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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Revitalizing and Transforming Buffalo Bayou

four stars

98.23

1019 Commerce Street Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
tel: (713) 752-0314   Web Site
EIN: 76-0183954

Board Leadership
Jeff Taylor
Chair

CEO
Anne Olson
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource. The organization's geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of the bayou that flows from Shepherd Drive, through the heart of downtown into the East End, and onto the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Thanks to the generous support of foundations, corporations, individuals and government agencies, BBP has implemented more than $200 million in improvements for the redevelopment and stewardship of the waterfront - spearheading award-winning projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park, protecting land for future parks and green space, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs. Buffalo Bayou Partnership also activates the waterway through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and programs

Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource. The organization's geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of the bayou that flows from Shepherd Drive, through the heart of downtown into the East End, and onto the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Thanks to the generous support of foundations, corporations, individuals and government agencies, BBP has implemented more than $200 million in improvements for the redevelopment and stewardship of the waterfront - spearheading award-winning projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park, protecting land for future parks and green space, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs. Buffalo Bayou Partnership also activates the waterway through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and programs

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
90.8%
  Administrative Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.80
  Program Expenses Growth 28.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Buffalo Bayou Partnership on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Buffalo Bayou Partnership on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Bayou Partnership (TX) 98.23 four stars
Green America (DC) 90.71 four stars
Ecotrust (OR) 91.59 four stars
Land Stewardship Project (MN) 89.15 three stars
Ecology Center (MI) 94.39 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,325,175
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $585,067
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,910,242
   Program Service Revenue $3,856,156
Total Primary Revenue $5,766,398
   Other Revenue $300,370
TOTAL REVENUE $6,066,768
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,720,797
   Administrative Expenses $266,043
   Fundraising Expenses $269,535
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,256,375
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-189,607
   
Net Assets $21,612,651

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
Buffalo Bayou Park $3,170,877 55.4%
Buffalo Bayou East Sector Master Plan $923,590 16.1%
Skimmer Boat Program $377,105 6.6%

Ratings History
Buffalo Bayou Partnership has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 98.23 four stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 96.66 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 93.91 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.69 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.63 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 96.84 four stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 90.92 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 89.68 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 85.13 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 84.09 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 93.49 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.37 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 79.71 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 98.80 four stars
2007-12 03/01/2009 85.83 three stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 86.15 three stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 80.87 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 81.85 three stars
2003-12 07/01/2005 91.86 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 76-0183954
Name in IRS Master File BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP
NTEE Code C11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(354) Preservation of scenic beauty
(402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
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 July, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$169,283 2.70% Anne M. Olson President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Buffalo Bayou Partnership (TX) 98.23 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Buffalo Bayou Partnership
1019 Commerce Street
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
tel: (713) 752-0314
fax: (713) 223-3500
EIN: 76-0183954

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Board Leadership

Jeff Taylor
Chair

CEO

Anne Olson
President

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