AbleLight / formerly Bethesda Lutheran Communities

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Summary

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 Drive
Watertown, WI 53094

Website: ablelight.org

Phone: 800-369-4636

Email: info@ablelight.org


Organization details

EIN: 390806446

CEO/President: Keith Jones

Chairman: Cesar Villalpando

Board size: 13

Founder:

Ruling year: 1937

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


Purpose

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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Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating613 of 102225 of 41
Fund acquisition rating606 of 102424 of 41
Resource allocation rating107 of 10247 of 41
Asset utilization rating1001 of 102240 of 41

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
9%22%27%4%2%2%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
8%3%4%3%2%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%13%13%67%77%68%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
9%3%3%2%1%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%87%87%33%23%32%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%85%81%94%82%76%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
91%114%124%117%136%129%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
70%97%101%110%111%98%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
9%-14%-24%-17%-36%-29%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
15%-16%-24%-14%-29%-24%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%13%16%4%17%23%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.250.730.720.670.720.67
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.228.1111.0110.829.5810.29
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.075.897.887.226.936.92
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.030.600.460.860.650.46
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.101.672.151.161.542.19
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.64-1.36-1.76-0.27-0.93-2.06
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
22%43%41%30%35%37%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%20%19%17%17%14%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
69%78%82%105%90%93%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$7,596,490$3,805,642$6,650,139$7,951,842$7,703,334
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,949,373$8,771,162$8,698,778$10,159,873$12,840,893
Short-term investments$3,537,461$3,803,209$3,344,894$3,485,586$3,158,282
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$22,083,324$16,380,013$18,693,811$21,597,301$23,702,509
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$65,616,979$55,450,562$57,003,501$62,552,962$84,208,751
Other long-term assets$91,460,774$108,571,327$126,647,072$122,657,297$135,975,774
Total long-term assets$157,077,753$164,021,889$183,650,573$185,210,259$220,184,525
Total assets$179,161,077$180,401,902$202,344,384$206,807,560$243,887,034
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$35,498,253$35,292,825$21,718,676$33,135,756$51,895,058
Other current liabilities$1,365,373$0$20,000$40,780$10
Total current liabilities$36,863,626$35,292,825$21,738,676$33,176,536$51,895,068
Debt$35,273,843$35,000,773$35,001,806$35,057,574$35,003,871
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$5,440,425$4,210,710$4,171,080$3,640,322$3,874,074
Total long-term liabilities$40,714,268$39,211,483$39,172,886$38,697,896$38,877,945
Total liabilities$77,577,894$74,504,308$60,911,562$71,874,432$90,773,013
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$89,500,276$92,607,859$128,582,803$122,578,912$138,665,586
With donor restrictions$12,082,907$13,289,735$12,850,019$12,354,216$14,448,435
Net assets$101,583,183$105,897,594$141,432,822$134,933,128$153,114,021
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$15,036,461$13,699,641$76,683,307$84,466,635$86,719,187
Program service revenue$95,361,568$89,184,789$33,562,405$36,327,920$36,934,290
Membership dues$295$1,195$1,990$640$520
Investment income$2,474,768($206,316)$3,636,339($12,187,006)$1,173,592
Other revenue$932,171$968,854$1,023,402$1,304,922$2,016,869
Total other revenue$98,768,802$89,948,522$38,224,136$25,446,476$40,125,271
Total revenue$113,805,263$103,648,163$114,907,443$109,913,111$126,844,458
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$110,252,858$104,833,069$126,617,962$122,066,632$124,215,086
Management and general$16,472,386$20,430,838$5,202,572$25,655,984$37,851,036
Fundraising$3,275,508$3,750,688$3,097,335$1,899,920$1,901,088
Total expenses$130,000,752$129,014,595$134,917,869$149,622,536$163,967,210
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($16,195,489)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)($39,709,425)($37,122,752)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($16,195,489)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)($39,709,425)($37,122,752)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Dr Michael ThirtlePresident & CEO$580,867
Jeffrey KaczmarskiEVP & VP Legal$379,318
David Griebl Chief StrategyOfficer and Former CFO$295,685
Cindy Moon-Mogush ChiefMarketing & Communications Officer$294,402
Michael KlimkoskyChief Information Officer$261,247
John NickelsMajor Gifts Officer$252,241
Susan KaufmanFormer VP Operations$251,972
Lorene KingVP Philanthropy$204,501
Brian SavoieChief Financial Officer$56,696

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/24/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

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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