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American Foundation for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

two stars

78.43

1401 S. Clark St. Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (212) 502-7621   Web Site
EIN: 13-5562161

Board Leadership
Russell Shaffer
Chair

CEO
Kirk Adams
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.43 two stars
  Financial 70.57 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit with offices in five U.S. cities, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit with offices in five U.S. cities, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.

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Financial

two stars

70.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
69.5%
  Administrative Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.27
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.70
  Program Expenses Growth -6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Foundation for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Foundation for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Foundation for the Blind (VA) 78.43 two stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.02 four stars
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 94.74 four stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 87.46 three stars
Helen Keller Services (NY) 87.89 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,477,166
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $173,587
   Related Organizations $150,000
   Government Grants $224,459
Total Contributions $4,025,212
   Program Service Revenue $514,583
Total Primary Revenue $4,539,795
   Other Revenue $1,958,383
TOTAL REVENUE $6,498,178
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,102,509
   Administrative Expenses $2,305,559
   Fundraising Expenses $1,337,076
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,745,144
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,246,966
   
Net Assets $24,616,285

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
Knowledge Building and Info Dissemination $3,317,361 54.4%
Technology Solutions $1,593,547 26.1%
Advocacy & Public Policy $1,191,601 19.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 78.43 two stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 84.99 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 82.03 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 82.20 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.41 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 74.68 two stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 79.00 two stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 73.18 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 81.77 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 72.76 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 61.48 one star
2009-06 10/01/2010 64.42 one star
2008-06 09/01/2009 79.71 two stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 79.42 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 81.00 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 65.38 one star
2004-06 09/01/2005 89.67 three stars
2003-06 05/01/2004 89.96 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 90.05 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 90.16 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 13-5562161
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND INC
NTEE Code P86
NTEE Classification Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(40) Scholarships (other)
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
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 April, 1922
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$307,014 3.15% Kirk Adams Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Foundation for the Blind (VA) 78.43 two stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 87.46 three stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 91.50 four stars
Wayfinder Family Services (CA) 92.31 four stars
JBI International (NY) 90.24 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Foundation for the Blind
1401 S. Clark St.
Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (212) 502-7621
fax: (888) 545-8331
EIN: 13-5562161

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Board Leadership

Russell Shaffer
Chair

CEO

Kirk Adams
President and CEO

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