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Health : Medical Research (Grantmaking)

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Driving research to save and restore sight

89.79

6925 Oakland Mills Road Suite 701
Columbia, MD 21045
tel: (800) 683-5555   Web Site
EIN: 23-7135845

Board Leadership
David Brint
Chairman

CEO
Benjamin R. Yerxa
CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.79
  Financial 85.57
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 06/01/2022 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Since its inception in 1971, The Foundation has raised over $500 million and funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions. The FFB funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies.

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Since its inception in 1971, The Foundation has raised over $500 million and funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions. The FFB funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies.

Financial

85.57

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
71.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 21.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.34
  Program Expenses Growth 7.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foundation Fighting Blindness on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foundation Fighting Blindness on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foundation Fighting Blindness (MD) 89.79
Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (CA) 92.87
The Hope Foundation (MI) 93.22
CurePSP (NY) 92.49
National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (FL) 100.00

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $26,201,460
   Federated Campaigns $156,603
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $5,537,053
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $31,895,116
   Program Service Revenue $239,962
Total Primary Revenue $32,135,078
   Other Revenue $3,137,809
TOTAL REVENUE $35,272,887
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $22,594,132
   Administrative Expenses $2,250,367
   Fundraising Expenses $7,235,289
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $32,079,788
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,193,099
   
Net Assets $155,869,950

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
Research $20,908,623 92.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 06/01/2022 89.79
2019-06 05/01/2022 86.28
2019-06 12/23/2020 85.99
2018-06 07/01/2019 86.67
2017-06 06/01/2019 78.25
2016-06 06/01/2017 80.34
2015-06 11/01/2016 81.40
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.40
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 02/01/2015 88.33
2013-06 08/01/2014 88.84
2012-06 02/01/2013 90.74
2011-06 03/01/2012 82.43
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.36
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 77.63
2009-06 11/24/2010 72.33
2008-06 05/01/2009 76.76

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

EIN 23-7135845
Name in IRS Master File FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS INC
NTEE Code H41
NTEE Classification Eye Research
NTEE Type Medical Research
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS INC
Ruling Date February, 1973
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 Compensation from Affiliates
$421,400 1.31% Benjamin R. Yerxa CEO $74,365

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foundation Fighting Blindness (MD) 89.79
Hearing Health Foundation (NY) 92.92
Cystinosis Research Foundation (CA) 96.50
Roswell Park Alliance Foundation (NY) 95.61
Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (IL) 98.23

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Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • Foundation Fighting Blindness
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinical Research Institute (45-0524687)

Charity Contact Info

Foundation Fighting Blindness
6925 Oakland Mills Road
Suite 701
Columbia, MD 21045
tel: (800) 683-5555
fax: (410) 423-0600
TTY: (800) 683-5551
EIN: 23-7135845

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 45740
Baltimore, MD 21297

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Board Leadership

David Brint
Chairman

CEO

Benjamin R. Yerxa
CEO

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