Better Business Bureau Report for
Community Advocates, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2018

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

Find out more about this charity:

Back To Top

Charity Contact Information

Name: Community Advocates, Inc.
Address: 728 N James Lovell St
  Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414-449-4777
Web Address:
Also known as:Community Advocates
Milwaukee Womens Center
Back To Top

Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To provide individuals and families with advocacy and services to meet their basic needs so they may live in dignity.

Back To Top

Evaluation Conclusions


Community Advocates, Inc. (Comm. Adv.) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Back To Top



Community Advocates works with clients and the community to identify internal and external gaps in programs and services, pinpoints systemic barriers to accessing those programs and services, and effects change to better serve our clients and the community as a whole. Whether there is a need for safe, affordable housing, money management services for individuals with mental illness, or quality health care for all, CA has addressed these needs with programs that work. Community Advocates has also been a major contributor in the development of collaborative networks addressing homelessness, child abuse and neglect, and health care access. The networks have taken a broader systemic advocacy approach to dealing with issues. Two significant outcomes resulting from these networks have been greater collaboration and coordination between community-based organizations and bureaucracies, and more community resources to deal with these issues. This reflects our belief that advocacy is more than helping people: it is also about building a community that can support those in need. Community Advocates provides a continuum of services to ensure that all families or individuals are able to meet basic needs. Our programs assist people in crisis situations, move them out of that situation and provide means to prevent a similar crisis in the future. The strategies used include one-on-one advocacy, case-management, representation, information/referral, crisis intervention, education, systems advocacy and coalition building. Community Advocates major accomplishments include the creation of innovative programs, collaborative networks, and national, state, county and local recognition of agency programs and activities. Milwaukee Women's Center is an emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and is now a department within Community Advocates. The Milwaukee Women's Center provides a safe haven for women and children who have experienced family violence, and offers supportive services designed to foster an increase in self-reliance.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Comm. Adv.'s program expenses were:

Brighter Futures 3,017,275
Case Management 1,185,777
Women's Center Shelter 1,136,527
Public Policy 1,061,069
Utility 897,965
Housing 806,689
Autumn West 588,577
Family Support Center 559,807
Justice 2000 386,958
Other 264,432
Health Care 174,704
Disability 143,357
Outreach Nursing 125,637
Total Program Expenses: $10,348,774
Back To Top



Chief Executive : Andi Elliott, CEO

Chair of the Board: Pamela Klein
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 114

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
Back To Top

Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, grant proposals, Greater Milwaukee Foundation Match Day
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,768,883, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
Back To Top

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.
Back To Top



The following information is based on Comm. Adv.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
State of Wisconsin Grants 4,120,865
Milwaukee County Grants 2,083,137
City of Milwaukee Grants 1,450,177
Federal Grants 1,255,084
Foundation Grants 680,156
United Way 510,615
Miscellaneous Revenue 504,085
Other Grants & Revenue 429,941
Contributions 238,908
Interest & Dividend Income 5,819
Total Income $11,278,787


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $11,278,787
Program expenses $10,348,774
Fund raising expenses 80,035
Administrative expenses 862,704
Total expenses $11,291,513
Expenses in Excess of Income (12,726)
Beginning net assets 4,124,982
Ending net assets 4,112,256
Total liabilities 7,056,749
Total assets $11,181,731

Back To Top

An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. A copy of this report has been shared with the organization prior to publication. It is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. If the report is about a charity and states the charity meets or does not meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, it reflects the results of an evaluation of information and materials provided voluntarily by the charity. The name Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

This report is not to be used for fund raising or promotional purposes.

Send to:

What is an Accredited Charity