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Houston A+ Challenge

Strengthening educators, connecting education stakeholders

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four stars

90.95

2700 Southwest Freeway Suite B
Houston, TX 77098
tel: (832) 519-9590   Web Site
EIN: 76-0513493

Board Leadership
Susan Bischoff
Chair

CEO
Tom Monaghan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.95 four stars
  Financial 87.21 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of The Houston A+ Challenge is to promote an academically rich and purposeful education for more of our children and to demonstrate how such an education could become possible for all our children. We do this by investing in people, through initiatives that coach teachers and school leaders to acquire the skills they need to help students of diverse backgrounds succeed academically, professionally and socially. Houston A+ has supported public school improvement in the Houston area since 1997. Houston A+ Challenge initiatives are guided by three imperatives: we promote personalization of classrooms and working communities; we facilitate networks and relationships, so that parents, educators, communities and the business sector can work in collaboration to improve schools; and we focus on teaching and learning, by training educators to assess diverse learning styles and select effective teaching strategies to reach each student.

The mission of The Houston A+ Challenge is to promote an academically rich and purposeful education for more of our children and to demonstrate how such an education could become possible for all our children. We do this by investing in people, through initiatives that coach teachers and school leaders to acquire the skills they need to help students of diverse backgrounds succeed academically, professionally and socially. Houston A+ has supported public school improvement in the Houston area since 1997. Houston A+ Challenge initiatives are guided by three imperatives: we promote personalization of classrooms and working communities; we facilitate networks and relationships, so that parents, educators, communities and the business sector can work in collaboration to improve schools; and we focus on teaching and learning, by training educators to assess diverse learning styles and select effective teaching strategies to reach each student.

Impact Information

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Financial

three stars

87.21

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.0%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth -24.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston A+ Challenge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston A+ Challenge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston A+ Challenge (TX) 90.95 four stars
Illinois Network of Charter Schools (IL) 90.60 four stars
Campaign for College Opportunity (CA) 85.96 three stars
The Edible Schoolyard Project (CA) 87.39 three stars
The Parent-Child Home Program (NY) 94.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,218,517
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,218,517
   Program Service Revenue $996,530
Total Primary Revenue $2,215,047
   Other Revenue $7,183
TOTAL REVENUE $2,222,230
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,446,208
   Administrative Expenses $241,632
   Fundraising Expenses $179,386
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,867,226
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $355,004
   
Net Assets $2,685,646

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Strengthen - Challenge Network $1,053,330 72.8%
Connect - Convening Educators and Thought Leaders $210,701 14.6%
Innovate - Launching, Testing and Scaling New Educational Models $182,177 12.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 12/01/2018 90.95 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 86.67 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 90.36 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.01 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 90.04 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.00 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 80.57 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 77.78 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 68.58 one star
2009-06 07/01/2010 75.75 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 85.95 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 79.55 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 73.51 two stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 83.02 three stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 87.97 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 97.65 four stars
2002-06 08/01/2003 99.65 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 90.74 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 76-0513493
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON A CHALLENGE
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$166,901 8.93% Scott Van Beck Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$180,698 9.67% Thomas Monaghan Director Of School Performance

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston A+ Challenge (TX) 90.95 four stars
National Association of Scholars (NY) 89.75 three stars
Healthy Schools Campaign (IL) 86.73 three stars
The Edible Schoolyard Project (CA) 87.39 three stars
Council of Independent Colleges (DC) 86.56 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston A+ Challenge
2700 Southwest Freeway
Suite B
Houston, TX 77098
tel: (832) 519-9590
fax: (281) 840-5616
EIN: 76-0513493

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Board Leadership

Susan Bischoff
Chair

CEO

Tom Monaghan
Executive Director

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