Better Business Bureau Report for
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

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

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: Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Address: 1700 W. Fond du Lac Ave
  Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: 414-931-7400
Web Address:
Also known as:America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Wisconsin
Affiliates: Feeding America
Stated Purpose: Mission: To feed the hungry.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (Second Harvest) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a food bank. Through our warehouses in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley, we distribute more than 18 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,000 pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies that serve 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. Through our Milwaukee distribution center, we provide food to nearly 800 nonprofit programs in nine counties. Our Fox Valley branch provides food to more than 200 nonprofit programs in 27 counties. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin was founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Since our first donation of a bushel of apples, we have distributed more than 280 million pounds of food to the hungry in eastern Wisconsin.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Second Harvest's program expenses were:

Donated product 34,293,277
Salaries 1,455,458
Grants to agencies 445,706
Transportation 378,477
Purchased product 349,322
Depreciation 301,183
Employee benefits 177,449
Building maintenance 165,115
FICA & other payroll taxes 123,414
Utilities 112,214
Liability, building and vehicle insurance 106,191
Special events 94,349
Community relations 93,389
Vehicle repair 70,817
Special projects 69,307
Warehouse 60,246
Shared maintenance payments and other product costs 49,507
Office supplies & services 46,655
Warehouse equipment repair 44,949
Food procurement 32,875
Partnership development 28,655
Miscellaneous 28,540
Dues and subscriptions 18,427
Professional Fees 16,494
Licenses and permits 11,721
Rent 9,588
Telephone 7,449
Printing 5,606
Recruiting on other human resources 1,367
Staff development, travel & conferences 1,278
Interest 1,202
Total Program Expenses: $38,600,227
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Chief Executive : Bonnie Bellehumeur, President

Chair of the Board: Jim Milner
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Urban Strategies, Inc.

Co-Chair of the Board : Ann Maher

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Co-Chair of the Board : N/A

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: N/A

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 41

*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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 22% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,750,312, 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 Second Harvest's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Donated Product Contributions 34,078,689
Contributions 3,480,991
Shared Maintenance 713,504
Shared Maintenance - Food fund 437,528
Change in fair value - Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. 410,555
Purchased Product Sales 391,893
Special Events 223,623
Change in fair value - Greater Milwaukee Foundation 121,423
Grant Revenue 67,994
Membership fees 60,055
Harvest Care sales 45,698
Miscellaneous 40,771
Shared maintenance - Madison 37,018
Investment income 6,756
Total Income $40,116,498


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 97%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 1% 

Total income $40,116,498
Program expenses $38,600,227
Fund raising expenses 828,984
Administrative expenses 490,568
Total expenses $39,919,779
Income in Excess of Expenses 196,719
Beginning net assets 14,112,530
Ending net assets 14,309,249
Total liabilities 625,218
Total assets $14,934,467

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