Human Services

District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Helping Our Neighbors In Need

aka Society of St. Vincent de Paul–Madison

Madison, WI


The District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving neighbors in need, without regard to race, religion or other characteristics unrelated to the need we encounter. SVdP offers assistance to those who have fallen upon times of hardship and personal crisis. Ways in which SVdP helps include providing food, clothing, medicine, housing, utility assistance and furniture, and by meeting other basic needs. SVdP is an international organization of lay people with presence in more than 150 countries. Volunteers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul--Madison have been helping Dane County neighbors in need since 1925.

Ruling Year


CEO & Executive Director

Ernest Stetenfeld

Main Address

PO Box 259686

Madison, WI 53725 USA


St. Vincent de Paul, Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy, Port St. Vincent, Seton House, Thrift Stores, Madison, Dane County





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our core mission and has been and remains helping our neighbors in need and honoring their human dignity through the person-to-person services offered by our members, other volunteers and staff. A key challenge for us as we move forward is how to mesh this still-crucial basic-needs assistance with efforts to advance systemic changes that can help those we serve move beyond poverty.

Our programs

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Thrift Stores

Food Pantry & Service Center

Port St. Vincent de Paul

Seton House

Charitable Pharmacy

Vinny's Lockers

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides an opportunity for volunteers in Dane County Wisconsin to use their talents and resources to help people who are coping with poverty.

We have a strategic plan that guides our action across our programs and resource areas. That plan envisions sustainable growth in services and resources, greater diversity among our volunteers and staff, increased awareness among volunteers and staff of poverty's causes and impacts, and enhanced resources for alleviating the isolation and sense of crisis for people challenged by poverty. Directional statements and goals in the plan derive from these areas of focus. We are currently developing a new plan for the period through 2022.

The Society relies on over 1,400 volunteers and members to work with a talented and dedicated staff. The financial resources our community provides to support our efforts are provided though our seven Dane County thrift stores, which sell donated goods, and through the direct financial donations we receive from our supporters.

We review our strategic plan progress on a periodic basis at a staff level and with our Board of Directors.

Under our most recent plan, we have made progress on phased upgrades of our housing-program facilities. We have done a better job in attracting youth and young-adult member/volunteer participation, but increasing participation among minority communities will require more effort in our pending plan. We have made inroads in fomenting public-policy advocacy on behalf of those we serve, but this area will also require further development. In our next plan, we will incrementally expand our thrift store presence and begin at least one new program area of service (currently under consideration) to local people in need.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?