Better Business Bureau Report for
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wisconsin Chapter, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wisconsin Chapter, Inc.
Address: 1120 James Dr. Ste. A
  Hartland, WI 53029
Phone: 262-369-4400
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Wisconsin
Affiliates: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Stated Purpose: The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now - to move together toward a word free of multiple sclerosis. To mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of MS. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't. Together we are helping people address the challenges of living with MS. Together we are finding new treatments for MS. Together we are advocating on behalf of those living with MS. Together we will find a cure.

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Evaluation Conclusions


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wisconsin Chapter, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, with symptoms ranging from impaired vision and cognitive dysfunction, to loss of muscle coordination and paralysis. Consistent with the Society’s mission, the National MS Society—Wisconsin Chapter funds MS research. The Wisconsin Chapter provides support to the more than 10,000 children, women and men living in Wisconsin and diagnosed with MS and ensures that this underserved population—for which no other organizations specifically address its unique needs—has access to a range of programs and services that are available at minimal or no cost; these include MS education through seminars, workshops, teleconferences and a professionally staffed Toll-Free information hotline; share-of-cost and financial assistance programs; emotional support through more than 50 Circle of Hope self-help groups; and family support through the annual MS Summit, the Camp Scholarships for Kids program, and college scholarships for youth affected by the disease.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wisconsin Chapter, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Research 1,205,880
Client Programs 755,709
National Program Expense 672,477
Public Education 578,964
Community Programs 404,208
Professional Education and Training 141,622
Total Program Expenses: $3,758,860
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Chief Executive : Colleen Kalt, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: David J. Rodgers
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CFO, Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 25

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,412,016, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wisconsin Chapter, Inc. incurred joint costs of $89,834 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $34,316 was allocated to program expenses, $55,518 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $ was allocated to administrative expenses.
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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 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wisconsin Chapter, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Special Events Revenue 3,350,133
Contributions 1,011,570
Legacies 50,313
Other Income 16,406
Investment Income 9,064
Service Program Fees 450
Total Income $4,437,936


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $4,437,936
Program expenses $3,758,860
Fund raising expenses 482,575
Administrative expenses 257,958
Total expenses $4,499,393
Expenses in Excess of Income (61,457)
Beginning net assets 1,749,153
Ending net assets 1,687,696
Total liabilities 708,986
Total assets $2,396,682

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