Better Business Bureau Report for
Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America

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

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America
Address: 2311 S. 108th Street
  West Allis, WI 53227
Phone: 414-328-8910
Web Address:
Also known as:WPVA
Wisconsin Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The purposes of the Corporation shall at all times be consonant with PVA. (b) To aid and assist in every way veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who have suffered injuries or diseases of the spinal cord. (c) To publicize the needs of such veterans through every means and channel available in order to effectuate the fulfillment of such needs as far as possible. (d) To promote the full participation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease in society by carrying out educational programs and by acquainting the public with their needs and problems and by aiding and assisting such constituent associations which may be organized for the same purposes. (e) To advocate and foster thorough and continuing medical research in the fields connected with injuries and diseases of the spinal cord, including research in neurosurgery, genitourinary, orthopedics, and prosthetic appliances. (f) To advocate and foster a comprehensive and effective rehabilitation program for its members, as well as non-members, to include a thorough physical rehabilitation; physiotherapy; active sports programs; academic, vocational and educational counseling; psychological counseling and indicated occupational therapy. (g) To cooperate with other Corporations and groups engaged in similar activities with a view toward carrying out the purposes described herein above in the most effective manner. (h) To provide scholarships to students attending Wisconsin colleges studying nursing, recreation therapy, occupational therapy, for the care of spinal cord injury patients using veteran hospital care system.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America (WPVA) does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

WPVA does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, the organization spent $225,738 or 63% of its total expenses ($359,694) on program service activities.
Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America (WPVA) meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter offers programs that: - provide opportunities for health promotion, sports & recreation, employment, service and camaraderie for paralyzed veterans. - Advocate for and monitor the health care benefits and services for veterans. - Educate the public with the current and ongoing needs of America's veterans

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, WPVA's program expenses were:

Membership & benefits 114,257
Public affairs 89,521
Reserach and education 21,960
Total Program Expenses: $225,738
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Chief Executive : Paul J Lehman, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Phillip E Rosenburg
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 4

*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, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 22% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $221,089, 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 WPVA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
PVA Grant 136,250
Fundraising & Contributions 79,767
Donated services 26,275
Net rental income 21,381
Event registration fees 13,305
Investment income 3,985
Fundraising & Contributions, released from restriction 2,576
Other income 1,531
Special event fundraising 965
Total Income $286,035


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 62%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 24% 

Total income $286,035
Program expenses $225,738
Fund raising expenses 48,805
Administrative expenses 85,151
Total expenses $359,694
Expenses in Excess of Income (73,659)
Beginning net assets 716,249
Ending net assets 642,590
Total liabilities 39,528
Total assets $682,118

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