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: Yes

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 rating674 of 107426 of 41
Fund acquisition rating621 of 107524 of 41
Resource allocation rating185 of 107513 of 41
Asset utilization rating1052 of 107440 of 41

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,354,900$10,949,373$8,771,162$8,698,778$10,159,873
Short-term investments$4,088,293$3,537,461$3,803,209$3,344,894$3,485,586
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$31,011,771$22,083,324$16,380,013$18,693,811$21,597,301
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$44,783,007$65,616,979$55,450,562$57,003,501$62,552,962
Other long-term assets$123,154,431$91,460,774$108,571,327$126,647,072$122,657,297
Total long-term assets$167,937,438$157,077,753$164,021,889$183,650,573$185,210,259
Total assets$198,949,209$179,161,077$180,401,902$202,344,384$206,807,560
Payables and accrued expenses$7,861,840$35,498,253$35,292,825$21,718,676$33,135,756
Other current liabilities$719,056$1,365,373$0$20,000$40,780
Total current liabilities$8,580,896$36,863,626$35,292,825$21,738,676$33,176,536
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$5,867,599$5,440,425$4,210,710$4,171,080$3,640,322
Total long-term liabilities$56,110,082$40,714,268$39,211,483$39,172,886$38,697,896
Total liabilities$64,690,978$77,577,894$74,504,308$60,911,562$71,874,432
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$121,743,804$89,500,276$92,607,859$128,582,803$122,578,912
With donor restrictions$12,514,427$12,082,907$13,289,735$12,850,019$12,354,216
Net assets$134,258,231$101,583,183$105,897,594$141,432,822$134,933,128
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,903,687$15,036,461$13,699,641$76,683,307$84,466,635
Program service revenue$84,348,609$95,361,568$89,184,789$33,562,405$36,327,920
Membership dues$0$295$1,195$1,990$640
Investment income$5,991,407$2,474,768($206,316)$3,636,339($12,187,006)
Other revenue$1,368,768$932,171$968,854$1,023,402$1,304,922
Total other revenue$91,708,784$98,768,802$89,948,522$38,224,136$25,446,476
Total revenue$107,612,471$113,805,263$103,648,163$114,907,443$109,913,111
Program services$98,496,733$110,252,858$104,833,069$126,617,962$122,066,632
Management and general$18,124,334$16,472,386$20,430,838$5,202,572$25,655,984
Total expenses$120,552,365$130,000,752$129,014,595$134,917,869$149,622,536
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)($12,939,894)($16,195,489)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)($39,709,425)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($12,939,894)($16,195,489)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)($39,709,425)


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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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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