Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Audubon Society

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: Houston Audubon Society
Address: 440 Wilchester Blvd
  Houston, TX 77079
Phone: 713-932-1639
Web Address:
Also known as:Houston Audubon
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1969, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Houston Audubon Society is organized to promote the conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitat and for such educational, scientific, literary, historical, and charitable purposes with the meaning of Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and as such purposes may be part of the stated purposes of the National Audubon Society, of which this society shall function as a chapter.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Audubon Society (H. A. S.) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Sanctuaries: Houston Audubon Society owns and manages 17 nature sanctuaries in the Gulf Coast area, providing nearly 3,400 acres of habitat for birds and wildlife. An estimated 30,000 people visit these sanctuaries annually to bird watch and to spend time in nature. HAS works to eradicate invasive non-native vegetation on its properties and to provide plentiful food sources and productive habitat for birds. Education & Outreach: Houston Audubon Society’s education department presents 874 innovative natural science programs collectively engaging over 36,000 children and adults annually. HAS offers outdoor nature experiences as well as nature camps, birding classes, outreach programs and field trips. HAS also sponsors monthly membership meetings featuring notable speakers and publishes both a bi-monthly newsletter and a website which cover topics of interest to birders and naturalists. Advocacy: Houston Audubon Society advocates for birds and wildlife habitat in several important ways. The organization supports varied projects that protect vital wildlife habitat through partnerships with state and federal agencies and other nonprofit organizations. HAS sponsors local and international birding festivals, workshops, and conferences to promote awareness of our finite natural resources. HAS also educates its membership and other interested parties about issues critical to bird and land conservation. Each year, Houston Audubon is a strong voice for environmental accountability in the Gulf Coast region.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, H. A. S.'s program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Helen E. Drummond, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ben Hulsey
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired Businessman

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 16

*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, membership
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,593,740, 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 Audubon Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,177,171
Bequests 270,000
Net investment return 205,690
Special Events 170,646
Admission and program fees 137,349
Merchandise sales 41,038
Oil and gas revenue 33,111
Direct donor benefits -24,077
Total Income $2,010,928


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $2,010,928
Program expenses $800,315
Fund raising expenses 153,468
Administrative expenses 142,263
Total expenses $1,096,046
Income in Excess of Expenses 914,882
Beginning net assets 5,883,297
Ending net assets 6,798,179
Total liabilities 64,016
Total assets $6,862,195

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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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