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 Drive
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 rating588 of 103327 of 42
Fund acquisition rating606 of 103524 of 42
Resource allocation rating75 of 10358 of 42
Asset utilization rating1007 of 103341 of 42

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Balance sheet
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
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
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
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
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
Total expenses$130,000,752$129,014,595$134,917,869$149,622,536$163,967,210
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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)


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

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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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