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Houston Parks Board

Creating, improving and protecting parkland for Houston

96.88

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

Board Leadership
Barron F. Wallace
Chairman

CEO
Beth White
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.88
  Financial 98.15
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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).

Financial

98.15

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
95.2%
  Administrative Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.29
  Program Expenses Growth 8.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.9%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Parks Board (TX) 96.88
Riverside Park Conservancy (NY) 90.15
Riverfront Recapture (CT) 92.38
City Parks Foundation (NY) 93.77
Austin Parks Foundation (TX) 93.32

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,965,866
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $730,141
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,186,763
Total Contributions $18,882,770
   Program Service Revenue $8,887,210
Total Primary Revenue $27,769,980
   Other Revenue $803,711
TOTAL REVENUE $28,573,691
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $19,535,730
   Administrative Expenses $637,055
   Fundraising Expenses $402,043
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $20,574,828
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,998,863
   
Net Assets $78,656,473

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 $11,338,260 58.0%
Maintaining Parkland, Trails, and Greenspace $6,524,835 33.4%
Acquiring and Improving Park Spaces $1,301,297 6.7%

Ratings History
Houston Parks Board has received 13 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 96.88
2018-06 09/03/2019 94.34
2017-06 10/01/2018 94.34
2016-06 12/01/2017 92.22
2015-06 12/01/2016 97.17
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.05
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.04
2013-06 11/01/2014 93.88
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.77
2011-06 07/01/2012 90.07
2010-06 09/20/2011 93.97
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 92.27
2008-06 10/01/2009 97.18
2007-06 05/01/2008 96.93
2006-06 05/01/2007 87.19
2005-06 05/01/2006 76.72
2004-06 04/01/2005 89.16
2003-06 04/01/2004 82.67

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$264,461 1.28% Beth White President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Parks Board (TX) 96.88
Forest Park Forever (MO) 90.98
Riverfront Recapture (CT) 92.38
Friends of the High Line (NY) 91.57
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PA) 85.70

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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

Barron F. Wallace
Chairman

CEO

Beth White
President & CEO

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