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Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Independence is our vision

two stars

71.69

1825 K Street, NW Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (202) 454-6400   Web Site
EIN: 53-0196609

Board Leadership
Paul Rothenburg
Chair

CEO
Anthony Cancelosi
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 71.69 two stars
  Financial 62.88 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss. Our work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active and productive in society. CLB provides programs and services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, regardless of their ability to pay. Programs and services include adaptive technology, professional and career services training, low vision services, rehabilitation, counseling, children's services, independent living and older adult programs.

Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss. Our work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active and productive in society. CLB provides programs and services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, regardless of their ability to pay. Programs and services include adaptive technology, professional and career services training, low vision services, rehabilitation, counseling, children's services, independent living and older adult programs.

Financial

one star

62.88

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.37
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.22
  Program Expenses Growth -9.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 50.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (DC) 71.69 two stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06 four stars
Leader Dogs for the Blind (MI) 92.66 four stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 89.74 three stars
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 88.04 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $579,594
   Federated Campaigns $1,371
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $93,305
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $188,250
Total Contributions $862,520
   Program Service Revenue $2,951,630
Total Primary Revenue $3,814,150
   Other Revenue $92,047
TOTAL REVENUE $3,906,197
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,407,973
   Administrative Expenses $837,237
   Fundraising Expenses $278,268
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,523,478
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-617,281
   
Net Assets $1,255,933

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
Government $2,093,818 61.4%
Rehabilitation $319,450 9.4%
Children's Programs $313,769 9.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 71.69 two stars
2018-12 12/20/2019 76.86 two stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 76.66 two stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 77.88 two stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 77.83 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 84.27 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 86.15 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 86.01 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 77.12 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 67.17 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 73.42 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 71.58 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 86.33 three stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 62.21 one star
2006-12 03/01/2008 54.69 zero star
2005-12 12/01/2006 60.52 one star
2004-12 01/01/2006 72.09 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 79.51 two stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 82.51 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 53-0196609
Name in IRS Master File COLUMBIA LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND
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 (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
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 February, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$168,460 3.72% Anthony J. Cancelosi President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (DC) 71.69 two stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.08 four stars
JBI International (NY) 88.03 three stars
Keren Or (NY) 92.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (202) 454-6400
fax: (202) 955-6401
EIN: 53-0196609

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Board Leadership

Paul Rothenburg
Chair

CEO

Anthony Cancelosi
President & CEO

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