Communities In Schools Houston, Inc. (Houston, TX)


  • Name:Ms. Cathy Wistner
  • Title:Development Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Communities In Schools Houston, Inc.
  • Address:2150 West 18th., Suite 100
    Houston, TX 77008
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:713-654-1515

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Communities In Schools Houston, Inc. (CIS) is to provide and to coordinate student assistance services at the school campus in order to best meet the physical and emotional needs of at-risk students and to empower these students to remain in school.


    Communities In Schools is a campus-based, non-profit organization that works on-site with at-risk students in grades pre-K through 12, as well as with their families and communities, to provide opportunity, hope and change. We accomplish our goal of keeping at-risk children in school and achieving by providing effective, consistent services designed to meet the particular needs of each child, whether those needs are personal or academic. CIS’ dedicated staff is committed to delivering services that result in improved grades, attitudes, and behavior. Our improved retention and graduation rates result in generations of young people better prepared to enter the economic mainstream through enhanced employment opportunities &/or higher education.

  • History:
  • Communities In Schools Houston, Inc. (CIS) began in May, 1979 with one program at M.C. Williams Middle School in the Acres Homes community. The first Texas implementation of a national program model based on the late 1960s "street academies" for poor urban youth, CIS provides on-campus delivery and coordination of student assistance services focused on keeping kids in school and preparing them for life. Cynthia Clay Briggs, CIS’ Executive Director, has been with the organization since its inception. She was the Project Manager of the first program at M.C. Williams Middle School, and became the Executive Director in 1989. In this capacity, she leads a staff of nearly 200 employees.

    Communities In Schools currently operates programs in 92 Houston-area schools in five school districts. These campuses include Houston, Alief, Spring Branch, Fort Bend, and Aldine Independent School districts and several charter schools. CIS reaches students who are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school by offering Six Core Services: individual and group supportive guidance, academic support, career awareness, cultural enrichment, parental involvement, and information about and referrals to social services providers. In addition, CIS provides several special and emergency service programs, including Project MOVE (Mobile Operations Vehicle for Everybody) Dental; Intervention Support Services; the CIS Summer Youth and Employment Program; the emergency needs program; and holiday gift giving.

    Communities In Schools is the only comprehensive, campus-based, dropout-prevention program in Houston. CIS addresses the academic, physical, and emotional needs of at-risk students on a year-round basis. During the 2006/2007 school year, nearly 36,000 students received over 400,000 hours of direct services from CIS staff and an additional 100,000 hours of group activity services, with an average annual cost per student of about $226. Our outcome statistics for the 2006/2007 school year are especially gratifying. CIS students who received our full caseload of services had a 98 percent stay-in-school rate, a 79 percent graduation rate and 90 percent showed marked improvement in academics, behavior, and/or attendance. Clearly, what we do works!

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:59
  • Advisory board size:11
  • Staff size:176

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • CIS is governed by a Board of Directors, which according to CIS’ Amended and Restated By-Laws, are the Trustees of CIS and manage and maintain authority over all affairs of CIS. Officers and Members at Large of the Board of Directors include:

    President Emeritus: Bob G. Gower; Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc.; corporate relations and philanthropy, business management
    President: William R. Hurt; Sanders Morris Harris; business management; legislative issues, corporate relations and philanthropy
    Vice President: Charles W. Duncan III; Duncan Interests, Inc.; business management; corporate relations and philanthropy
    Vice President: Kirby Cohn McCool; philanthropy, community involvement, fundraising
    Vice President: Judy Tate; philanthropy, community involvement, fundraising
    Secretary: Pat Rosenberg; education, community involvement
    Treasurer: W. Todd Huskinson; BearingPoint; finance, community involvement
    Assistant Treasurer: Kelley H. Trammell; finance, philanthropy, community involvement, fundraising
    Martha Armstrong; Baylor College of Medicine; healthcare and social services
    Ann Smith Barnes; Baylor College of Medicine; healthcare
    Diane Bentivegna; Wachovia Bank, N.A.; finance, community involvement, corporate philanthropy
    Cindi Blakely; community involvement, philanthropy, fundraising
    Kimberly Bowron; community involvement, marketing and public relations
    Jessica Brazelton; community involvement, fundraising
    Gina Carroll; community involvement
    Margot Cater; community involvement
    Bobby Smith Cohn; philanthropy, community involvement, fundraising
    Carolyn Melton Corbett; community involvement
    Mary Cooley Craddock; community involvement
    Julie Crosswell; philanthropy, community involvement, fundraising
    Sidney Fay; community involvement
    Carol Mims Galloway; Houston City Council; community involvement
    Anne Graubart; philanthropy, fundraising, community involvement
    Roslyn Haikin; philanthropy, fundraising, community involvement
    Ann H. Hamman; philanthropy, fundraising, community involvement
    Dr. Bernard Harris; Vesalius Ventures; community involvement
    Kay Hedges; community involvement, fundraising
    Heather Herrold; community involvement
    W. Robert Houston; University of Houston; education, social services, evaluation
    Anna G. James; corporate relations, community involvement, foster parenting
    Christy Garrett Jennings; community involvement
    Susan Hunter Keefe; community involvement, fundraising
    Jan Kellogg; community involvement, fundraising
    Kathryn Ketelsen; community involvement, philanthropy, fundraising
    Bill M. Kroger; Baker Botts L.L.P.; law, corporate relations, community involvement
    Stephen A. Lasher; GulfStar Group; corporate relations, community involvement
    Floyd LeBlanc; CenterPoint Energy; corporate relations, community involvement
    Barry M. Lewis; Goldeneye, Inc.; business management, community involvement
    Peggy Ley; community involvement, business management
    Steve Long; Long Consulting and Investment Advisory Services
    Cathy Malone; community involvement
    Soraya McClelland; community involvement
    Lamar McCorkle; 133rd Civil District Court; law, community involvement
    Jo Ann McLaughlin; corporate relations, community involvement
    Charles T. Newton, Jr; Vinson & Elkins; law, community involvement
    Vivian O’Leary; The Junior League of Houston; community involvement
    P. Allan Port; Amegy Bank of Texas; law, community involvement
    Jim Pruett; Duke Energy; human resources, community involvement
    Jan Redford; University of Houston; counseling, education, community involvement
    Franelle Rogers; community involvement
    David Sambrooks; Devon Energy; business management, community involvement
    Sherry Swiger; community involvement
    John Wagner; Wagner Communications; media, public relations, community involvement
    Elizabeth Wareing; community involvement, philanthropy
    Bill White; law, corporate relations, community involvement
    Linda Gale White; community involvement

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Cynthia Clay Briggs, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Cynthia Clay Briggs, Executive Director LMSW - Overall leadership

    J. Keith Labrie, Chief Financial Officer MBA - Responsible for all fiscal areas of agency

    Melissa L. Simon, Director of Development MSW - Responsible for all fund development, communications and marketing;

    Sylvia Teague, Director of Field Operations BBA - Supervision of field staff responsible for providing direct services

    Angelica Francis Adams, Director of Partnership Holds M.Ed - Responsible for securing and maintaining all partnerships and collaborations; oversight of Project MOVE (mobile dental unit)

    Lisa Harrison, Director of Quality and Standards MSW, LMSW - Responsible for all data collection and reporting, federal funding compliance, and training


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:76-0031827

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:760031827
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1235 NORTH LOOP W STE 300
  • Organization City:HOUSTON
  • Organization State:TX
  • Organization Zip:77008-4702
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1983
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:B94
  • Asset Amount:$3,591,115
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$10,916,730
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$10,916,730
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:28:48 pm

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