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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Houston Parks Board

Creating, improving and protecting parkland for Houston

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four stars

94.34

300 North Post Oak Lane Houston, TX 77024
tel: (713) 942-8500   Web Site
EIN: 74-1860046

Board Leadership
Thomas G. Bacon
Chairman

CEO
Beth White
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.34 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Houston Parks Board was created in 1976 in response to a request by Houston's major foundations and civic leaders who wanted to contribute to the city's park system through an organization that would represent their needs and desires. Since its inception, the Houston Parks Board has raised and leveraged millions of dollars and touched at least 75% of the City's parkland either through acquisitions and/or capital improvements. As a result of the flexibility with which Houston Parks Board operates, it is involved in a wide range of activities related to the expansion and improvement of the parks system. The Houston Parks Board's primary programs are its Park Creation Campaign (acquiring parkland to create new parks and expand existing parks) and its Park Improvement Projects (creating new amenities or renovating existing facilities).

The Houston Parks Board was created in 1976 in response to a request by Houston's major foundations and civic leaders who wanted to contribute to the city's park system through an organization that would represent their needs and desires. Since its inception, the Houston Parks Board has raised and leveraged millions of dollars and touched at least 75% of the City's parkland either through acquisitions and/or capital improvements. As a result of the flexibility with which Houston Parks Board operates, it is involved in a wide range of activities related to the expansion and improvement of the parks system. The Houston Parks Board's primary programs are its Park Creation Campaign (acquiring parkland to create new parks and expand existing parks) and its Park Improvement Projects (creating new amenities or renovating existing facilities).

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 10/01/2018 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)
94.9%
  Administrative Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.37
  Program Expenses Growth 25.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Parks Board on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Parks Board on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Parks Board (TX) 94.34 four stars
Madison Square Park Conservancy (NY) 85.67 three stars
Austin Parks Foundation (TX) 93.32 four stars
Riverfront Recapture (CT) 92.56 four stars
Cincinnati Parks Foundation (OH) 90.71 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,215,543
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $554,240
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,397,000
Total Contributions $13,166,783
   Program Service Revenue $7,512,278
Total Primary Revenue $20,679,061
   Other Revenue $538,529
TOTAL REVENUE $21,217,590
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $21,105,781
   Administrative Expenses $613,310
   Fundraising Expenses $388,310
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $22,107,401
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-889,811
   
Net Assets $68,115,172

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
Bayou Greenways 2020 program $11,215,081 53.1%
Maintaining Parkland, Trails, and Greenspace $6,672,794 31.6%
Acquiring and Improving Park Spaces $2,694,867 12.8%

Ratings History
Houston Parks Board has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 10/01/2018 94.34 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 92.22 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 97.17 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.05 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.04 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 93.88 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.77 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 90.07 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 93.97 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 92.27 four stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 97.18 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 96.93 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 87.19 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 76.72 two stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 89.16 three stars
2003-06 04/01/2004 82.67 three 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 74-1860046
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON PARKS BOARD
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
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 May, 1987
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$155,298 0.70% Beth White President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$162,500 0.73% Charles Place Capital Project Managing Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Parks Board (TX) 94.34 four stars
Park Pride (GA) 90.91 four stars
Cincinnati Parks Foundation (OH) 90.71 four stars
Austin Parks Foundation (TX) 93.32 four stars
Forest Park Forever (MO) 91.55 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston Parks Board
300 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
tel: (713) 942-8500
fax: (713) 942-7664
EIN: 74-1860046

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Board Leadership

Thomas G. Bacon
Chairman

CEO

Beth White
President & CEO

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