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National Federation of the Blind

Live the life you want.

four stars

90.16

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 90.16 four stars
  Financial 86.42 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

three stars

86.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
81.3%
  Administrative Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.16
  Program Expenses Growth 5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Federation of the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
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) 90.16 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 93.79 four stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 93.57 four stars
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.58 four stars
VisionCorps (PA) 96.46 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,392,636
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,871,910
Total Contributions $20,264,546
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $20,264,546
   Other Revenue $1,716,957
TOTAL REVENUE $21,981,503
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $16,147,288
   Administrative Expenses $599,861
   Fundraising Expenses $2,910,436
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,657,585
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,323,918
   
Net Assets $25,081,112

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 $7,226,466 41.2%
Civil Rights Advocacy $5,447,629 31.1%
Nonvisual Access Systems $4,854,504 27.7%

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
2018-12 02/01/2020 90.16 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 90.02 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 89.85 three stars
2016-12 09/01/2017 91.22 four stars
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

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Mark A. Riccobono President
Other Salaries of Note
$129,702 0.65% John G. Pare Executive Director of Advocacy and Policy
$127,817 0.65% Patricia Maurer Director of Community Relations
$124,666 0.63% John Berggren Executive Director for Operations
$112,846 0.57% Patti Gregory Director of Outreach

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 93.79 four stars
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.58 four stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 92.09 four stars
Wayfinder Family Services (CA) 92.31 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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