Better Business Bureau Report for
YWCA of Houston

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: YWCA of Houston
Address: 6309 Martin Luther King Blvd.
  Houston, TX 77021
Phone: 713-868-9922
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1916, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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Evaluation Conclusions


YWCA of Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The YWCA of Houston 2013 program highlights include: Adult Programs: Enrolled (7 unduplicated) young women in the Women Independently Living and Developing (WILD) transitional living program for women ages 18-24 who have aged out of foster care; aided 90% of residents in securing and/or maintaining part-time employment; 100% residents accessed higher education or vocational training as a result of case management support; 100% of residents reported improved self-image and self-confidence as a result of supportive mentoring relationships; YWCA opened second drop-in site at Houston Community College-Northeast Campus to serve children ages 4-12; and over 100 women (120 unduplicated children) received on-site drop-in child care services which enabled them to continue their education at Houston Community College-Southeast Campus. Senior Programs: Served over 731 (unduplicated) seniors with 112,731 meals at one of (10) YWCA congregate sites located throughout Houston. Seniors received nutritious meals, day trips, health and nutrition education, computer training, and opportunities for recreation; Sites include Harrisburg, Kirkwood, Lakeview, Bellerive, West Office, Kingspoint, North Central, Longhorn, Oak Tree, and Telephone Road; 731 (unduplicated) home bound seniors received approximately 181,585 home delivered meals; seniors participated in Senior Day at the capitol in Austin, Texas; homebound seniors benefited from the Steel Heels Biker Club sponsored Socks & Throws Drive which collected socks and blankets to keep seniors warm in the winter; over 600 homebound seniors were surprised with a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day; and 802 volunteers provided 18,270 volunteer hours in the senior programs. Signature Programs: Hosted YWCA open house; 100 teen girls participated in YWCA Empowerment Zone Camps which emphasizes: leadership, career exploration, health, financial literacy, and positive peer to peer relationships; YWCA hosted a Racial Justice Panel Discussion at the Holocaust Museum; and YWCA launched Y-She Can Series.

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

Seniors 2,010,282
Adults 312,046
Signature 42,275
Total Program Expenses: $2,364,603
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Chief Executive : Allison Booker-Brooks, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mary Helen Cavazos, Board President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: M. H. Cavazos & Associates, President

Board Size: 7

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, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,109,883, 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 YWCA of Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Federal grants 1,798,124
Other grants and contributions 284,743
Other Income 129,552
State grants 27,016
Program fees 3,337
Total Income $2,242,772


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $2,242,772
Program expenses $2,364,603
Fund raising expenses 25,981
Administrative expenses 296,287
Total expenses $2,686,871
Expenses in Excess of Income (444,099)
Beginning net assets 1,697,422
Ending net assets 1,253,323
Total liabilities 681,976
Total assets $1,935,299

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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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