Better Business Bureau Report for
Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, Inc.
Address: 4014 Market Street, Suite W145
  Houston, TX 77020
Phone: 713-229-8353
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1995, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Fifth Ward Enrichment Program is designed to empower boys to become responsible men and productive members of their families and community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, Inc. (FWEP) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, Inc. was created for the purpose of pre-empting and preventing negative environmental influences on adolescent and pre-adolescent inner city males, and thereby increase their chances of becoming more responsible members of society. Today, the program has expanded to cover five distinct areas of need in the lives of young people in the targeted community, including academic guidance and counseling, fatherhood development, drugs and sex education, business enterprise, and anger management. FWEP offers inner-city African American and Latino youth more than 20 support services that deter chemical dependency, teen pregnancy, school delinquency and dropouts, while promoting self-discipline, personal accountability, and self-esteem.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, FWEP's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Charles L. Savage, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Troy Porter
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Products Group, Cost Estimate Consultant

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 18

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $463,931, 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 FWEP's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 390,510
Government Grants 73,421
Miscellaneous income 1,100
Total Income $465,031


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%    Administrative: 23% 

Total income $465,031
Program expenses $463,551
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses 136,471
Total expenses $600,022
Expenses in Excess of Income (134,991)
Beginning net assets 264,815
Ending net assets 129,824
Total liabilities 33,871
Total assets $163,695

"Regarding Standards 9 and 13: During the latter months of 2013, Constant Contact services and fees were provided and paid for by one our board members. This agency did not assume Constant Contact costs until 2014 as we implemented our 2 semi-annual, on-line fund appeals. These costs will be recorded as "fundraising expense" for 2014," Charles L. Savage, Executive Director

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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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