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Human Services : Social Services

National Federation of the Blind

Live the life you want.

88.94

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 88.94
  Financial 84.65
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

84.65

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
83.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.69
  Program Expenses Growth -1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 88.94
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 100.00
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.97
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,278,627
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,044,484
Total Contributions $18,323,111
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $18,323,111
   Other Revenue $1,455,400
TOTAL REVENUE $19,778,511
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $15,987,184
   Administrative Expenses $627,787
   Fundraising Expenses $2,441,327
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,056,298
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $722,213
   
Net Assets $31,910,180

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 $6,272,750 36.6%
Civil Rights, Advocacy and Self-Organization $5,838,474 34.1%
Nonvisual Access Systems $5,024,707 29.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-12 10/01/2021 88.94
2019-12 09/01/2021 90.18
2018-12 02/01/2020 90.16
2017-12 12/21/2018 90.02
2017-12 11/01/2018 89.85
2016-12 09/01/2017 91.22
2015-12 10/01/2016 91.59
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.14
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 89.06
2013-12 02/01/2015 81.72
2013-12 09/01/2014 81.06
2012-12 10/01/2013 77.16
2011-12 05/01/2013 90.90
2011-12 08/01/2012 87.79
2010-12 11/01/2011 86.92
2010-12 09/20/2011 85.28
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 81.50
2008-12 12/01/2009 81.53
2007-12 11/01/2008 95.71
2006-12 08/01/2007 98.85

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • 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
$143,517 0.75% John G. Pare Executive Director of Advocacy and Policy
$138,205 0.72% John Berggren Executive Director for Operations
$122,346 0.64% Patti Gregory Director of Outreach

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 88.94
Center for Hearing and Communication (NY) 85.24
VisionCorps (PA) 93.34
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06

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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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