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

Helping Our Neighbors In Need

aka Society of St. Vincent de Paul — Madison   |   Madison, WI   |  svdpmadison.org
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District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul

EIN: 39-0824876


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 meeting other basic needs. SVdP is an international organization of lay people with a 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.

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CEO & Executive Director

Julie Bennett

Main address

PO Box 259686

Madison, WI 53725 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Basic and emergency aid

Thrift shops

Food banks

Homeless shelters

Population served info


Women and girls

Non-adult children

Economically disadvantaged people

Homeless people

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NTEE code info

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

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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. 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 people

One of the largest food pantries in Dane County is operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Currently open four days a week, the pantry provided over $1.35 million worth of food to families in need. Beyond food, the pantry supplies personal-care items, household cleaning supplies and pet food. Additionally, vouchers for clothing, furniture & household goods are fulfilled through seven Dane County stores.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

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 help men rebuild their lives. Staff work with program participants to plan goals and their next steps in life.

Population(s) Served
Older men
Senior men
Economically disadvantaged people

The Seton Program provides help and hope to single custodial adults with minor children. Through case management support, the program addresses the multifaceted challenges of poverty people in Dane County face every day. Staff assist families in finding and helping to avoid losing stable housing. Families identify their needs with the help of a Case Manager and set and achieve goals to lessen the effects of poverty in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Economically disadvantaged people

The St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Madison, WI, opened in 2013, and remains the state's only stand-alone charitable pharmacy - one that fills prescriptions written by a range of providers and that is not part of a 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 $580,000. (The budget for this program is reflected within the figure noted above for our nearby Food Pantry.)

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged 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

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Pantry & Service Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

St. Vincent de Paul — Madison fiscal year runs October 1 through September 31.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    No matter someone's religion, race, gender, documented status, ethnicity or age the District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves any and all people in need in Dane County, Wisconsin. A large portion of people who use our food pantry and receive clothing, furniture, and household goods through our Service Center are economically disadvantaged or coping with poverty. Our charitable pharmacy also serves people coping with poverty, oftentimes patients who are uninsured. At Port St. Vincent de Paul our staff works with men of all ages to help them plan for their next steps in life. Through the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program staff work with single custodial adults with minor children, oftentimes families reach out for help.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to feedback from people using our services, we established the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program. We performed an initial online survey which garnered helpful responses. Next, we conducted two rounds of focus groups to discuss gaps in service and community needs. We discovered that the best way to help single custodial adults in Madison was to focus on an individual person's needs and assist them with their unique and specific goals.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

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

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul’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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$201,354 $2,868,986 $1,634,207 $472,290 $1,165,916
As % of expenses -3.1% 43.0% 23.3% 6.3% 15.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$903,215 $2,209,873 $1,013,797 -$150,837 $532,332
As % of expenses -12.5% 30.2% 13.3% -1.9% 6.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,321,534 $9,425,748 $8,538,248 $7,972,809 $8,775,614
Total revenue, % change over prior year -11.5% 49.1% -9.4% -6.6% 10.1%
Program services revenue 2.1% 1.3% 1.6% 1.8% 1.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.4% 0.6% 0.4% 0.6%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 97.1% 97.6% 94.4% 97.1% 97.3%
Other revenue 0.7% 0.7% 3.4% 0.7% 0.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,523,098 $6,667,993 $7,027,575 $7,500,519 $7,586,308
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.5% 2.2% 5.4% 6.7% 1.1%
Personnel 73.4% 74.1% 74.3% 74.1% 76.8%
Professional fees 1.0% 0.8% 1.1% 1.1% 0.8%
Occupancy 6.2% 6.4% 6.1% 5.8% 5.5%
Interest 4.2% 3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 2.9%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.2% 15.0% 15.3% 16.0% 14.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,224,959 $7,327,106 $7,647,985 $8,123,646 $8,219,892
One month of savings $543,592 $555,666 $585,631 $625,043 $632,192
Debt principal payment $279,577 $376,578 $278,552 $278,554 $278,554
Fixed asset additions $830,573 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $8,878,701 $8,259,350 $8,512,168 $9,027,243 $9,130,638

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 2.7 5.3 6.5 6.9 7.6
Months of cash and investments 2.8 5.3 6.5 6.9 7.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.9 11.3 13.1 12.1 13.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $1,491,207 $2,964,836 $3,794,913 $4,293,087 $4,825,150
Investments $7,673 $7,673 $6,485 $6,485 $6,494
Receivables $68,593 $16,733 $9,845 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $21,792,835 $21,888,797 $21,876,934 $22,284,082 $22,609,708
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 25.5% 29.0% 31.9% 34.7% 37.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 48.8% 43.2% 41.1% 40.9% 39.2%
Unrestricted net assets $10,788,528 $12,998,401 $14,012,198 $13,861,361 $14,393,693
Temporarily restricted net assets $13,900 $13,900 $13,900 $13,900 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $13,900 $13,900 $13,900 $13,900 $37,290
Total net assets $10,802,428 $13,012,301 $14,026,098 $13,875,261 $14,430,983

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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

CEO & Executive Director

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett joined the SVdP — Madison staff in 2020 as the Associate Executive Director. She came to the Society with 15 years of church and nonprofit leadership experience.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

Board of directors
as of 10/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

President James Oeth

Mark Kraemer

Monona Bank, V.P.

Susanna Herro

Attorney; Beckett Bronze Co., Pres.

James Oeth

Engineer, ret.

Katie Crawley

Deputy Mayor, City of Madison

Thomas Parker

QBE Senior V.P., ret.

Alejandro Vergara

Hy Cite Enterprises Executive, ret.

Patty Bruni

CPA, ret.

Patrick Sippy

Park Bank, Sen. Credit Analyst

Maryann Slater

Blessed Sacrament School Principal, ret.

Ryan Zakrzewski

Electronic Theatre Controls, Assembly Manager

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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2022

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