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Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)

Building a strong foundation for young children with visual impairments

four stars

96.79

1906 Goldsmith Lane Louisville, KY 40218
tel: (888) 636-8477   Web Site
EIN: 61-1061973

Board Leadership
Mike Johnson
President

CEO
Diane M. Nelson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.79 four stars
  Financial 95.47 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1985, Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential. VIPS serves blind or visually impaired infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. As much as 90% of brain development occurs prior to age 6 and of that, approximately 80% is through visual pathways. Therefore, early intervention is critical for a child with blindness and visual impairments to help them meet appropriate development milestones such as eating, moving, socializing and communicating. VIPS staff includes certified teachers who specialize in early childhood education, visual impairment, and special education. VIPS provides services wherever the child may be throughout the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and State of Indiana. We start with providing services in the home and stay involved until age 5 when the child enters Kindergarten.

Founded in 1985, Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential. VIPS serves blind or visually impaired infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. As much as 90% of brain development occurs prior to age 6 and of that, approximately 80% is through visual pathways. Therefore, early intervention is critical for a child with blindness and visual impairments to help them meet appropriate development milestones such as eating, moving, socializing and communicating. VIPS staff includes certified teachers who specialize in early childhood education, visual impairment, and special education. VIPS provides services wherever the child may be throughout the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and State of Indiana. We start with providing services in the home and stay involved until age 5 when the child enters Kindergarten.

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Financial

four stars

95.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
77.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.09
  Program Expenses Growth 13.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) (KY) 96.79 four stars
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IL) 93.16 four stars
National Center for Learning Disabilities (DC) 93.70 four stars
Lee Pesky Learning Center (ID) 89.42 three stars
Little Light House (OK) 96.33 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,296,985
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $367,776
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,664,761
   Program Service Revenue $625,713
Total Primary Revenue $2,290,474
   Other Revenue $-82
TOTAL REVENUE $2,290,392
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,859,310
   Administrative Expenses $320,443
   Fundraising Expenses $192,667
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,372,420
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-82,028
   
Net Assets $2,502,828

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
Early Intervention $1,079,386 58.1%
Kids Town Preschool $690,100 37.1%
Parent Support and Retreat $89,824 4.8%

Ratings History
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 96.79 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 94.56 four stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 86.25 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 84.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 82.33 three stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 82.35 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 81.89 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 61-1061973
Name in IRS Master File VISUALLY IMPAIRED PRESCHOOLERS SERVICES OF GREATER LOUISVILLE 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 (31) Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc
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 May, 1985
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
$108,812 4.58% Diane Nelson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) (KY) 96.79 four stars
National Center for Learning Disabilities (DC) 93.70 four stars
Learning Ally (NJ) 87.80 three stars
Eye to Eye (NY) 91.75 four stars
Blind Children's Learning Center (CA) 94.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)
1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
tel: (888) 636-8477
fax: (502) 636-0024
EIN: 61-1061973

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Board Leadership

Mike Johnson
President

CEO

Diane M. Nelson
Executive Director

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