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Health : Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

MS Focus

two stars

75.54

National Headquarters 6520 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
tel: (800) 225-6495   Web Site
EIN: 59-2792934

Board Leadership
Eric Schenck
President

CEO
Jules Kuperberg & Alan Segaloff
Co-Executive Directors

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.54 two stars
  Financial 65.55 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1986, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, known in the MS community as MS Focus, is a nonprofit organization focused on providing free services that address the critical needs of people with MS and their families, helping them maintain the best quality of life.

MS Focus stands in the gap, helping individuals affected by MS for whom there are few other resources. We are here provide the support, education, and direct assistance to meet the critical needs of people with MS and help them successfully adapt to their challenging circumstances. Our primary focus is on providing individuals with MS the help they need to maintain their health and well-being, to continue to be productive and independent, and to keep a roof over their heads and a safe environment in their home. We do so with empathy, resourcefulness, and conscientious care.

Founded in 1986, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, known in the MS community as MS Focus, is a nonprofit organization focused on providing free services that address the critical needs of people with MS and their families, helping them maintain the best quality of life.

MS Focus stands in the gap, helping individuals affected by MS for whom there are few other resources. We are here provide the support, education, and direct assistance to meet the critical needs of people with MS and help them successfully adapt to their challenging circumstances. Our primary focus is on providing individuals with MS the help they need to maintain their health and well-being, to continue to be productive and independent, and to keep a roof over their heads and a safe environment in their home. We do so with empathy, resourcefulness, and conscientious care.

Financial

one star

65.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
60.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 30.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.30
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.68
  Program Expenses Growth -4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Multiple Sclerosis Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Multiple Sclerosis Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FL) 75.54 two stars
Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (MA) 88.05 three stars
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NY) 87.69 three stars
Race to Erase MS (CA) 88.89 three stars
Rocky Mountain MS Center (CO) 88.14 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,247,624
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,247,624
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,247,624
   Other Revenue $114,135
TOTAL REVENUE $7,361,759
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,768,553
   Administrative Expenses $668,227
   Fundraising Expenses $2,264,481
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,701,261
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-339,502
   
Net Assets $6,146,197

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
Home Care Grant Program $440,231 9.2%
Equipment Support Program $295,748 6.2%
Assistive Technology Program $340,693 7.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 75.54 two stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 77.98 two stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 76.20 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.13 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 88.10 three stars
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.11 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 86.86 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 86.56 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 84.13 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 83.99 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 85.39 three stars
2010-12 11/06/2012 84.18 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 82.53 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.37 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/24/2010 70.80 two stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 66.45 one star
2007-12 10/01/2008 80.82 three stars
2006-12 08/01/2007 76.85 two stars
2005-12 09/01/2006 84.50 three stars
2004-12 09/01/2005 82.53 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 59-2792934
Name in IRS Master File MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(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 October, 1988
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$124,613 1.61% Jules Kuperberg Co-Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$104,899 1.36% Alan Segaloff Co-Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FL) 75.54 two stars
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NY) 87.69 three stars
Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (MA) 88.05 three stars
Rocky Mountain MS Center (CO) 88.14 three stars
Race to Erase MS (CA) 88.89 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
National Headquarters
6520 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
tel: (800) 225-6495
fax: (954) 938-8708
EIN: 59-2792934

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Board Leadership

Eric Schenck
President

CEO

Jules Kuperberg & Alan Segaloff
Co-Executive Directors

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