Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

Student Leadership Development

aka WASC   |   Madison, WI   |
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Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

EIN: 39-1490463


The Wisconsin Association of School Councils is Wisconsin-based leadership organization for K-12 students. For more than 87 years our programs have helped elementary, middle, and high school students in Wisconsin become better leaders, better students, and better people.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Bjorn Berg

Main address

4797 Hayes Rd Ste 103

Madison, WI 53704 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Population served info


Children and youth

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The WASC is working to solve the leadership crisis in the United States. We believe that by investing in the development of the next generation of leaders we can find meaningful and lasting solutions, and are better prepared to face the challenges that will present themselves in the future.

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?

WASC State Conference

The oldest student leadership conference in Wisconsin brings student leaders from across the state together for a 2-day leadership development program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Top Rated List 2023

Great Non Profits

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our goals are as follows:

Create engaging, meaningful leadership experiences
Foster positive and safe learning environments
Impact as many of the 850,000+ K-12 students in Wisconsin as possible.

Quality Education: We design and execute leadership programs for schools and students. These programs are created by educational professionals and delivered by industry experts.

Reduce Inequalities: We have committed ourselves to finding ways to create new opportunities for students in underserved communities. This includes fundraising, scholarships, and programs that minimize barriers for students to participate.

Pease, Justice, and Strong Institutions: Our leadership curriculum is guided by ten educational standards and benchmarks. These standards allow us to ensure we are teaching about non-violent means of conflict resolution, the importance of celebrating diversity, and the impact being an informed and active citizen can be on a community.

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 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

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 3.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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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Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Wisconsin Association of School Councils 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 -$1,224 -$22,314 -$99,245 -$18,668 -$1,298
As % of expenses -0.3% -4.8% -43.8% -11.2% -0.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,224 -$22,314 -$99,245 -$18,668 -$1,298
As % of expenses -0.3% -4.8% -43.8% -11.2% -0.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $450,039 $441,516 $127,405 $147,438 $193,472
Total revenue, % change over prior year -11.5% -1.9% -71.1% 15.7% 31.2%
Program services revenue 98.0% 97.2% 83.1% 58.3% 78.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.7% 0.2% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 17.0% 5.3%
All other grants and contributions 1.8% 2.6% 16.0% 24.6% 15.9%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $453,463 $466,330 $226,650 $166,106 $194,631
Total expenses, % change over prior year -12.7% 2.8% -51.4% -26.7% 17.2%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 33.8% 31.7% 57.1% 57.0% 29.0%
Occupancy 1.7% 0.5% 1.1% 0.7% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.5% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 64.1% 67.3% 41.8% 42.3% 71.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $453,463 $466,330 $226,650 $166,106 $194,631
One month of savings $37,789 $38,861 $18,888 $13,842 $16,219
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $491,252 $505,191 $245,538 $179,948 $210,850

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.5 3.9 5.3 3.8 4.7
Months of cash and investments 4.5 3.9 5.3 3.8 4.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.7 1.1 -2.9 -5.4 -4.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $170,685 $150,673 $99,495 $52,980 $76,491
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $9,265 $7,716 $6,885 $3,947 $794
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 49.7% 60.1% 111.8% 146.2% 137.8%
Unrestricted net assets $66,103 $43,789 -$55,456 -$74,124 -$75,422
Temporarily restricted net assets $42,963 $40,463 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $42,963 $40,463 $40,463 $40,463 $40,463
Total net assets $109,066 $84,252 -$14,993 -$33,661 -$34,959

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.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Bjorn Berg

Bjorn has been invested in the WASC and student leadership for over 25 years, first as a camper, evolving to counselor, educator, volunteer, speaker, camp director and most recently, Executive Director . In addition to his demonstrated passion for helping students learn and grow, he brings over 15 years of professional and non-profit experience teaching, training, and developing others. His combination of student, WASC, non-profit and professional experience makes him uniquely qualified to lead us forward. His dedication to educate, engage, and empower the student leaders of today and tomorrow, with equity, throughout the state of Wisconsin, is undeniable.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Wisconsin Association of School Councils Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Darla Brendemuehl

Steve Schroeder


Andrew Gussert

Boys and Girls Club

Sally Stewart


Jenn Schaal

Julie Lietz

WASC Executive SHS Advisor

Sara Faust

WASC Executive JAM Advisor

Darla Brendemuehl


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? 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 9/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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