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Blind Children's Center

A family-focused school serving children who are blind or visually impaired

four stars

94.26

4120 Marathon Street Los Angeles, CA 90029
tel: (323) 664-2153   Web Site
EIN: 95-1656369

Board Leadership
Danette M. Beck
Board President

CEO
Sarah Orth
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.26 four stars
  Financial 95.91 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Blind Children's Center's mission is to foster the development and education of children - birth through 2nd grade - who are visually impaired in an inclusive, family-focused setting.

The Center was founded in 1938 by Southern California Delta Gammas. Each year the Center serves approximately 100 children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services for more than 500 family members. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program of specialized education and training which will optimize our students' development and opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life.

We are committed to a family-focused approach where parents, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers are included in the educational process every step of the way. In keeping with best practices, our programs are fully inclusive with sighted children integrated in each class, providing unique opportunities for social interaction and acquisition of critical skills.

The Blind Children's Center's mission is to foster the development and education of children - birth through 2nd grade - who are visually impaired in an inclusive, family-focused setting.

The Center was founded in 1938 by Southern California Delta Gammas. Each year the Center serves approximately 100 children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services for more than 500 family members. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program of specialized education and training which will optimize our students' development and opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life.

We are committed to a family-focused approach where parents, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers are included in the educational process every step of the way. In keeping with best practices, our programs are fully inclusive with sighted children integrated in each class, providing unique opportunities for social interaction and acquisition of critical skills.

Financial

four stars

95.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
83.1%
  Administrative Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.36
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blind Children's Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blind Children's Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blind Children's Center (CA) 94.26 four stars
Keren Or (NY) 90.71 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 93.98 four stars
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.11 three stars
Helen Keller Services (NY) 86.38 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,845,644
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,845,644
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,845,644
   Other Revenue $335,996
TOTAL REVENUE $3,181,640
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,933,185
   Administrative Expenses $469,979
   Fundraising Expenses $125,406
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,528,570
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-346,930
   
Net Assets $11,688,438

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Blind Children's Center has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 94.26 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 98.98 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 96.69 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 93.32 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.06 four stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 84.64 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 81.14 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 78.17 two stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 69.12 one star
2010-06 09/20/2011 75.05 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 90.60 four stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 89.36 three stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 88.91 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2008 80.71 three stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 90.80 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-1656369
Name in IRS Master File BLIND CHILDRENS CENTER INC
NTEE Code B28
NTEE Classification Specialized Education Institutions
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(32) Nursery school
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$180,151 5.10% Lena French Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blind Children's Center (CA) 94.26 four stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 88.81 three stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 87.10 three stars
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 96.45 four stars
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 96.67 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blind Children's Center
4120 Marathon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90029
tel: (323) 664-2153
fax: (323) 665-3828
EIN: 95-1656369

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Board Leadership

Danette M. Beck
Board President

CEO

Sarah Orth
Chief Executive Officer

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