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Human Services : Social Services

American Foundation for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

75.35

1401 South Clark Street Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (212) 502-7600   Web Site
EIN: 13-5562161

Board Leadership
Debbie Dennis
Chair

CEO
Kirk Adams
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.35
  Financial 66.07
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

66.07

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 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)
61.3%
  Administrative Expenses 22.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.28
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.1%
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) 75.35
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 100.00

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,907,755
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $400,000
   Government Grants $945,365
Total Contributions $8,253,120
   Program Service Revenue $721,946
Total Primary Revenue $8,975,066
   Other Revenue $52,349
TOTAL REVENUE $9,027,415
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,308,312
   Administrative Expenses $2,048,559
   Fundraising Expenses $2,093,139
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,450,010
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,422,595
   
Net Assets $18,931,343

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 $3,989,594 48.0%
Technology Solutions $2,582,061 31.1%
Advocacy & Public Policy $1,736,657 20.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 10/01/2021 75.35
2019-06 11/01/2020 75.62
2018-06 08/01/2019 78.43
2017-06 08/01/2018 84.99
2016-06 10/01/2017 82.03
2015-06 08/01/2016 82.20
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.41
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 74.68
2013-06 09/01/2014 79.00
2012-06 08/01/2013 73.18
2011-06 05/01/2012 81.77
2010-06 09/20/2011 72.76
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 61.48
2009-06 10/01/2010 64.42
2008-06 09/01/2009 79.71
2007-06 11/01/2008 79.42
2006-06 07/01/2007 81.00
2005-06 07/01/2006 65.38
2004-06 09/01/2005 89.67
2003-06 05/01/2004 89.96

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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$298,677 2.39% Kirk Adams CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Foundation for the Blind (VA) 75.35
The Colorado Center for the Blind (CO) 86.19
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 100.00
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06

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Charity Contact Info

American Foundation for the Blind
1401 South Clark Street
Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (212) 502-7600
EIN: 13-5562161

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Board Leadership

Debbie Dennis
Chair

CEO

Kirk Adams
President and CEO

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