VSS Catholic Communications, Inc.

Encounter Jesus

aka Spirit Catholic Radio Network   |   Omaha, NE   |

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VSS Catholic Communications, Inc.

EIN: 91-1857425


To provide an alternative to the secular programming found on radio and television. VSS Catholic Communications, Inc. is dedicated to answering the call of the late Holy Father, St. John Paul II, for a New Evangelization. Our charism in the mission of evangelization is to broadly employ broadcast media to transmit the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the fullness of the living Tradition as preserved, revered and proclaimed by the Catholic Church for 2000 years. Everyone involved recognizes this apostolate as an extraordinary gift, which we receive anew each day.

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We are grateful to the many supporters of the network.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. James Carroll

Main address

13326 A Street

Omaha, NE 68144 USA

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Subject area info



Right to life

Population served info



Interfaith groups

NTEE code info

Religious Radio (X84)

Right to Life (R62)

Christian (X20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are challenging our listeners to grow in their faith each day. We feel that the biggest problem we have to address is the moral decay of our culture and life of selfishness lived by many people. If people grow in their faith, they become more altruistic and live their lives for others that expresses itself through kindness, charity and selflessness. Jesus Christ and the teachings of his Church show us the way to do that. We proclaim that 'way' or message through the airwaves. We are challenged to encourage more people to listen so that they may grow in their faith and be change agents in a sinful world.

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?

Own and Operate FM Radio Stations

Spirit Catholic Radio operates six full power radio stations across Nebraska which serves Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Kansas reaching over 2 million people.

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups

To have a presence at secular events across the listening area where we introduce people to Jesus. Partnering with local ministries and apostolates, parishes and schools.

Population(s) Served

To produce and promote locally produced programs that Invite, Inform and Inspire people to learn about Jesus Christ. Spirit Mornings, Rosary, Mass, Holiness Helpers, Witness, Ready to Stand, Bishop Joensen and Faith and Family FInance.

Population(s) Served

Bring top Catholic Apologists, Speakers, Evangelists across the listening area. Host a family Softball game between priests of two diocese in the listening area and donate the proceeds to the vocations offices.

Population(s) Served

Serve as a resource for small communities to broadcast SCR programming and engineering services.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Silver Award 2022

Nebraska Broadcasters Association

Affiliations & memberships

EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network 1999

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Religious groups, Family relationships

Related Program

SCR Conferences and Events

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Spirit Catholic Radio has educational opportunities available through seminars, webinars, conferences and exhibits across the listening area. We partner with other apostolates & ministries.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We are hoping to engage our listeners in our on-air programs to a degree in which it helps them deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. By doing this, it will also increase their awareness and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Through outreach efforts, we hope to pick-up new listeners each year.

First and foremost, we hope to provide the very best in Catholic Radio programming through our locally produced shows and syndicated regional and national shows.

We then do a variety of outreach into the community to let potential listeners know about our programming and its life saving affects.

Finally, we ask the listeners to support us financially so that we can continue to operate and grow on our mission of evangelization.

We operate 7 full power stations and 9 affiliate stations that allow us a radio footprint of 2 million potential listeners

We utilize several hundred volunteers to help us with our outreach efforts that span the entire coverage area. Those volunteers are managed by a capable staff of 14 full-time staff and 2 part-time staff.

We have 2 studio locations in which to record local programming and base other outreach efforts on a regional basis.

We conduct 3 major fundraising events a year that have allowed us to see revenue increases of 10% annually over the last 5 years.

We are the fifth oldest, of nearly 500, Catholic radio stations in the nation and utilize 22 different regional and national resources to provide diverse and quality programming.

We hope to increase the amount of local programming that we offer. We would love to offer a local and live show during our evening drive times.
Also, because we are an industry leader, we would like to add more structure and resources towards helping start up Catholic Radio stations sustain and grow their mission.
In addition, we would like to have more inroads with the several hundred Catholic Parishes in our listening area. To do so would require more staff to manage volunteers and beef up local promotions. The staff members are responsible for specific regions within our coverage area. In addition to our local efforts we have begun national collaboration with Catholic Radio stations and networks across the county to share best practices in operations, fundraising and awareness.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.24 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

VSS Catholic Communications, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of VSS Catholic Communications, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $63,612 $254,016 $311,870 $435,877 $508,037
As % of expenses 3.3% 13.0% 16.0% 23.6% 22.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $26,267 $209,964 $263,811 $402,191 $459,977
As % of expenses 1.3% 10.5% 13.2% 21.4% 20.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,997,845 $2,204,866 $2,296,677 $2,427,964 $3,120,114
Total revenue, % change over prior year -6.7% 10.4% 4.2% 5.7% 28.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.6% 99.7% 99.7% 99.3% 99.8%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,934,233 $1,950,850 $1,948,807 $1,847,447 $2,248,866
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.0% 0.9% -0.1% -5.2% 21.7%
Personnel 69.8% 65.8% 69.9% 69.5% 66.6%
Professional fees 0.8% 1.1% 1.0% 1.6% 0.8%
Occupancy 12.3% 12.4% 12.8% 13.3% 15.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 17.2% 20.7% 16.3% 15.6% 17.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,971,578 $1,994,902 $1,996,866 $1,881,133 $2,296,926
One month of savings $161,186 $162,571 $162,401 $153,954 $187,406
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $324,960
Total full costs (estimated) $2,132,764 $2,157,473 $2,159,267 $2,035,087 $2,809,292

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 5.2 7.1 11.3 12.2
Months of cash and investments 3.6 5.2 7.1 11.3 12.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 32.6 33.9 35.8 40.6 34.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $584,680 $838,696 $1,151,566 $1,732,082 $2,278,370
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,818,946 $1,818,946 $1,823,946 $1,805,108 $2,130,068
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 58.8% 61.2% 63.7% 65.2% 57.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $6,001,383 $6,211,347 $6,475,158 $6,877,349 $7,337,326
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $36,000 $180,640 $543,851
Total net assets $6,001,383 $6,211,347 $6,511,158 $7,057,989 $7,881,177

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. James Carroll

Over 25 years of leadership positions with fortune 500 companies preceeded Mr. Carroll's decision to enter into the non-profit sector to give back to the community. Mr. Carroll is a Nebraska native, served in the United States Naval Reserves for eight years and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has a deep love for the Catholic Church and is active in many Catholic organizations. He is the father of five children, all of whom attended Catholic grade school and high school. He and his wife Karol are members of St. Robert Bellarmine parish in Omaha since 1984. He serves on the board of several organizationsHe considers it a true blessing and great privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Spirit Catholic Radio Network. He gives credit to the board of directors, advancement committees throughout the state and the hundreds of volunteers who serve the Church through the Spirit Catholic Radio Network and to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

VSS Catholic Communications, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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VSS Catholic Communications, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Tom Carney

Weitz Funds

Term: 2013 - 2023

Jim Carroll

Executive Director

Kenneth Borowiak

Lincoln Representative

Ron Clark

Rural Lincoln Representative

Steve Manzer

Northeast Nebraska Rep

Phyllis Bishoff

Waterloo Representative

Kathy Hahn

St. Paul Rep

Dennis O'Toole

Iowa Rep/Treasurer

MIchelle Pohlman

Omaha Rep

Lee Trautman

Gering NE Rep

Al Vybiral

Wahoo, NE Rep

Jeanette Wojtalewicz

Omaha Rep

Cheri Schmidt

Doniphan NE Rep

Tom Carney

President - Omaha Rep

John Svoboda

Omaha Rep

Deanna Sands

Nebraska City Rep

Tom Venzor

Lincoln Rep

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/12/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.