Better Business Bureau Report for
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse
Address: 3710 East Avenue South
PO Box 266
  La Crosse, WI 54602-0266
Phone: 608-782-0710
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1997, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse proclaims Christ’s Gospel of Life and promotes human dignity by alleviating poverty and strengthening individuals and families.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Adoption - infant, child, step-parent, intercountry. Disability Services - adult/transition, after school, summer school and school programs for those dealing with Autism, Asperger's and other disabilities. Domestic Abuse Program - 24 hr helpline, support, advocacy, safety planning and referrals. Immigration - naturalization, adjustment of status, VAWA. Post Adoption - support, education, referrals. Pregnancy and Birthparent Support - support, information, referrals. Sojourner House - shelter in Eau Claire offering beds, shower, laundry and breakfast. St Lawrence Community Services - representative payee services, credit/debt counseling, foreclosure counseling, home-buyer education, food pantry, men's clothing closet and financial assistance with basic needs. St Damian - direct aid to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Winter Warming Center - located in La Crosse and Wausau from November through March.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse's program expenses were:

Disability Services 1,533,881
St. Lawrence Community Services 1,066,856
Adoption Programs 479,736
Shelter Services 321,027
Legal Immigration Services 105,760
Domestic Abuse 50,722
Total Program Expenses: $3,557,982
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Chief Executive : Deacon Richard Sage, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Sister Mary Ann Gschwind, FSPA
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Archivist

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 116

*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, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 22% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,092,336, 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 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Program Service Fees 2,035,237
Contributions 621,688
Diocesan Annual Appeal 540,000
Investment Income 467,801
Grants 348,610
United Way 122,038
Other 24,765
Fairshare Contributions 19,371
Total Income $4,179,510


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: Less than 1% 

Total income $4,179,510
Program expenses $3,557,982
Fund raising expenses 241,291
Administrative expenses 5,342
Total expenses $3,804,615
Income in Excess of Expenses 374,895
Beginning net assets 5,126,013
Ending net assets 5,500,908
Total liabilities 1,150,260
Total assets $6,651,168

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