Where children and families come first

Milwaukee, WI   |
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EIN: 39-1247667


To provide children, youth and families with quality, comprehensive services to nurture healthy family life and enhance community stability.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Luis A. Ayala

Main address

413 W Scott St

Milwaukee, WI 53204 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary education

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

People of Latin American descent

Low-income people


NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Child Day Care (P33)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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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?

Early Education & Care Center

Educates and nurtures children ages 4 weeks to 3 years old. Children receive bilingual instruction in a creative, positive learning environment. The EECC also offers before and after-school programs and summer programs for children up to age 12. The EECC has received a 5-Star rating from the WI Department of Children and Families YoungStar Program, and Accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission. In 2015, the Early Education & Care Center added the Early Head Start via a Partnership with Next Door.

Population(s) Served

Provides bilingual education for children in grades K4 through 8th, with a focus on Careers in Technology (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The school has achieved “Exceeds Expectations” ratings by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction since 2017.

Population(s) Served

Provides a safe haven for children ages birth to 12 as families face homelessness, domestic violence, medical needs or other emergencies. The CNRC is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - at no cost to families.

Population(s) Served

Social Services Division Youth Services: Provides a variety of Wraparound and support services for youth experiencing mental or emotional health needs, Treatment Foster Care, as well as other programs.

Social Services Division Adult Services: Offers supportive, recovery and strength-based services to adults and families throughout Milwaukee County. Programs such as Recovery Support Coordination, Treatment Clinic, Ancillary Services, and targeted case management provide a wide array of support services to the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 0.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.1 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


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 LA CAUSA 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 $1,545,912 $2,061,889 $2,387,214 $1,755,280 $1,478,880
As % of expenses 8.5% 12.1% 15.5% 11.8% 10.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $984,927 $1,450,067 $1,755,028 $1,069,983 $630,652
As % of expenses 5.3% 8.2% 10.9% 6.9% 4.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $19,625,293 $19,080,919 $17,824,087 $16,623,620 $16,042,150
Total revenue, % change over prior year -4.7% -2.8% -6.6% -6.7% -3.5%
Program services revenue 37.6% 46.2% 50.4% 52.6% 52.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 59.4% 50.3% 46.7% 45.3% 45.1%
All other grants and contributions 3.1% 3.4% 2.9% 2.1% 2.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $18,104,773 $17,018,096 $15,441,162 $14,897,764 $14,602,614
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.4% -6.0% -9.3% -3.5% -2.0%
Personnel 75.0% 73.6% 79.0% 75.3% 72.7%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 4.5% 5.0% 4.9% 5.0% 6.3%
Interest 1.2% 1.6% 1.0% 1.5% 1.8%
Pass-through 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
All other expenses 19.1% 19.6% 15.0% 18.1% 19.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $18,665,758 $17,629,918 $16,073,348 $15,583,061 $15,450,842
One month of savings $1,508,731 $1,418,175 $1,286,764 $1,241,480 $1,216,885
Debt principal payment $112,584 $873,462 $0 $0 $743,283
Fixed asset additions $609,275 $0 $2,679,006 $3,533,988 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $20,896,348 $19,921,555 $20,039,118 $20,358,529 $17,411,010

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.6 2.3 5.2 4.1 4.1
Months of cash and investments 1.6 2.3 5.2 4.1 4.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.7 1.2 3.5 2.8 3.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $2,455,912 $3,215,637 $6,685,778 $5,134,337 $5,001,279
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,274,257 $1,606,789 $1,067,560 $1,310,041 $1,639,446
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $17,514,128 $18,029,135 $20,466,238 $24,000,319 $24,318,764
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 43.7% 45.7% 42.2% 38.8% 41.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 58.6% 51.5% 55.3% 53.7% 50.2%
Unrestricted net assets $5,508,777 $6,958,844 $8,713,872 $9,783,855 $10,414,507
Temporarily restricted net assets $217,667 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 $217,667 $218,601 $214,312 $184,888 $145,544
Total net assets $5,726,444 $7,177,445 $8,928,184 $9,968,743 $10,560,051

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mr. Luis A. Ayala

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/27/2023
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Board chair

Robert Kotecki

Marsh & McLellan Agency

Nancy Jelen

Robert Kotecki

Marsh & McLellan

Robert Buttermore

Rockwell Automation

Luis Ayala

President & CEO

Joy Rivera

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Eduard Jimenez


Kenneth Little

City of Milwaukee

Erico Ortiz

Inspiration Studios

Scott Sanders

Retired- Brakebush

Nilda Cintron-Cortez

Sellars Absorbent Materials

Alejandra Barry

Johnson Controls, Inc

Nicole Druckery

EMCO Chemical

Christian Laurinavicius

Northwestern Mutual

Teri Severinsen

Midwest Fiber Networks, LLC

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 6/27/2023

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