Better Business Bureau Report for
Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc.
Address: 101 Nob Hill Rd. Suite 301
  Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 608-277-8288
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Easter Seals Society of Wisconsin

Year, State Incorporated: 1926, Wisconsin
Affiliates: Easter Seals, Inc.
Stated Purpose: Easter Seals Wisconsin strives to increase independence, maximize opportunities, minimize barriers, and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Whether providing therapeutic recreation and camping opportunities for children, respite care for families, helping farmers continue to farm after a disabling accident or illness, or helping adults with disabilities gain independence through self-employment, Easter Seals Wisconsin offers services to address community needs across the state. For over 75 years, Camp Wawbeek, in Wisconsin Dells, has served children and adults with physical, cognitive and other disabilities in one week summer sessions and year-round weekend sessions. Also served are veterans with disabilities and their families, and children and teens with high-functioning autism; campers are served from every county in Wisconsin. Respite Camp was launched in partnership with the Wisconsin Elks to meet the need for one-to-one, 24-hour respite care for children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities, giving parents and caregivers time away from the stress of providing 24-hour care. The FARM Program serves farmers who have experienced a disabling accident, illness or health-relation condition, helping farmers with disabilities adapt and secure assistive technology and equipment to accommodate their disability and continue to farm. Self-Employment Services works one-on-one with entrepreneurs with disabilities to evaluate, develop and implement a business plan.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Respite Program 1,093,692
Camping Services 1,031,133
Farm & Vocational Services 781,552
Public Health Education 147,760
Client Assistance Services 93,994
Total Program Expenses: $3,148,131
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Chief Executive : Christine E Fessler, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Tom Woodward
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Local Business Owner

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 56

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, Annual Campaign & Donation Center Pick-Up Service
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,495,749, 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 Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
All other contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts 1,700,100
Program Fees 1,567,720
Government Grants 662,970
Net Gain-Sales of Assets other than inventory 197,431
Investment Income 124,369
Fundraising Events 120,273
Other Income 119,954
Net Rental Income 25,685
Federated Campaigns 12,406
Total Income $4,530,908


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 3%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $4,530,908
Program expenses $3,148,131
Fund raising expenses 302,153
Administrative expenses 117,776
Other Expenses 35,000
Total expenses $3,603,060
Income in Excess of Expenses 927,848
Beginning net assets 8,109,070
Other Changes in Net Assets 169,973
Ending net assets 9,206,891
Total liabilities 304,989
Total assets $9,511,880

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