AbleLight / formerly Bethesda Lutheran Communities

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We believe the world shines brighter when people with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential. We pioneer life changing services that empower the people we serve to thrive.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
600 Hoffmann Dr.
Watertown, WI 53094


Phone: 800-369-4636

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 390806446

CEO/President: Keith Jones

Chairman: Cesar Villalpando

Board size: 13


Ruling year: 1937

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since: 2018


We believe the world shines brighter when people with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential. We include all people, cherish the opportunity to improve lives, and humbly accept our responsibility to lead by example. We are proud to be a Registered Service Organization with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and, guided by our Christian mission, we welcome, serve, and love every person. Leading the advancement of our field for the benefit of those we serve, we set the standard for excellence with a bold and relentless approach to innovation. Inherent in our DNA is a drive for continuous progress to make life changing impact.

Mission statement

We pioneer life-changing services that empower the people we serve to thrive.

Statement of faith

We are proud to be a partner and Registered Service Organization (RSO) with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. As an RSO, we are committed to following the LCMS doctrine, fostering the ministry and mission of the Church.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating931 of 111035 of 42
Fund acquisition rating620 of 111121 of 42
Resource allocation rating649 of 111126 of 42
Asset utilization rating1084 of 111041 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,657,237$8,354,900$10,949,373$8,771,162$8,698,778
Short-term investments$3,418,566$4,088,293$3,537,461$3,803,209$3,344,894
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$28,324,242$31,011,771$22,083,324$16,380,013$18,693,811
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$37,969,755$44,783,007$65,616,979$55,450,562$57,003,501
Other long-term assets$122,577,305$123,154,431$91,460,774$108,571,327$126,647,072
Total long-term assets$160,547,060$167,937,438$157,077,753$164,021,889$183,650,573
Total assets$188,871,302$198,949,209$179,161,077$180,401,902$202,344,384
Payables and accrued expenses$9,132,335$7,861,840$35,498,253$35,292,825$21,718,676
Other current liabilities$603,603$719,056$1,365,373$0$20,000
Total current liabilities$9,735,938$8,580,896$36,863,626$35,292,825$21,738,676
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,085,061$5,867,599$5,440,425$4,210,710$4,171,080
Total long-term liabilities$46,261,134$56,110,082$40,714,268$39,211,483$39,172,886
Total liabilities$55,997,072$64,690,978$77,577,894$74,504,308$60,911,562
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$119,676,202$121,743,804$89,500,276$92,607,859$128,582,803
With donor restrictions$13,198,028$12,514,427$12,082,907$13,289,735$12,850,019
Net assets$132,874,230$134,258,231$101,583,183$105,897,594$141,432,822
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$23,584,658$15,903,687$15,036,461$13,699,641$76,683,307
Program service revenue$67,606,433$84,348,609$95,361,568$89,184,789$33,562,405
Membership dues$0$0$295$1,195$1,990
Investment income$6,745,350$5,991,407$2,474,768($206,316)$3,636,339
Other revenue($305,054)$1,368,768$932,171$968,854$1,023,402
Total other revenue$74,046,729$91,708,784$98,768,802$89,948,522$38,224,136
Total revenue$97,631,387$107,612,471$113,805,263$103,648,163$114,907,443
Program services$77,460,877$98,496,733$110,252,858$104,833,069$126,617,962
Management and general$17,333,758$18,124,334$16,472,386$20,430,838$5,202,572
Total expenses$97,756,004$120,552,365$130,000,752$129,014,595$134,917,869
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($124,617)($12,939,894)($16,195,489)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($124,617)($12,939,894)($16,195,489)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)


Jeffrey KaczmarskiEVP & VP Legal$377,712
Dave SneddonChief Operating Officer$370,358
Diane EkstrandChief Human Resources Offi$323,924
Dr Michael ThirtleFormer President and CEO$319,807
Thomas CampbellVP Real Estate$312,892
Brian SavoieChief Financial Officer$304,511
Cindy Moon-Mogush ChiefMarketing & Communications$295,379
Sri NagarajanChief Technology & Innovation Officer$260,088
Juli FrankVP Retail Operations$217,888
Lorene KingFormer VP Philanthropy$214,835

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2022

Response from ministry

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Since the moment we opened our doors in 1904, our Christian faith has been the foundation of our mission. Not only does it guide us in all we do and how we do it, but we recognize how the Lord's word can provide inspiration and purpose for people with developmental disabilities, their families and loved ones. We endeavor at all times to support the people we serve on their faith journeys. Whether through Bible studies, prayer services, or creating accessible materials and resources, we are honored to be faithful disciples of His word. We love and serve people of all faiths and denominations.

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