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International : Development and Relief Services

Helen Keller International

Fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition

four stars

92.59

One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Floor 2
New York, NY 10017
tel: (212) 532-0544   Web Site
EIN: 13-5562162

Board Leadership
Henry C. Barkhorn III
Chairman

CEO
Kathy Spahn
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.59 four stars
  Financial 89.97 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition. HKI has programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. HKI builds local capacity by establishing sustainable programs, and provides scientific and technical assistance and data to governments and international, regional, national and local organizations around the world. HKI programs combat malnutrition, cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness) and refractive error. The goal of all HKI programs is to reduce suffering of those without access to needed health or vision care and ultimately, to help lift people from poverty.

Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition. HKI has programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. HKI builds local capacity by establishing sustainable programs, and provides scientific and technical assistance and data to governments and international, regional, national and local organizations around the world. HKI programs combat malnutrition, cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness) and refractive error. The goal of all HKI programs is to reduce suffering of those without access to needed health or vision care and ultimately, to help lift people from poverty.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of vision screenings for disadvantaged youth in the United States
66,000
Number of free prescription eyeglasses provided to disadvantaged youth
15,000
Number of cataract surgeries performed
40,000
This impact information is current as of October 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

three stars

89.97

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.40
  Program Expenses Growth 10.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Helen Keller International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Helen Keller International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Helen Keller International (NY) 92.59 four stars
American Friends of Leket Israel (NJ) 86.79 three stars
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (MA) 85.83 three stars
Curamericas Global (NC) 85.15 three stars
The Clinton Foundation (NY) 92.40 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $26,156,491
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $779,944
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $55,363,785
Total Contributions $82,300,220
   Program Service Revenue $711,439
Total Primary Revenue $83,011,659
   Other Revenue $228,208
TOTAL REVENUE $83,239,867
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $71,493,844
   Administrative Expenses $10,398,832
   Fundraising Expenses $2,151,452
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $84,044,128
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-804,261
   
Net Assets $32,266,767

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
Reduce Malnutrition $44,892,788 62.8%
Control, Prevention, and Morbidity Management of Tropical Diseases $22,746,642 31.8%
Cataract, Refractive Error, and Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment $3,854,414 5.4%

Ratings History
Helen Keller International has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 92.59 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 91.10 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 92.47 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 92.49 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 93.82 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.63 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 94.56 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 94.64 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 94.91 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 87.61 three stars
2010-06 10/01/2011 90.86 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.83 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2010 93.53 four stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 94.43 four stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 94.45 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 73.39 two stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 88.82 three stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 91.28 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 93.79 four stars
2002-06 02/05/2003 90.52 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 13-5562162
Name in IRS Master File HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL
NTEE Code Q30
NTEE Classification International Development, Relief Services
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(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 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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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$378,900 0.45% Kathy Spahn President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Helen Keller International (NY) 92.59 four stars
World Help (VA) 88.43 three stars
International Orthodox Christian Charities (MD) 87.62 three stars
Heart for Lebanon Foundation (NC) 94.07 four stars
Heal Africa USA (MI) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Helen Keller International
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
Floor 2
New York, NY 10017
tel: (212) 532-0544
EIN: 13-5562162

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Board Leadership

Henry C. Barkhorn III
Chairman

CEO

Kathy Spahn
President, CEO

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