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Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Independence is our vision

two stars

76.86

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 76.86 two stars
  Financial 70.92 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/20/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

two stars

70.92

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 12/20/2019 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)
79.5%
  Administrative Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.44
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.26
  Program Expenses Growth -3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 36.0%
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) 76.86 two stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 86.11 three stars
INSIGHT (RI) 93.77 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 93.79 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $376,196
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $149,285
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $300,712
Total Contributions $826,193
   Program Service Revenue $4,092,407
Total Primary Revenue $4,918,600
   Other Revenue $186,130
TOTAL REVENUE $5,104,730
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,591,518
   Administrative Expenses $915,060
   Fundraising Expenses $308,992
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,815,570
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-710,840
   
Net Assets $1,648,445

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 $3,030,227 66.0%
Rehabilitation $556,638 12.1%
Employment and Training $377,133 8.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2001-12 06/09/2003 80.01 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
$197,223 3.39% Anthony J. Cancelosi President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (DC) 76.86 two stars
VisionCorps (PA) 96.46 four stars
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03 three stars
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 98.23 four stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 91.07 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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