Mission: Providing "Help, Hope, Answers" for veterans and people with all types of disabilities.

Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1951, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.eastersealshouston.org

 4888 LOOP CENTRAL DR STE 200
Houston TX 77081-2227



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

93

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Finance & Accountability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

93

out of 100

The score earned by Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. is a passing score

This V5 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

93

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

95.71%

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

17/17 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

51.22%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



ELISE HOUGH, CEO

$325,000


BEVERLY PHILLIPS, CFO

$290,000


DENA DAY, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

$262,700


SONIA SALAS, ASST PRGRAM DIR.

$196,900


CRISTINA GAMEZ, PSYCHOLOGIST

$160,000


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other health services (BMF activity code: 179)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We receive government funding for our Early Intervention Program and medicaid funds for Children's Therapy Clinic, reimbursement rates were reduced for virtual services, which meant a loss for both programs as well as staff reduction. Our major event (Walk With Me Houston) in April of 2020 went virtual but still raised a record amount of funds. The same event in April of 2021 was hybrid, and raised $50,000 short of goal.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Our Children's Therapy Clinic and our Caroline School continue to run in person, our ECI Program is back in the homes and most of all other programs continue to provide a hybrid. Our Veteran/Military Service Mental Health counseling has been overwhelmed with need but thankfully, we received several grants allowing us to hire an additional clinician and they are able to serve more military service members and their families thanks to virtual services. Unfortunately many of our programs serve medically fragile children and adults and also are heavily dependent on volunteers. We take our clients health very seriously so have had to adapt to work-arounds to serve them and that also means less volunteers. We hope to start utilizing our volunteers soon through in person camps and day programs summer of 2022.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Easter Seals Greater Houston was prepping in February of 2020 to go virtual with our staff in their homes, this also meant deploying IT to families living below the poverty level so their children would not go without therapy. Whether via drop off activity kits, curriculum or therapy instruction, our staff continued to provide services - never missing a beat.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

For our clients who are home bound or have a lack of transportation, we will continue to offer virtual services for ease of access. While we have not issued a definitive work from home policy, our senior management is talking about it, as we know in order to attract talent, we will need to offer some form of virtual work space. That being said, we are in the business of providing direct services, and intend to continue doing so. Office meetings, Board meetings etc are better attended when offered in hybrid, so we will continue those processes as well.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$13,604,475

Spent in most recent FY

65%

Percent of program expenses


ECI/Infant Development Program - Provides physical, occupational and speech therapy, education and medical consultation and social services to children (ages birth to three years) with disabilities an ... (More)


$2,177,556

Spent in most recent FY

10%

Percent of program expenses


Respite Care Program - Provides respite care reimbursement in homes and other respite services. Respite care is available to any age and disability.


$1,919,884

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


Veterans - Assist veterans and their families build the lives they want after they finish their military service through case management, counseling and other services.


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

Not Currently Scored

Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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