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The Chicago Lighthouse

Because there is STILL hope.

four stars

91.07

1850 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608
tel: (312) 666-1331   Web Site
EIN: 36-2169139

Board Leadership
Gary Rich
Chairman

CEO
Janet P. Szlyk
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.07 four stars
  Financial 89.49 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse is a comprehensive private rehabilitation and educational facility dedicated to assisting children, youth and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled by providing the highest quality educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services. The Lighthouse operates 28 programs in 15 locations, in Chicago and across the state, serving 65,000 people each year. Many programs were firsts in the Midwest: the first Low Vision Clinic, the first Center for Blind and Multi-Disabled Children, the first Adaptive Technology Center for computer users. Through its comprehensive range of programs and services, the Chicago Lighthouse respects personal dignity and partners with individuals to enhance independent living and self-sufficiency.

Founded in 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse is a comprehensive private rehabilitation and educational facility dedicated to assisting children, youth and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled by providing the highest quality educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services. The Lighthouse operates 28 programs in 15 locations, in Chicago and across the state, serving 65,000 people each year. Many programs were firsts in the Midwest: the first Low Vision Clinic, the first Center for Blind and Multi-Disabled Children, the first Adaptive Technology Center for computer users. Through its comprehensive range of programs and services, the Chicago Lighthouse respects personal dignity and partners with individuals to enhance independent living and self-sufficiency.

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Financial

three stars

89.49

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
84.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.58
  Program Expenses Growth 9.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Chicago Lighthouse on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Chicago Lighthouse on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 91.07 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 86.11 three stars
The Colorado Center for the Blind (CO) 89.31 three stars
Helen Keller Services (NY) 87.89 three stars
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 98.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,317,947
   Federated Campaigns $85,966
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $651,114
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,744,210
Total Contributions $7,799,237
   Program Service Revenue $32,463,619
Total Primary Revenue $40,262,856
   Other Revenue $950,515
TOTAL REVENUE $41,213,371
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $35,100,427
   Administrative Expenses $4,727,677
   Fundraising Expenses $1,643,145
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $41,471,249
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-257,878
   
Net Assets $24,110,262

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Customer Service Center $25,941,925 73.9%
Vision Rehabilitation and Research $2,171,071 6.2%
Programs for Children and Youth $1,787,756 5.1%

Ratings History
The Chicago Lighthouse has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 91.07 four stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 92.32 four stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 92.26 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 90.59 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.03 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.05 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 86.32 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 83.32 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 82.60 three stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 80.22 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 80.42 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 80.31 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 72.10 two stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 92.45 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 36-2169139
Name in IRS Master File THE CHICAGO LIGHTHOUSE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
NTEE Code P86
NTEE Classification Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
(927) Fundraising
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 October, 1933
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$308,437 0.74% Janet Szlyk President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 91.07 four stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 95.17 four stars
JBI International (NY) 89.94 three stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 88.49 three stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 91.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Chicago Lighthouse
1850 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
tel: (312) 666-1331
fax: (312) 243-8539
TTY: (312) 666-8874
EIN: 36-2169139

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Board Leadership

Gary Rich
Chairman

CEO

Janet P. Szlyk
President, CEO

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