Better Business Bureau Report for
Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.
Address: 840 Gessner, Suite 1300
  Houston, TX 77024
Phone: 281-589-4602
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1979, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To be the most effective prevention and recovery program helping young people and families avoid or recover from the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) has operated in Houston for over 43 years, providing free drug and alcohol prevention, education and recovery services to young people ages 12-25 and their parents. At PDAP’s six satellite locations, young people struggling to recover from substance abuse receive, free of charge, 12-step based support meetings, individual and family counseling, social and recreational activities and recovery support focused on developing life skills and coping skills. Parents are offered the support necessary to play a positive role in the recovery of their child. Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) had a very successful year in 2013, with an overall attendance of 24,601 at PDAP activities. This was a 24% increase over 2012 attendance. PDAP also expanded services in public schools in 2013. Partnering with Alief ISD, PDAP facilitated an afterschool program in nine Alief campuses. Plans are underway to partner with Spring Branch ISD schools in 2014. PDAP clients achieved a 78% sobriety rate, meeting our goal for 2013. We are proud of our successes and remain dedicated to providing hope for those affected by the devastation of substance in the Houston community.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Compensation Expense 323,306
Program Expenses 34,131
Payroll Taxes 32,797
Office and facility rental 32,284
Employee Benefits 31,347
Insurance 5,779
Promotion and Marketing 4,134
Depreciation 3,564
Telephone 3,249
Miscellaneous expense 3,241
Office supplies 857
Education and Training 713
Total Program Expenses: $475,402
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Chief Executive : Danielle Lutz, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Adrian Goodisman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director & Co. Head – U.S. Scotiabank

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 14

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $857,786, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 516,846
Special Events 321,947
Program Activities income 18,993
Interest/Investment Income 626
Net Assets Released from Restrictions
Total Income $858,412


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 69%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 21% 

Total income $858,412
Program expenses $475,402
Fund raising expenses 69,554
Administrative expenses 140,934
Total expenses $685,890
Income in Excess of Expenses 172,522
Beginning net assets 560,259
Other Changes in Net Assets 156,032
Ending net assets 732,781
Total liabilities 16,927
Total assets $749,708

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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