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BrightFocus Foundation

Cure in Mind. Cure in Sight.

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three stars

82.58

22512 Gateway Center Drive Clarksburg, MD 20871
tel: (800) 437-2423   Web Site
EIN: 23-7337229

Board Leadership
Scott Rodgville
Chair

CEO
Stacy Pagos Haller
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.58 three stars
  Financial 75.56 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

BrightFocus drives innovative research worldwide and promotes awareness of Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

BrightFocus' goal is to eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. We are working to save mind and sight.

BrightFocus is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. We also provide free educational materials to people affected by or interested in these diseases, empowering them to take action for themselves and others.

A nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, we were founded in 1973 and known until 2013 as the American Health Assistance Foundation. We chose our new name-BrightFocus Foundation-to reflect our vision of a world where everyone experiences life fully and with clarity.

Please visit our website, www.brightfocus.org, for more information.

BrightFocus drives innovative research worldwide and promotes awareness of Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

BrightFocus' goal is to eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. We are working to save mind and sight.

BrightFocus is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. We also provide free educational materials to people affected by or interested in these diseases, empowering them to take action for themselves and others.

A nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, we were founded in 1973 and known until 2013 as the American Health Assistance Foundation. We chose our new name-BrightFocus Foundation-to reflect our vision of a world where everyone experiences life fully and with clarity.

Please visit our website, www.brightfocus.org, for more information.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Total number of grants awarded
72
Total number of actively managed science projects
174
Total dollar amount of actively managed science projects
36,853,500
Total dollar amount of grants awarded
13,395,700
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This impact information is current as of January 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

75.56

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
71.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.93
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 39.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by BrightFocus Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by BrightFocus Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
BrightFocus Foundation (MD) 82.58 three stars
Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (NY) 100.00 four stars
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (NY) 95.41 four stars
Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (NY) 89.06 three stars
Alzheimer's Association (IL) 89.00 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $31,995,261
   Federated Campaigns $175,615
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $191,321
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $32,362,197
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $32,362,197
   Other Revenue $2,542,308
TOTAL REVENUE $34,904,505
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $25,207,633
   Administrative Expenses $3,543,535
   Fundraising Expenses $7,064,323
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $35,815,491
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-910,986
   
Net Assets $31,868,492

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
Alzheimer's Disease Research $17,302,136 68.6%
Macular Degeneration Research $5,229,453 20.7%
National Glaucoma Research $2,676,044 10.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 02/01/2019 82.58 three stars
2017-03 03/01/2018 88.39 three stars
2016-03 05/01/2017 86.53 three stars
2015-03 11/01/2016 87.91 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 12/22/2015 84.38 three stars
2015-03 12/01/2015 84.27 three stars
2014-03 03/01/2015 84.14 three stars
2013-03 12/01/2013 81.27 three stars
2012-03 12/20/2012 79.55 two stars
2011-03 09/01/2012 71.64 two stars
2011-03 12/01/2011 76.90 two stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 79.86 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 05/01/2011 65.08 one star
2009-03 07/01/2010 58.47 one star
2008-03 06/01/2009 61.39 one star
2007-03 06/01/2008 61.63 one star
2006-03 12/01/2006 61.11 one star
2005-03 01/01/2006 67.75 one star
2004-03 01/05/2005 65.63 one star
2003-03 12/01/2003 65.51 one star

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

EIN 23-7337229
Name in IRS Master File BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code G00
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (179) Other health services
(165) Community health planning
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 January, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$395,786 1.10% Stacy Pagos Haller President/CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
BrightFocus Foundation (MD) 82.58 three stars
Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (NY) 100.00 four stars
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (NY) 95.41 four stars
Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (NY) 89.06 three stars
Alzheimer's Association (IL) 89.00 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

BrightFocus Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
tel: (800) 437-2423
fax: (301) 258-9454
EIN: 23-7337229

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Board Leadership

Scott Rodgville
Chair

CEO

Stacy Pagos Haller
President, CEO

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