Better Business Bureau Report for
Platelet Disorder Support Association

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Platelet Disorder Support Association
Address: 8751 Brecksville Road, Ste. 150
  Cleveland, OH 44141
Phone: 877-528-3538
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1998, New Jersey
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and other platelet disorders through education, advocacy, research and support."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Patient Education - Provide on-line information and printed material to enhance knowledge about the disease/disorders related to platelets, treatments, and wellness practices. Investigate and report the most recent research finding and treatment recommendations. Support Services - Services promote patient-to-patient, patient-to-physician, and patient-to-medical provider communication. PDSA is also able to refer patients to local ITP medical professionals who can provide services to assist them with their treatment. Public & Medical Education - PDSA has become a source of information for busy medical professionals. It wants to continue to expand that role to nurses and other health professionals with new initiatives and targeted events. Its database of over 20,000 records allows us to communicate with the patient, the medical community, and public constituents through print material and e-mail. Advocacy & Research - PDSA stimulates and leverages research that will lead to new developments in the treatment of ITP and other platelet disorders. It believes that the profile and public understanding of platelet issues must be improved. It continues building its research fund and work with its medical advisors to delve into the causes of ITP and conduct smaller studies that could have an impact on the quality of life for an ITP patient.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, PDSA's program expenses were:

Programs 590,509
Total Program Expenses: $590,509
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Chief Executive : Caroline Kruse, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Peter Pruitt
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Auditor

Board Size: 10

Paid Staff Size: 7

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $668,225, 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 PDSA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Foundation Grants 262,806
Contributions - General 167,507
Conference 155,671
Contributions 122,363
Corporate Sponsorship 104,230
Merchandise Sales 11,319
Investment Income 3,206
Other Revenue 2,735
Total Income $829,837


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $829,837
Program expenses $590,509
Fund raising expenses 43,882
Administrative expenses 95,198
Total expenses $729,589
Income in Excess of Expenses 100,248
Beginning net assets 993,580
Ending net assets 1,093,828
Total liabilities 58,474
Total assets $1,152,302

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