Disable all preview features

International : Development and Relief Services

Seva Foundation

Transforming lives by restoring sight.

impact data icon

Impact Information is available from our partner, GuideStar

four stars

92.68

1786 Fifth Street Berkeley, CA 94710
tel: (877) 764-7382   Web Site
EIN: 38-2231279

Board Leadership
Deborah Galardi
Board Chair

CEO
Kate Moynihan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.68 four stars
  Financial 90.10 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Seva Foundation was formed in 1978 with a mission to alleviate suffering caused by disease and poverty. Our approach is to build partnerships that respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions. Seva currently works to prevent blindness and restore sight in 22 countries in developing nations including Native American projects in the U.S. Our focus is to help people transform their lives by restoring their sight.

Seva Foundation was formed in 1978 with a mission to alleviate suffering caused by disease and poverty. Our approach is to build partnerships that respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions. Seva currently works to prevent blindness and restore sight in 22 countries in developing nations including Native American projects in the U.S. Our focus is to help people transform their lives by restoring their sight.

Impact Information

GuideStar is Charity Navigator's trusted partner in sharing information on how this organization seeks impact.  GuideStar has recognized this organization with a Platinum Seal of Transparency for voluntarily and publicly sharing information about how they measure their progress and results.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Reported Results
Showing 3 of 8
Total in 2018
Number of teachers, community health workers, doctors, nurses and hospital administrators trained
5,912
Number of people receiving eye care and exams.
1,526,860
Surgeries Performed by Seva and our partners including cataract, trachoma trichiasis and others.
129,450
Glasses Distributed by Seva and our partners.
96,729
Average number of dollars received per donor
394
Number of new donors
3,107
Total number of donors
9,491
Number of donors retained
4,801
This impact information is current as of July 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

four stars

90.10

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.02
  Program Expenses Growth 3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seva Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seva Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seva Foundation (CA) 92.68 four stars
Assist International (CA) 90.71 four stars
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (NY) 96.37 four stars
Shalom Foundation (TN) 85.00 three stars
WE Charity (NY) 94.74 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,307,933
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $61,581
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $27,600
Total Contributions $6,397,114
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,397,114
   Other Revenue $1,022,569
TOTAL REVENUE $7,419,683
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,081,763
   Administrative Expenses $872,226
   Fundraising Expenses $970,416
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,924,405
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-504,722
   
Net Assets $36,870,679

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
Sight Services & Restoration Program $6,081,763 100.0%

Ratings History
Seva Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 92.68 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 92.27 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 87.36 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 93.98 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 94.69 four stars
2013-06 04/01/2014 96.49 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 77.61 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 75.82 two stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 77.56 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 77.27 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 68.42 one star
2009-06 07/01/2010 67.35 one star
2008-06 08/01/2009 89.77 three stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 90.05 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 84.05 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 95.32 four stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 72.16 two stars
2003-06 02/01/2004 90.38 four stars
2002-06 02/05/2003 75.24 two stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 77.40 two 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 38-2231279
Name in IRS Master File SEVA FOUNDATION
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 (161) Scientific research (diseases)
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 May, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$138,237 1.74% Kathleen Moynihan Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$149,223 1.88% Deborah Moses Finance Director
$145,080 1.83% Suzanne Gilbert Senior Program Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seva Foundation (CA) 92.68 four stars
Amazima Ministries (TN) 96.92 four stars
American Leprosy Missions (SC) 89.65 three stars
Hope 4 Kids International (AZ) 89.49 three stars
Agape International Missions (CA) 98.23 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Seva Foundation
1786 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
tel: (877) 764-7382
fax: (510) 845-7410
EIN: 38-2231279

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Deborah Galardi
Board Chair

CEO

Kate Moynihan
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.