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   |  svdpmadison.org

Mission

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 info

2010

CEO & Executive Director

Ernest Stetenfeld

Main address

PO Box 259686

Madison, WI 53725 USA

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EIN

39-0824876

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Thrift Stores

We run seven Dane County thrift stores where people can buy clothing, furniture household items and more at low prices. We donate items out of our stores directly to people coping with poverty. low-income people. Last year we gave away nearly $500,000 in clothing, furniture, bedding, and household items. In Dane County we are the primary source of furniture for people who find housing after struggling with homelessness. Money raised through our stores allows us to help people with other needs, including food, medicine, housing and more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

The largest food pantry in Dane County is operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Open 5 days a week the pantry provided over $1.3 million of food to families in need. Also offers vouchers for clothing, furniture & household goods fulfilled through seven Dane County stores.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$500,000

For up to 34 men at a time, The Port is a program that provides transitional, emergency and long-term supportive housing, plus meals, hygiene services, and support to work toward goals to rebuild lives.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Homeless people
Budget
$295,000

Transitional Housing for women and children

Population(s) Served
Females
Non-adult children
Budget
$125,000

The St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Madison, Wis., opened in 2013, and remains the state's only stand-alone charitable pharmacy -- one that fills presciptions written by a range of providers and that is not part of some broader health network or hospital system. Our pharmacy provides prescribed medications free of charge to treat the chronic or acute conditions of uninsured adults in households with incomes under 200% of the federal poverty level. Last year this program provided required medications (but no opioids) valued at more than $1,000.000. (The budget for this program is reflected in co-located Food Pantry program noted above.)

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Vinny's Lockers provides secure storage for the belongings -- including documents and mementos -- of local people struggling with homelessness. (The budget for this program is reflected within the figure noted above for our nearby Food Pantry.)

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

President James Oeth


Board co-chair

V.P. Richard Pilsner

Greg Keller

Madison Catholic Diocese, CFO, ret.

Mark Kraemer

Monona Bank, V.P.

Barbara Matthews

Wisconsin DOJ Investigator - retired

Richard Pilsner

D&S Dental, Pres., ret.

Kathleen Dare

Volunteer

Susanna Herro

Attorney; Beckett Bronze Co., Pres.

Thomas Parslow

Ag. & Nat. Resources Program Leader, ret.

James Oeth

Engineer, ret.

Maribeth Malnor

Special Ed. Teacher, ret.

Susan McMahon

Anesthesiologist, ret.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

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