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Human Services : Social Services

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

Providing help to blind people

75.11

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

Board Leadership
Barbara Loos
President

CEO
Marc Riccobono
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.11
  Financial 65.04
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

65.04

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

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)
58.9%
  Administrative Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 38.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.42
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.71
  Program Expenses Growth -3.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.4%
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) 75.11
Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa (IA) 86.84
4 Paws for Ability (OH) 94.67
Pine Tree Society (ME) 91.49
American Friends of Shalva Israel (NY) 85.78

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,249,944
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,249,944
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,249,944
   Other Revenue $1,688,393
TOTAL REVENUE $4,938,337
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $2,150,729
   Administrative Expenses $117,262
   Fundraising Expenses $1,521,003
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,788,994
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,149,343
   
Net Assets $36,676,432

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 $2,214,532 76.7%
Braille Publications and Programs $566,669 19.6%
Tools for Independence $106,597 3.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 10/01/2021 76.38
2019-12 10/01/2021 76.38
2018-12 11/01/2019 78.58
2017-12 11/01/2018 78.93
2016-12 09/01/2017 81.72
2015-12 10/01/2016 77.20
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.11
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 82.59
2013-12 11/01/2014 73.63
2012-12 04/01/2014 75.15
2011-12 09/01/2012 74.97
2010-12 12/23/2011 87.67
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.72
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 74.34
2008-12 11/01/2009 82.60
2007-12 10/01/2008 69.37
2006-12 08/01/2007 80.56
2005-12 09/01/2006 85.65
2004-12 10/01/2005 76.63
2003-12 10/01/2004 67.30

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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$173,481 4.57% Mark Riccobono Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (MD) 75.11
Pujols Family Foundation (MO) 89.27
Misericordia (IL) 94.60
Adaptive Sports Center (CO) 95.81
Variety - the Children's Charity of the Delaware Valley (PA) 85.01

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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 Riccobono
Executive Director

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