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American Foundation for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

three stars

82.20

2 Penn Plaza Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
tel: (212) 502-7621   Web Site
EIN: 13-5562161

Board Leadership
Larry Kimbler
Chair

CEO
Kirk Adams
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.20 three stars
  Financial 76.14 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

two stars

76.14

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 08/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
71.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.34
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.64
  Program Expenses Growth -2.6%
  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 (NY) 82.20 three stars
INSIGHT (RI) 90.91 four stars
The Colorado Center for the Blind (CO) 89.09 three stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.50 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 87.27 three stars

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Co-founded by Helen Keller, AFB is a national nonprofit whose programs and services meet the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. We advocate for laws and policies that support those with vision loss, develop and promote universally accessible technology, and provide leadership and training to organizations and professionals serving people with vision loss. In addition, we ensure that people with vision loss and their families have up-to-date information about career opportunities, mobility and much more.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,077,111
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $43,050
   Related Organizations $150,000
   Government Grants $88,356
Total Contributions $7,358,517
   Program Service Revenue $251,126
Total Primary Revenue $7,609,643
   Other Revenue $4,424,759
TOTAL REVENUE $12,034,402
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,342,094
   Administrative Expenses $1,431,946
   Fundraising Expenses $2,068,893
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,842,933
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,191,469
   
Net Assets $34,253,646

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 $4,318,015 58.8%
Technology Solutions $1,962,365 26.7%
Advocacy & Public Policy $1,061,714 14.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$297,558 2.74% Carl Augusto President/CEO

Co-founded by Helen Keller, AFB is a national nonprofit whose programs and services meet the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. We advocate for laws and policies that support those with vision loss, develop and promote universally accessible technology, and provide leadership and training to organizations and professionals serving people with vision loss. In addition, we ensure that people with vision loss and their families have up-to-date information about career opportunities, mobility and much more.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Foundation for the Blind (NY) 82.20 three stars
VisionCorps (PA) 95.43 four stars
Happy Hands Education Center (OK) 92.02 four stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 91.26 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
tel: (212) 502-7621
fax: (888) 545-8331
EIN: 13-5562161

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Board Leadership

Larry Kimbler
Chair

CEO

Kirk Adams
President, CEO

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