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Prevent Blindness

Our vision is vision

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three stars

89.68

225 West Wacker Drive Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (800) 331-2020   Web Site
EIN: 36-3667121

Board Leadership
Torrey Van Antwerp DeKeyser
Chair

CEO
Jeff Todd
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.68 three stars
  Financial 85.72 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year. Every year more than 120 million people read, hear or see our messages about early detection of eye disease and prevention of accidents that can cause permanent loss of sight. We train and certify adult and children's vision screeners and screening instructors through the only national program of its kind, providing 20,000 vision screening personnel with the skills they need to help people in their communities.

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year. Every year more than 120 million people read, hear or see our messages about early detection of eye disease and prevention of accidents that can cause permanent loss of sight. We train and certify adult and children's vision screeners and screening instructors through the only national program of its kind, providing 20,000 vision screening personnel with the skills they need to help people in their communities.

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Financial

three stars

85.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.47
  Program Expenses Growth -2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prevent Blindness on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prevent Blindness on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prevent Blindness (IL) 89.68 three stars
Hearing Loss Association of America (MD) 89.22 three stars
San Diego Center for the Blind (CA) 87.32 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,376,133
   Federated Campaigns $18,373
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,013,855
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,719,417
Total Contributions $8,127,778
   Program Service Revenue $121,828
Total Primary Revenue $8,249,606
   Other Revenue $1,087,135
TOTAL REVENUE $9,336,741
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,205,494
   Administrative Expenses $1,170,093
   Fundraising Expenses $1,229,337
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,604,924
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,268,183
   
Net Assets $24,253,818

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
Public Health Education $3,626,932 44.2%
Community Services $2,696,792 32.9%
Professional Education and Training $1,485,755 18.1%
Research $396,015 4.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 05/01/2019 89.68 three stars
2017-03 06/01/2018 89.76 three stars
2016-03 05/01/2017 89.47 three stars
2015-03 09/01/2016 88.61 three stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 89.43 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 04/01/2015 87.07 three stars
2013-03 04/01/2014 82.25 three stars
2012-03 03/01/2013 87.86 three stars
2011-03 09/01/2012 86.92 three stars
2011-03 04/01/2012 86.92 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 82.22 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-03 12/22/2010 84.58 three stars
2008-03 12/01/2010 88.79 three stars
2007-03 09/01/2008 92.92 four stars
2006-03 02/01/2007 84.34 three stars
2005-03 05/01/2006 75.96 two stars
2004-03 05/01/2005 72.33 two stars
2003-03 02/01/2004 72.78 two stars
2002-03 04/15/2003 80.74 three stars
2001-03 10/15/2002 82.83 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 36-3667121
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL SOCIETY TO PREVENT BLINDNESS
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 (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name NATIONAL SOCIETY TO PREVENT BLINDNESS
Ruling Date July, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$244,862 2.30% Hugh Parry President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prevent Blindness (IL) 89.68 three stars
Hearing Loss Association of America (MD) 89.22 three stars
San Diego Center for the Blind (CA) 87.32 three stars

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This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • Prevent Blindness
  • Prevent Blindness Wisconsin (39-6096227)
  • Prevent Blindness Iowa (42-6083207)
  • Prevent Blindness North Carolina (56-6088141)
  • Prevent Blindness Georgia (58-6050305)
  • Prevent Blindness Texas (74-6075105)
  • Northern California Society to Prevent Blindness (94-6139663) (94-6139663)
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio (31-6063433)

Charity Contact Info

Prevent Blindness
225 West Wacker Drive
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (800) 331-2020
EIN: 36-3667121

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Board Leadership

Torrey Van Antwerp DeKeyser
Chair

CEO

Jeff Todd
President & CEO

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