Bethesda Lutheran Communities

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Bethesda provides services and support to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find a sense of community and belonging. From community-based homes and at-home life skills development, to job placement and coaching, to behavior support, community engagement and day programs, we help people live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

We are proud to create and offer forward-thinking solutions to provide choices and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
600 Hoffmann Drive
Watertown, WI 53094


Phone: 800-369-4636


Organization details

EIN: 390806446

CEO/President: Mike Thirtle

Chairman: Cesar Villalpando

Board size: 11


Ruling year: 1937

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


For over 100 years, Bethesda has worked tirelessly to educate, advocate for and empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are dedicated to helping those we support become active members of their community so that they can live their lives to the fullest.

Mission statement

To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating856 of 101036 of 42
Fund acquisition rating621 of 101225 of 42
Resource allocation rating545 of 101221 of 42
Asset utilization rating998 of 101042 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,771,162$8,698,778$10,159,873$12,840,893$12,475,016
Short-term investments$3,803,209$3,344,894$3,485,586$3,158,282$2,540,740
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$16,380,013$18,693,811$21,597,301$23,702,509$19,115,584
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$55,450,562$57,003,501$62,552,962$84,208,751$86,054,842
Other long-term assets$108,571,327$126,647,072$122,657,297$135,975,774$177,051,272
Total long-term assets$164,021,889$183,650,573$185,210,259$220,184,525$263,106,114
Total assets$180,401,902$202,344,384$206,807,560$243,887,034$282,221,698
Payables and accrued expenses$35,292,825$21,718,676$33,135,756$51,895,058$40,401,705
Other current liabilities$0$20,000$40,780$10$130
Total current liabilities$35,292,825$21,738,676$33,176,536$51,895,068$40,401,835
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,210,710$4,171,080$3,640,322$3,874,074$3,405,056
Total long-term liabilities$39,211,483$39,172,886$38,697,896$38,877,945$38,409,960
Total liabilities$74,504,308$60,911,562$71,874,432$90,773,013$78,811,795
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$92,607,859$128,582,803$122,578,912$138,665,586$189,857,274
With donor restrictions$13,289,735$12,850,019$12,354,216$14,448,435$13,552,629
Net assets$105,897,594$141,432,822$134,933,128$153,114,021$203,409,903
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Total contributions$13,699,641$76,683,307$84,466,635$86,719,187$87,565,337
Program service revenue$89,184,789$33,562,405$36,327,920$36,934,290$38,382,685
Membership dues$1,195$1,990$640$520$900
Investment income($206,316)$3,636,339($12,187,006)$1,173,592$363,908
Other revenue$968,854$1,023,402$1,304,922$2,016,869$1,712,697
Total other revenue$89,948,522$38,224,136$25,446,476$40,125,271$40,460,190
Total revenue$103,648,163$114,907,443$109,913,111$126,844,458$128,025,527
Program services$104,833,069$126,617,962$122,066,632$124,215,086$120,210,072
Management and general$20,430,838$5,202,572$25,655,984$37,851,036$32,314,266
Total expenses$129,014,595$134,917,869$149,622,536$163,967,210$154,341,751
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Surplus (deficit)($25,366,432)($20,010,426)($39,709,425)($37,122,752)($26,316,224)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($25,366,432)($20,010,426)($39,709,425)($37,122,752)($26,316,224)


Dr Michael ThirtlePresident & CEO$501,856
Jeffrey KaczmarskiEVP & VP Legal$376,117
Lori AndersonChief Operating Officer$337,576
David GrieblChief Financial Officer$318,214
Cindy Moon-MogushChief Marketing & Comm Officer$283,481
Michael KlimkoskyChief Information Officer$244,918
Susan KaufmanVP Operations$212,685
John NickelsMajor Gifts Officer$208,494
Daniel LuskVP Business Development Termed$197,222

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/2/2021. To update the information below, please email:


At Bethesda, we are proud to be a change agent in implementing forward-thinking solutions that improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have long been a beacon of hope and support for the many people we support-and to ensure our longevity far into the future, we must always be adaptable to a changing environment.

That's why our broad spectrum of services continually evolves to reflect the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and their caregivers. We ask each person we support about their goals, and together we make a plan to get them there.

While we offer guidance and support, the people we support make the decisions and take the actions needed to reach their goals. It's all about independence and self-advocacy.

Program accomplishments

During Fiscal Year 2019-2020, we continued to provide quality, caring support across all of our existing services, all while developing new and innovative ways to support, empower and create more inclusion for people in the future.

1500+ people were served by Bethesda in 2019-2020.