Mission:

VISION OUTREACH SENDS SHORT-TERM SURGICAL MISSION TEAMS TO REMOTE PARTS OF THE WORLD TO PERFORM SIGHT-RESTORING CATARACT SURGERY. THESE SURGICAL TEAMS TAKE THEIR SURGICAL EQUI ... (More)

 www.visionoutreach.org
 |  2848 NILES RD STE 300 Saint Joseph MI 49085-3352

Vision Outreach International Inc. is headquartered in Saint Joseph, MI, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 38-3621703.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS NTEE classification code is G41, Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments within the Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2004.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Overall Score
BETA

91

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 40% Finance & Accountability, 60% Impact & Results.

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...   Finance & Accountability


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.


Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

78

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V3 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

8/8

Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

0.00%

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

$233,784

Total Revenue

We do not evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V3. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.


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Finance & Accountability Report

78

of 100 points (BETA)

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

66.79%

Higher effect on score

More data  


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


Charity Navigator awards full credit for a Program Expense percentage of 70% or higher. Charities with percentages between 60-69.9% receive partial credit. Percentages below 60% grant no credit for the Program Expense score. Further, charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

8/8 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

No review needed due to small charity size

No effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.00%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator awards full credit for a ratio less than 50%. Organizations with ratios between 50% and 59.9% receive partial credit.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of the highest compensated employees listed on page 7 of the IRS Form 990. This compensation data is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting here.

ROGER CABE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$58,142


JIM DURYEE, PRESIDENT

$0


STANLEY PLETCHER MD, VICE PRESIDENT

$0


VENOY MCANDREW, TREASURER

$0


HEATHER PALMER, SECRETARY

$0


Source: IRS Form 990, filing year 2018

Business Master File Data

The Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) includes cumulative information the IRS collects and displays for all exempt organizations. The data is updated monthly. Below are some key data points from the BMF for this organization. View information about the BMF on the IRS website here.


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$100 cures one person of blindness.


Framework

Impact Analysis

We use impact analysis to rate service delivery nonprofits. We are developing new frameworks for assessing advocacy, systems change and similar nonprofits.


Data Collector

ImpactMatters


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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Cataract Surgery Program

Activities

Vision Outreach International performs cataract surgeries to cure beneficiaries of preventable blindness.

Program Type

Cataract Surgery

Beneficiaries Served

People living in poverty; People with disabilities

Program Geography

Central America and the Caribbean

Time Period of Data

1/1/16 to 12/31/16


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits.

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

A person cured of blindness


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Output data collected during the program. Vision Outreach International publicly reports data on how many surgeries it performs, which we use to calculate how many people it cures of blindness.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the number of people the nonprofit cured of blindness by comparing the number of people whose blindness was actually cured to the number of people whose blindness would have been cured even in the absence of the nonprofit (the "counterfactual"). Some people might have had access to cataract surgery from other providers; these counterfactual successes must be netted out of the success we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change (being cured of blindness) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data — namely, the percentage of the population with existing access to cataract surgery and the percentage of the population with existing access to essential health services.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Cost data reported by Vision Outreach International Inc. and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.


Cost Calculation

$45,941 program costs + partner costs + beneficiary costs = $45,941 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$45,941 total costs / 535 people cured of blindness = roughly $100 cures one person of blindness.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of cataract surgery programs are based on the cost of a disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted relative to the G.D.P. per capita of the country in which the program operates. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they avert a DALY for less than than the G.D.P. per capita, and a score of 75 if they avert a DALY for less than three times G.D.P. per capita. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Highly cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Why We Could Be Wrong


  • The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using "people cured of blindness" as the metric of analysis does not capture the level of health and wellbeing restored.
  • There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
  • The nonprofit may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
  • In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
  • Our estimates rely on data made public by the nonprofit on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
  • We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of the nonprofit.
  • We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of Vision Outreach International Inc. to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Vision Outreach International Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$69,169

Spent in most recent FY

47%

Percent of program expenses


MISSIONS - SURGICAL MISSION TEAMS TRAVEL TO UNDER-SERVED AREAS OF THE WORLD TO PERFORM VARIOUS EYE SURGERIES. TEAMS EVALUATED PATIENTS, REMOVE CATARACTS, AND TRAIN ATTENDEES IN OPHTHALMIC PROCEDURES A ... (More)


$50,969

Spent in most recent FY

34%

Percent of program expenses


TRAINING - MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL TO UNDER-SERVED AREAS OF THE WORLD TO PERFORM VARIOUS EYE SURGERIES. OPHTHALMIC PERFESSIONALS EVALUATED PATIENTS, REMOVE CATARACTS, AND TRAINED ATTENDEES IN THE ... (More)


$25,817

Spent in most recent FY

17%

Percent of program expenses


NETWORKING - OUR DIGITAL NETWORKING INCLUDES SEVERAL WEB PORTALS SUCH AS: (1) GLOBAL SIGHT ALLIANCE (2) YO2GO AND (3) MSIC CLASSROOM. THEIR PURPOSE IS TO CENTRALIZE EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION FOR THE ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and the ability to readily innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization’s mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score
BETA

Coming Soon

Encompass Rating Beta V3 does not provide an evaluation of the organization's leadership and adaptability.


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...   Culture & Community


Charity Navigator provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score
BETA

Not Scored

This organization is not eligible for a Culture & Community score. See report below to find out why.

Encompass Rating Beta V3 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices. (See report below.) Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon. Other metrics will be added later in the year.


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Culture & Community Report

Not Scored

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.