Children at Risk

Houston, TX   |
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Children at Risk

EIN: 76-0360533


CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Robert Sanborn

Main address

2900 Weslayan, Suite 400

Houston, TX 77027 USA

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Subject area info


Public affairs

Community and economic development

Child welfare

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth



Non-adult children

Low-income people

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Our programs

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

Public Education Reform

CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) works to improve the quality of public education as Texas continues to fall behind other states in key indicators such as student achievement and high school graduation rates. C@R strives to draw immense public attention to the successes and failures within our public education system and reach over 1 million individuals through the publication of its annual Public School Rankings Report. We continue to educate the community by attracting prominent media attention to pressing issues through press conferences, news stories, articles and editorials. Annual education reform conferences aim to inform public officials, leaders in the academic community, education agencies and practictioners, and community stakeholders about the need for educational reform and available solutions. By promoting best practices, C@R hopes to improve conditions within our public education system and ensure the academic success of our our children.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

The Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being (CPFWB) advocates to change the way parent education and child abuse prevention is approached. The CPFWB believes that organizations should come together to create a framework that strives to provide all parents in our community with effective and accessible parent education. The CPFWB collaborates with and supports organizations that provide parent education courses to ensure that the infrastructure, policies, and partnerships are in place to improve availability. Using the design and curriculum of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), our approach targets all families, not just high-risk ones. Triple P has an established record of success on improving the parents’ mental health as well as decreasing rates of social, behavioral, and emotional disorders in children. This program is a multi-tiered approach, providing parents with necessary levels of support through group classes and/or individuals consultations.

Population(s) Served

An estimated one out of every three children that run away from home is lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home. CHILDREN AT RISK has led the fight to change state policy around the modern day form of slavery known as human trafficking. Having passed key pieces of legislation, including two omnibus bills, CHILDREN AT RISK has worked hard to identify specific solutions to help victims escape their life of exploitation and abuse. CHILDREN AT RISK is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on this heinous crime through media outreach, continuing legal education conferences for attorneys/judges and policy luncheons across Texas, and human trafficking summits. Additionally, we publish, The State of Human Trafficking in Texas, a comprehensive publication including data on the scope of trafficking, services available for victims, and legal remedies for child trafficking in Texas.

Population(s) Served

The Center for Child Health Research and Policy (CCHRP) is a collaboration among CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R), Doctors for Change, and Rice University’s Kinder Institute. The CCHRP strives to improve the health of children through a three-pronged approach: research, advocacy, and community outreach. This approach focuses on access to healthy food, obesity prevention, and access to care. In 2013, C@R successfully advocated for and helped pass SB 376, which requires schools with populations of ≥80% economically disadvantaged students to provide Universal School Breakfast (USB). Since our work with this initiative began, C@R has guided 22 school districts to offer USB to more than 629,000 students. Public awareness increases participation rates to ensure that more students start their day nourished and ready to learn. In 2014, the CCHRP will be conducting studies on school health, creating a positive environment for physical activity, and hosting frequent educational events for the community.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of bills supported that were turned into law.

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Bills supported that were turned into law to improve the quality of life for children.

Number of learning events that were hosted

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Free virtual events to engage the public and help them drive change for children. The events aim to share research, unpack pressing policy issues, and highlight diverse community perspectives.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

C@R does not provide direct services. Instead, we focus on the whole child and work to improve the quality of life for children through our research, collaboration, and advocacy initiatives.

C@R fulfills the holistic needs of children throughout Texas by focusing on three main issue areas that improve the quality of life for children.

- Education: The majority of students in Texas public schools come from economically disadvantaged communities. Quality early learning systems and K-12 public education programs can pull children out of poverty and close opportunity gaps.

- Health: Too many Texas children lack access to quality healthcare and nutrition. Hunger or poor health early in life can cause challenges for children in the classroom and well into adulthood. Every child deserves a healthy start.

- Opportunity and Resiliency: Every child deserves the chance to grow up safe, stable, and supported, and develop to their full potential. C@R works to expand equitable opportunity, prevent exploitation, and strengthen the resiliency of the most vulnerable children in Texas.

CHILDREN AT RISK works toward the focus areas through research and advocacy. CHILDREN AT RISK also uses prominent media attention to bring attention to important issues. CHILDREN AT RISK advocates through regular meetings with public officials.

CHILDREN AT RISK has a dedicated Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation team that works hard to research and publish school rankings data. There is also a dedicated public policy team that has extensive experience and a great working relationship with elected officials.

CHILDREN AT RISK has been involved in supporting and lobbying for several successful legislation. These bills cover all of our focus areas. CHILDREN AT RISK's focus areas present ongoing issues for which the organization will continue to work to improve.

