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Human Services : Social Services

The Chicago Lighthouse

Because there is STILL hope.

92.06

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

Board Leadership
Robert Clarke
Chairman

CEO
Janet P. Szlyk
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.06
  Financial 89.51
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

89.51

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
85.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.50
  Program Expenses Growth 9.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.8%
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) 92.06
Center for Hearing and Communication (NY) 85.24
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.83
Blind Children's Center (CA) 89.74
VisionCorps (PA) 93.34

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,082,726
   Federated Campaigns $82,398
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $611,307
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,077,505
Total Contributions $7,853,936
   Program Service Revenue $34,067,009
Total Primary Revenue $41,920,945
   Other Revenue $886,837
TOTAL REVENUE $42,807,782
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $37,863,400
   Administrative Expenses $4,456,153
   Fundraising Expenses $1,694,340
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $44,013,893
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,206,111
   
Net Assets $22,825,979

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 $27,143,192 71.7%
Vision Rehabilitation and Research $2,354,391 6.2%
Programs for Children and Youth $2,214,292 5.8%

Ratings History
The Chicago Lighthouse has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 92.06
2018-06 09/03/2019 91.07
2017-06 02/01/2019 92.32
2016-06 03/01/2018 92.26
2015-06 12/01/2016 90.59
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.03
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.05
2013-06 11/01/2014 86.32
2012-06 11/01/2013 83.32
2012-06 10/01/2013 82.60
2011-06 08/01/2012 80.22
2010-06 12/01/2011 80.42
2010-06 09/20/2011 80.31
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 72.10
2008-06 06/01/2009 92.45

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 Charitable 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 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 June, 2021
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$339,372 0.77% Janet Szlyk President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06
Wayfinder Family Services (CA) 96.43
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 90.06
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.83

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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

Robert Clarke
Chairman

CEO

Janet P. Szlyk
President, CEO

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