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BBB Charity Review for
DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 1/8/2009

 

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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Name:
Business Address: 200 W. Pine Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39403

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Original Business Start Date: 8/18/1983
Principal:
Phone Number:
(601) 545-2102
Email Address:
Type of Business:
CHARITY - LOCAL
Primary Email: dream.lindav@dreamofhattiesburg.org
Website Address:

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.

Mission

To serve as a catalyst for implementing programs effective in the prevention or reduction of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by children and their families.

Programs

DREAM Center Tutoring & Enrichment Program Mondays Thursdays
Program that provides after-school programming for students K-12 needing supervision with homework and classroom assignments.  Volunteers provide 1 on 1 tutoring and mentoring.  A drug abuse prevention component is provided.  Parent involvement is designed to enhance parent (caretaker) skills in being an advocate for their child's educational environment.

Youth Leadership Development provides training and leadership opportunities for youth engaged in promoting drug-free choices.

Underage Drinking Prevention includes community awareness, parent education, peer influence, youth leadership development training and merchant awareness.

Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws include community awareness, social marketing, classroom education, and youth leadership development training.

Regional Drug Abuse Prevention Resource Center provides print and media materials and resources for community members engaged in drug abuse prevention activities.  Training and technical assistance is available for peer helpers, drug-free workplace, schools, parent groups, the faith community etc.  Topics include, but not limited to, parenting; alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention; prescription drug abuse, underage drinking prevention; suicide prevention; drinking and driving prevention; violence and bullying prevention.


DREAM Community Planning Coalition serving the Hattiesburg region to prevent and reduce underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the communities within Forrest and Lamar Counties.  Over 50 members represent the segments and demographics of the community for planning and program implementation.  This group also serves as the advisory committee for DREAM Board of Directors.

Youth Suicide Prevention supports media campaigns to reduce underage drinking.  Media designs created by youth include billboards, print messages, radio, PSAs, stickers, and mass transit benches.

Support of National Prevention Campaigns:  Alcohol Awareness, Red Ribbon Campaign, DUI Awareness, FAS Awareness, Night Out Against Crime and Drugs, etc.

Drug-free Youth Groups provide alternative activities, positive environment and leadership development training for youth.

Authorized provider for American Red Cross.

Governance

Board Size:14
Paid Staff:10

Fundraising Methods

DREAM of Hattiesburg receives funding support from United Way of Southeast Mississippi, MS Dept of Mental Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, MS Commission for Volunteer Services, MS Dept of Highway Safety Public Safety Planning, Drug Free Communities Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and their annual fundraiser "A Night of Sweet Dreams". They also use direct mail, printed advertisements and grant proposals to help fund the organization.

Financial Summary

According to the Audited Financials for the Fiscal Year ended 7/31/2011:

Total Income $707,145.00
Total Expenses $614,790.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $92,355.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $595,786.00 96.91%
Fund Raising $665.00 0.11%
Administrative $18,339.00 2.98%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $705,989.00 99.84%
Sale of Non Inventory ($1,754.00) -0.25%
Other $2,910.00 0.41%

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Additional Locations & Phone Numbers

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Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

Advertising Review

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Additional Information

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DREAM of Hattiesburg receives funding support from United Way of Southeast Mississippi, MS Dept of Mental Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, MS Commission for Volunteer Services, MS Dept of Highway Safety Public Safety Planning, Drug Free Communities Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and their annual fundraiser "A Night of Sweet Dreams". They also use direct mail, printed advertisements and grant proposals to help fund the organization.

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Report as of: 5/4/2015
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