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Braille Institute of America

Empowering visually impaired people to live fulfilling lives

three stars

87.03

741 North Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90029
tel: (323) 663-1111   Web Site
EIN: 95-1641426

Board Leadership
Michael C. Corley
Chair

CEO
Peter A. Mindnich
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.03 three stars
  Financial 82.11 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1919, Braille Institute is committed to eliminating barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Programs include a nationally recognized library serving blind and disabled individuals, a publishing house, child development services, youth programs, low vision rehabilitation services, adult education programs and an ongoing effort to promote Braille literacy throughout the United States. All programs and services are provided free of charge.

Founded in 1919, Braille Institute is committed to eliminating barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Programs include a nationally recognized library serving blind and disabled individuals, a publishing house, child development services, youth programs, low vision rehabilitation services, adult education programs and an ongoing effort to promote Braille literacy throughout the United States. All programs and services are provided free of charge.

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Financial

three stars

82.11

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
74.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.44
  Program Expenses Growth -1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Braille Institute of America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Braille Institute of America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03 three stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 93.79 four stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06 four stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48 three stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 88.04 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,315,365
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $17,250
   Related Organizations $21,740
   Government Grants $748,080
Total Contributions $12,102,435
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $12,102,435
   Other Revenue $10,028,854
TOTAL REVENUE $22,131,289
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $17,930,682
   Administrative Expenses $2,489,877
   Fundraising Expenses $3,378,393
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,798,952
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,667,663
   
Net Assets $182,812,333

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2020 87.03 three stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 87.01 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 87.11 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 84.93 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 83.98 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.08 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 78.81 two stars
2013-06 04/01/2014 87.22 three stars
2012-06 03/01/2013 84.97 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 90.25 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 90.99 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 04/01/2011 85.62 three stars
2009-06 04/01/2010 87.25 three stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 79.13 two stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 84.88 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 84.01 three stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 73.12 two stars
2003-06 05/01/2004 90.32 four stars
2002-06 02/05/2003 83.09 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 90.72 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 95-1641426
Name in IRS Master File BRAILLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA INC
NTEE Code P86
NTEE Classification Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 September, 1963
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$340,088 1.42% Peter Mindnich President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03 three stars
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.97 four stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 93.57 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 88.04 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Braille Institute of America
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
tel: (323) 663-1111
fax: (323) 663-0867
EIN: 95-1641426

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Board Leadership

Michael C. Corley
Chair

CEO

Peter A. Mindnich
President

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