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National Federation of the Blind

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four stars

91.59

200 East Wells Street Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: (410) 659-9314   Web Site
EIN: 02-0259978

Board Leadership
Mark Riccobono
President

CEO
Mark Riccobono
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.59 four stars
  Financial 88.81 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 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

three stars

88.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 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)
84.0%
  Administrative Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Federation of the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Federation of the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 91.59 four stars
American Printing House For The Blind (KY) 86.24 three stars
The Carroll Center for the Blind (MA) 93.33 four stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 90.59 four stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 94.34 four stars

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The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to serve as a means for blind people to come together to work collectively to improve our lives. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and materials about blindness, specialized aids and appliances, adaptive equipment, and support for blind people and their families, the members of the National Federation of the Blind strive to spread the word that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. Together, with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,490,169
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,912,295
Total Contributions $17,402,464
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $17,402,464
   Other Revenue $1,477,185
TOTAL REVENUE $18,879,649
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $13,956,171
   Administrative Expenses $530,226
   Fundraising Expenses $2,505,571
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,991,968
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,887,681
   
Net Assets $22,026,293

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
Blindness Integration $5,762,693 38.1%
Civil Rights Advocacy $4,807,638 31.8%
Nonvisual Access Systems $4,558,880 30.1%

Ratings History
National Federation of the Blind has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 10/01/2016 91.59 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.14 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 89.06 three stars
2013-12 02/01/2015 81.72 three stars
2013-12 09/01/2014 81.06 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 77.16 two stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 90.90 four stars
2011-12 08/01/2012 87.79 three stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 86.92 three stars
2010-12 09/20/2011 85.28 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 81.50 three stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 81.53 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 95.71 four stars
2006-12 08/01/2007 98.85 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 91.10 four stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 86.58 three stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 84.34 three stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 93.49 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 93.47 four stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 85.40 three 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 02-0259978
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND INC
NTEE Code G41
NTEE Classification Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments
NTEE Type Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
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 February, 1949
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 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
Not compensated -- Mark A. Riccobono President
Other Salaries of Note
$123,986 0.72% John G. Pare Executive Director of Advocacy & Policy
$121,269 0.71% John Berggren Executive Director for Operations
$119,435 0.70% Patricia Maurer Director of Community Relations

The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to serve as a means for blind people to come together to work collectively to improve our lives. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and materials about blindness, specialized aids and appliances, adaptive equipment, and support for blind people and their families, the members of the National Federation of the Blind strive to spread the word that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. Together, with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 91.59 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 87.27 three stars
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 96.66 four stars
The Colorado Center for the Blind (CO) 89.09 three stars
Lighthouse of Broward County, Inc. (FL) 93.49 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: (410) 659-9314
fax: (410) 685-5653
EIN: 02-0259978

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Board Leadership

Mark Riccobono
President

CEO

Mark Riccobono
President

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