Better Business Bureau Report for
Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc.

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

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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: None
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, 2015, Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Camping Services 1,152,206
Respite 1,068,014
FARM 502,569
Public Health Education 208,944
Self-Employment Services 136,589
Client Assistance Services 81,905
Total Program Expenses: $3,150,227
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Chief Executive : Christine Fessler, President/CEO

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

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 87

*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, Solicitations for Used Cars
Fund raising costs were 29% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,022,600, 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, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Program Service Fees 1,774,044
Government Grants & Support 453,601
Contributions 444,696
Bequests 209,068
Other Income 203,667
Donated Goods & Services, at fair value 191,827
Special Events (net) 167,509
Federated Fund-Raising 9,500
Investment Income -130,508
Total Income $3,323,404


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 3%  Other Expenses: 2%

Total income $3,323,404
Program expenses $3,150,227
Fund raising expenses 299,689
Administrative expenses 101,165
Other Expenses 61,630
Total expenses $3,612,711
Expenses in Excess of Income (289,307)
Beginning net assets 9,773,962
Ending net assets 9,484,655
Total liabilities 281,743
Total assets $9,766,668

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