 267,160
Administrative expenses 724,295
Total expenses $5,304,426
Income in Excess of Expenses 429,556
Beginning net assets 5,515,647
Ending net assets 5,945,203
Total liabilities 3,262,417
Total assets $9,207,620

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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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