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 5.18 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 info

This snapshot of Children at Risk’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 -$10,198 $127,583 $194,233 $392,975 $204,249
As % of expenses -0.4% 4.9% 7.0% 15.5% 6.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$51,501 $73,251 $139,680 $348,020 $165,518
As % of expenses -2.1% 2.8% 5.0% 13.5% 5.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,672,667 $3,195,692 $3,134,740 $2,734,074 $3,298,856
Total revenue, % change over prior year 35.9% 19.6% -1.9% -12.8% 20.7%
Program services revenue 8.1% 8.3% 6.0% 2.0% 2.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 1.1% 6.7% 23.9% 15.4%
All other grants and contributions 91.9% 90.5% 87.2% 74.1% 81.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,454,585 $2,606,032 $2,762,593 $2,537,978 $2,962,356
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.5% 6.2% 6.0% -8.1% 16.7%
Personnel 68.7% 77.1% 70.4% 73.1% 72.9%
Professional fees 10.7% 8.9% 11.5% 14.4% 15.8%
Occupancy 4.7% 3.2% 3.2% 6.4% 5.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.6% 10.5% 14.8% 6.0% 6.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,495,888 $2,660,364 $2,817,146 $2,582,933 $3,001,087
One month of savings $204,549 $217,169 $230,216 $211,498 $246,863
Debt principal payment $0 $23,000 $0 $18,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $76,501 $70,764 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,776,938 $2,971,297 $3,047,362 $2,812,431 $3,247,950

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 1.5 1.0 2.7 4.3 4.9
Months of cash and investments 1.5 1.6 3.3 4.5 5.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.0 -0.7 0.1 2.0 2.5
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $301,068 $206,787 $629,375 $915,631 $1,221,424
Investments $0 $134,244 $139,996 $35,696 $43,301
Receivables $390,699 $967,798 $910,765 $871,542 $827,295
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $288,861 $359,625 $378,906 $257,560 $268,904
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 49.3% 54.7% 66.3% 67.9% 79.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 13.9% 14.3% 12.2% 9.0% 5.9%
Unrestricted net assets -$51,596 $21,655 $161,335 $509,355 $674,873
Temporarily restricted net assets $633,754 $1,126,425 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $153,230 $117,925 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $786,984 $1,244,350 $1,428,190 $1,238,784 $1,376,187
Total net assets $735,388 $1,266,005 $1,589,525 $1,748,139 $2,051,060

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Principal Officer

Dr. Robert Sanborn

Dr. Sanborn is a noted leader, advocate, and activist for education and children and the President and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK. Before entering the non-profit sector, Sanborn had a distinguished career in higher education. Under his leadership, CHILDREN AT RISK has expanded its influence considerably. Notable achievements include opening up centers in Dallas and Fort Worth; launching the Public Policy & Law Center, the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute, the Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being and the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children; directing significantly increased media attention to the issues championed by the organization; and increasing the organizational capacity to drive macro-level change to improve the lives of Texas' most defenseless children. He continues to work to end poverty at a systematic level through advocacy with community organizations and an increased awareness among public officials and the media.

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Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/20/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Donald Bowers

Federal Reserve Bank

Erich Almonte

King and Spalding LLP

Claire Bocchini

Texas Children's Hospital

Donald Bowers

Federal Reserve Bank

Erich Canseco

Morgan Stanley

Kindel Elam

Mattress Firm

Rebecca Hove

Greater Houston Community Foundation

Steve Jones

WaterBridge Resources LLC

Devika Kornbacher

Vinson and Elkins LLP

Timmy Newsome

Newtec Business Solutions

Benjamin Samuels

Samuels Family Foundation

Robert Sanborn


Myron (Buddy) Steves

Myron F. Steves & Co.

Larry Wisniewski


Jason Durham


Sukanti Ghosh

APCO Worldwide

Manon Kebodeaux

Human Resources Executive

Manish Panjwani


Olivia Barvin

Barvin Law

Adam Branscum

AB Modern Group

Michael Carrasco

Morgan Stanley

Doe Florsheim

Community Advocate

Asha George

Electronic Arts

Deborah Gordon

Memorial Hermann Health System

Michael Kelly

Paso del Norte Health Foundation

Dan Longoria

Mattress Firm, El Paso

Michelle Lopez

Baylor College of Medicine

Ann Miller

Affinity Capital

Kindel Elam Nuno

The Mattress Firm

Chris Pedigo

Cook Children's Healthcare

Maya Pomroy

The Public Lead

Jay Pasale


Kevin Ramoutar

Duff & Phelps

Adolfo Santos

Texas A&M University, McAllen

John Seo


Alessa Serda


Bradley Simmons

Rice Board Fellow

Jasmine Turner

Williams Companies

Genai Walker-Macklin

Morgan Stanley

Chris Wallace

North Texas Commission

Chris Watt

Reed Smith LLP

Carol Wise

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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