Better Business Bureau Report for
La Causa, Inc.

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: La Causa, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 04188
  Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: 414-647-8750
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To provide children, youth and families with quality, comprehensive services to nurture healthy family life and enhance community stability.

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Evaluation Conclusions


La Causa, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Over 300 staff members provide a broad range of family-centered services from early education and care to elementary and middle school education in a Charter School setting; from foster care recruitment, to mental health treatment services to parenting classes and support groups; and from ensuring children’s most basic needs are met to providing shelter and resources for families in crisis.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, La Causa, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Education 7,755,831
Social Services 7,067,313
Early Education/HELP 1,987,517
Crisis Nursery 511,341
Total Program Expenses: $17,322,002
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Chief Executive : George Torres, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Steve Sperka
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President - Long Term Care Department Northwestern Mutual

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 323

*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
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,011,459, 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 La Causa, Inc.'s unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Elementary Ed Fees 7,346,075
Milwaukee County 5,875,386
DSS Voucher/Subsidies 1,107,169
State of WI 1,044,172
Fundraisers/Donations 825,431
USDA 651,163
Fees for Services 540,561
Private Fees/Transportation 175,186
United Way 142,114
SDC Head Start 70,034
Misc 58,223
City of Milwaukee 50,846
Grants 43,914
Total Income $17,930,274


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 98%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $17,930,274
Program expenses $17,322,002
Fund raising expenses 13,912
Administrative expenses 294,393
Total expenses $17,630,307
Income in Excess of Expenses 299,967
Beginning net assets 1,449,995
Ending net assets 1,749,962
Total liabilities 8,521,843
Total assets $10,271,805

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