Providing children with the childhood they deserve.

Fort Worth, TX   |
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EIN: 23-7454254


Provide family members and professionals with resources, tools and services to build successful families.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Chris Butler

Main address

2928 West 5th Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Family services

Population served info

Children and youth





NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Family Services (P40)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2018, the Texas DFPS reported 5,842 confirmed cases of child abuse in Tarrant County. For the last 3 years, Tarrant County has ranked as one of the highest counties in Texas, however, the efforts of organizations like The Parenting Center have helped to make significant strides in eradicating this issue and other adverse childhood experiences.\n\nIn recent years, the CDC released information on a long-term research project highlighting the importance of childhood experiences and its effects on adulthood. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study revealed that child abuse has fundamental effects on children that are immediately felt and others that only reveal themselves in adulthood. \n\nThe Parenting Center believes that through programs that provide affordable and accessible counseling, parent education, safety information and relationship support for families of all income levels, the risk of child abuse and other ACEs can be significantly decreased in the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Life Education

The Family Life Education program is one of the key ways The Parenting Center maintains its mission to build successful families. We do this through offering more than 50 transformative topics and through a number of programs, including our Parenting Workshops, Family Transitions and Parenting Education Program in Schools.

Parenting Workshops – these workshops range from basic parenting skills to complex issues and span from birth through teen years. Workshops are offered at The Parenting Center, online and throughout the Metroplex.

Family Transitions – comprehensive and hands-on support for families raising children between homes or currently going through the transition. This support is offered to parents, blended families and other family members and include educational classes, consultations, mediation and co-parenting coaching.

Parenting Education Program in Schools – taught throughout high schools in our community, parenting experts educate students on healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served

We offer individual, family, and couples counseling.  Counseling ranges from general assistance to help for abused and neglected children.  For children between the ages of three and eight, the counselor may use play therapy as a way of helping a child address and resolve problems.  The Parenting Advice Line (PAL) is available as a free service to parents and caregivers who need answers to questions about caring for children.  Trained staff help callers develop a plan or share ideas to resolve concerns.  They may also make recommendations to other services which can provide additional tools to succeed.

Population(s) Served

This comprehensive program is designed to strengthen families through marriage skills training for couples.  They are also provided with case management services that include job skills, budget training, parenting education, and other services as needed.  When families are healthy and strong everyone benefits.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


2013 Best Practices Award 2013

Texas Association for Parenting Education

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Caregivers, Parents

Related Program

Family Life Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Unduplicated Family Life Education Program participants. The Parent Engagement Collaborative was sunset in 2021; hence why numbers are lower in 2022.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Clinical Counseling & Play Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Unduplicated participants, one of our contract therapists passed away and we had a transition with Clinical Director.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families. This is achieved through four main services, including Family Life Education, Empowering Families Program, Nest Program, and Clinical Counseling.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2021 Audit 2019 A-133 Single Audit 2018 A-133 Single Audit 2017 A-133 Single Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.28 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of THE PARENTING CENTER’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $302,436 -$246,125 $652,024 -$36,682 $833,616
As % of expenses 12.4% -8.6% 26.6% -1.8% 31.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $291,402 -$259,674 $636,313 -$73,485 $796,474
As % of expenses 11.9% -9.1% 25.8% -3.5% 29.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,697,808 $2,999,050 $2,226,278 $2,002,376 $3,348,328
Total revenue, % change over prior year 2.5% 11.2% -25.8% -10.1% 67.2%
Program services revenue 13.1% 9.8% 12.0% 13.5% 7.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.7% 0.8% 1.0% 0.6% 0.5%
Government grants 47.5% 47.2% 54.7% 50.5% 80.9%
All other grants and contributions 38.3% 42.4% 31.8% 36.4% 10.9%
Other revenue 0.4% -0.2% 0.6% -1.0% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,430,189 $2,854,072 $2,449,869 $2,076,820 $2,671,071
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.2% 17.4% -14.2% -15.2% 28.6%
Personnel 60.9% 55.5% 60.5% 70.4% 61.9%
Professional fees 22.9% 29.3% 23.9% 20.1% 26.3%
Occupancy 2.0% 1.9% 1.9% 2.2% 1.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 14.2% 13.3% 13.7% 7.3% 10.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,441,223 $2,867,621 $2,465,580 $2,113,623 $2,708,213
One month of savings $202,516 $237,839 $204,156 $173,068 $222,589
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $279,700
Fixed asset additions $0 $116,842 $685,795 $0 $42,739
Total full costs (estimated) $2,643,739 $3,222,302 $3,355,531 $2,286,691 $3,253,241

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 6.9 6.3 3.2 4.9 3.8
Months of cash and investments 8.8 7.8 5.3 7.3 5.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.5 4.9 5.5 6.2 8.4
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,404,203 $1,507,066 $651,398 $850,427 $839,185
Investments $375,109 $359,268 $424,998 $414,081 $474,682
Receivables $584,186 $570,462 $431,851 $409,714 $792,979
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,547,623 $1,664,467 $2,350,262 $2,366,987 $2,409,726
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 91.2% 85.6% 61.3% 62.4% 62.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.2% 6.6% 4.3% 13.9% 4.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,660,425 $1,400,751 $2,037,064 $1,963,579 $2,760,053
Temporarily restricted net assets $652,799 $1,019,313 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $108,583 $108,583 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $761,382 $1,127,896 $293,044 $255,047 $129,739
Total net assets $2,421,807 $2,528,647 $2,330,108 $2,218,626 $2,889,792

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Chris Butler

Chris Butler is President/CEO at The Parenting Center. Previously, he worked for the YMCA in both Fort Worth and Dallas. His Y career spanned over 30 years, serving as Vice President of Operations at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth when he left and came to The Parenting Center. He completed his BS in Kinesiology from University of North Texas.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr Michael Shedd

Retired City of Fort Worth

Term: 2018 - 2026

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.


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