Better Business Bureau Report for
Odyssey House of Utah, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2012

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Odyssey House of Utah, Inc.
Address: 344 E. 100 S., Suite 301
  Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-322-4257
Web Address:
Also known as:Odyssey House
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1971, Utah
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Exists to provide a continuum of care in the Salt Lake County area to help create accountable, self-sufficient and healthy individuals and families using the Therapeutic Community method. OH provides substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, vocation, housing, and prevention services to individuals and families in need.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Odyssey House of Utah, Inc. (OH) does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

OH does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total expenses for each program in the same categories that appear in the organization’s financial statements.
  • Total end of year net assets.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

OH does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
Odyssey House of Utah, Inc. (OH) meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, educational, vocational and housing assistance.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, OH's program expenses were:

Program services 6,457,391
Total Program Expenses: $6,457,391
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Chief Executive : Eric Schmidt, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Jerry Eldredge
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Accountant - Universal Accounting

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 144

*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, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,493,771, 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 OH's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.

Source of Funds  
Grants 2,909,944
Medicaid 1,790,732
Fee for service 688,692
In-kind donations 374,192
Vocational training 275,503
DPA-Food stamps & TANF 217,722
Contributions 212,398
Interest and dividends 29,514
Special events 24,588
Unrealized loss on marketable securities -4,216
Total Income $6,519,069


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $6,519,069
Program expenses $6,457,391
Fund raising expenses 98,390
Administrative expenses 310,967
Total expenses $6,866,748
Expenses in Excess of Income (347,679)
Beginning net assets 3,307,126
Ending net assets 2,959,447
Total liabilities 583,279
Total assets $3,542,726

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