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Houston A+ Challenge

Promoting academically rich and purposeful education

three stars

86.67

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

Board Leadership
Susan Bischoff
Chair

CEO
Scott Van Beck
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.67 three stars
  Financial 82.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

Financial

three stars

82.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth -7.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.3%
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) 86.67 three stars
Center for Inspired Teaching (DC) 90.58 four stars
Jacksonville Public Education Fund (FL) 91.64 four stars
Teach Plus Incorporated (MA) 89.22 three stars
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (FL) 92.92 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,059,994
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,059,994
   Program Service Revenue $1,117,991
Total Primary Revenue $2,177,985
   Other Revenue $2,392
TOTAL REVENUE $2,180,377
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,277,117
   Administrative Expenses $204,745
   Fundraising Expenses $238,785
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,720,647
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-540,270
   
Net Assets $2,330,642

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 $1,317,199 57.8%
Innovate - Launching, Testing and Scaling New Educational Models $662,938 29.1%
Connect - Convening Educators and Thought Leaders $296,980 13.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$185,870 6.83% Scott Van Beck Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston A+ Challenge (TX) 86.67 three stars
Campaign for College Opportunity (CA) 85.96 three stars
Education Writers Association (DC) 90.26 four stars
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GA) 90.24 four stars
Afterschool Alliance (DC) 92.02 four 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

Scott Van Beck
Executive Director

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