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Human Services : Social Services

Lighthouse of Broward County

Teaching independence and inspiring hope for 40 years

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four stars

96.22

650 North Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
tel: (954) 463-4217   Web Site
EIN: 59-1650909

Board Leadership
Aaron See
President

CEO
Ellyn Drotzer
President & Ceo

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.22 four stars
  Financial 96.47 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, the Lighthouse of Broward (LHOB) serves visually impaired children, youth, working age adults and elders and is the primary resource for services and information for the blind in Broward County. As the only source in Broward County for comprehensive rehabilitation training and adaptive computer training for adults with visual impairment, LHOB also is the only local facility offering specialized skill building for blind babies and children. Every day, the staff at the Lighthouse strives to further its mission to provide specialized rehabilitation, life skills training, and employment opportunities that enhance the independence, productivity, and dignity of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Founded in 1973, the Lighthouse of Broward (LHOB) serves visually impaired children, youth, working age adults and elders and is the primary resource for services and information for the blind in Broward County. As the only source in Broward County for comprehensive rehabilitation training and adaptive computer training for adults with visual impairment, LHOB also is the only local facility offering specialized skill building for blind babies and children. Every day, the staff at the Lighthouse strives to further its mission to provide specialized rehabilitation, life skills training, and employment opportunities that enhance the independence, productivity, and dignity of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of clients served
2,456
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This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

96.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 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)
85.7%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.37
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lighthouse of Broward County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lighthouse of Broward County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.22 four stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 92.82 four stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 87.46 three stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.07 four stars
VisionCorps (PA) 93.49 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $376,893
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $300
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,268,709
Total Contributions $1,645,902
   Program Service Revenue $29,191
Total Primary Revenue $1,675,093
   Other Revenue $181,286
TOTAL REVENUE $1,856,379
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,650,907
   Administrative Expenses $92,514
   Fundraising Expenses $131,150
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,874,571
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-18,192
   
Net Assets $4,692,603

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
Adult Vision Rehabilitation and Training $1,033,369 62.6%
Bright Beginnings and Kids Keys to Independence $322,783 19.6%
Teenlife-Learning Independence From Experience $294,755 17.8%

Ratings History
Lighthouse of Broward County has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 96.22 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 95.93 four stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 93.49 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.90 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 82.32 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 81.98 three stars
2012-06 02/01/2013 88.90 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 91.05 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 91.23 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 91.46 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 86.12 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 81.88 three 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 59-1650909
Name in IRS Master File LIGHTHOUSE OF BROWARD COUNTY INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (149) Other instruction and training
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, 1975
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
None reported -- Ellyn Drotzer Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.22 four stars
Happy Hands Education Center (OK) 90.98 four stars
Wayfinder Family Services dba Junior Blind (CA) 97.23 four stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 95.17 four stars
INSIGHT (RI) 94.37 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lighthouse of Broward County
650 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
tel: (954) 463-4217
fax: (954) 764-3825
EIN: 59-1650909

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Board Leadership

Aaron See
President

CEO

Ellyn Drotzer
President & Ceo

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