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American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

Providing help to blind people

two stars

78.93

1800 Johnson Street Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: (410) 659-9315   Web Site
EIN: 52-1192529

Board Leadership
Barbara Loos
President

CEO
Marc Maurer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.93 two stars
  Financial 70.48 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a service agency that specializes in providing help to blind people that is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems. The purpose of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is to assist blind and deaf-blind persons in securing reading matter, to educate the public about blindness, to provide specialized aids and appliances to the blind, to give consultation to governmental and private agencies serving the blind, to offer assistance to those losing vision in their later years, to offer services to blind children and their parents, and to work towards improving the quality of life for the blind and deaf-blind.

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a service agency that specializes in providing help to blind people that is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems. The purpose of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is to assist blind and deaf-blind persons in securing reading matter, to educate the public about blindness, to provide specialized aids and appliances to the blind, to give consultation to governmental and private agencies serving the blind, to offer assistance to those losing vision in their later years, to offer services to blind children and their parents, and to work towards improving the quality of life for the blind and deaf-blind.

Financial

two stars

70.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2018 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)
59.7%
  Administrative Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 37.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.41
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.49
  Program Expenses Growth 5.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (MD) 78.93 two stars
Equest (TX) 85.37 three stars
American Friends of Shalva Israel (NY) 92.38 four stars
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (MD) 87.93 three stars
4 Paws for Ability (OH) 94.69 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,974,157
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,974,157
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,974,157
   Other Revenue $1,691,004
TOTAL REVENUE $4,665,161
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $2,411,532
   Administrative Expenses $103,798
   Fundraising Expenses $1,422,296
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,937,626
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $727,535
   
Net Assets $31,096,040

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
Specialized Programs and Services $2,085,294 67.2%
Advocacy and Protection of Civil Rights $686,207 22.1%
Braille Publications and Library $332,516 10.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 11/01/2018 78.93 two stars
2016-12 09/01/2017 81.72 three stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 77.20 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.11 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 82.59 three stars
2013-12 11/01/2014 73.63 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 75.15 two stars
2011-12 09/01/2012 74.97 two stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 87.67 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.72 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 74.34 two stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 82.60 three stars
2007-12 10/01/2008 69.37 one star
2006-12 08/01/2007 80.56 three stars
2005-12 09/01/2006 85.65 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 76.63 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 67.30 one star
2002-12 10/01/2003 77.53 two stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 75.06 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 52-1192529
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN BROTHERHOOD FOR THE BLIND DBA BLIND CHILDREN AND ADULTS
NTEE Code P86
NTEE Classification Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
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 April, 1944
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
$132,644 3.36% Marc Maurer Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$151,769 3.85% Mark Riccobono Director of Education

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (MD) 78.93 two stars
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (MD) 87.93 three stars
American Friends of Shalva Israel (NY) 92.38 four stars
4 Paws for Ability (OH) 94.69 four stars
Variety - the Children's Charity of the Delaware Valley (PA) 87.65 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
tel: (410) 659-9315
EIN: 52-1192529

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Board Leadership

Barbara Loos
President

CEO

Marc Maurer
Executive Director

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