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Cleveland Sight Center

Empowering people with vision loss to realize their full potential

four stars

94.50

1909 East 101st Street P.O. Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106
tel: (216) 791-8118   Web Site
EIN: 34-0714652

Board Leadership
Thomas P. Furnas
Chair

CEO
Lawrence E. Benders
President, Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.50 four stars
  Financial 92.23 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

92.23

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.89
  Program Expenses Growth 3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cleveland Sight Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cleveland Sight Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.50 four stars
Keren Or (NY) 92.33 four stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 90.59 four stars
Junior Blind of America (CA) 97.23 four stars
INSIGHT (RI) 90.91 four stars

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Cleveland Sight Center is a multi-faceted agency founded in 1906 serving people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. We provide preventative, educational, rehabilitative, and many other vision support services directly to approximately 10,000 clients in the greater Cleveland area each year. Through community outreach and our radio-reading service, that number increases significantly. In addition to our educational and rehabilitative programs, we have a Low Vision Clinic, offer a wide array of social and recreational activities, and have a residential camp, Highbrook Lodge, in Chardon. Our comprehensive services are available to residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties, with onsite services available to anyone who can travel to Cleveland Sight Center's University Circle location.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,376,686
   Federated Campaigns $48,170
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $426,602
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,851,458
   Program Service Revenue $3,014,009
Total Primary Revenue $4,865,467
   Other Revenue $1,400,382
TOTAL REVENUE $6,265,849
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,491,791
   Administrative Expenses $1,243,437
   Fundraising Expenses $554,691
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,289,919
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,024,070
   
Net Assets $89,767,603

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
Employment Services $2,859,561 38.2%
Adult Clinical, Training and Social Work Services $2,511,012 33.5%
Early Intervention, Preschool $1,078,228 14.4%

Ratings History
Cleveland Sight Center has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-09 10/01/2016 94.50 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 90.24 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 80.85 three stars
2014-09 12/22/2015 80.74 three stars
2013-09 07/01/2014 91.89 four stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 85.24 three stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 91.06 four stars
2010-09 03/01/2012 87.11 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 73.95 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 73.22 two stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 73.27 two stars
2007-09 02/01/2009 79.94 two stars
2006-09 05/01/2008 82.45 three stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 86.31 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 79.27 two stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 94.82 four 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 34-0714652
Name in IRS Master File CLEVELAND SOCIETY 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 (31) Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(325) Camp
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, 1928
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$138,772 1.49% Larry Benders President
Other Salaries of Note
$90,400 0.97% Steven M Friedman Former President, Executive Director

Cleveland Sight Center is a multi-faceted agency founded in 1906 serving people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. We provide preventative, educational, rehabilitative, and many other vision support services directly to approximately 10,000 clients in the greater Cleveland area each year. Through community outreach and our radio-reading service, that number increases significantly. In addition to our educational and rehabilitative programs, we have a Low Vision Clinic, offer a wide array of social and recreational activities, and have a residential camp, Highbrook Lodge, in Chardon. Our comprehensive services are available to residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties, with onsite services available to anyone who can travel to Cleveland Sight Center's University Circle location.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.50 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 87.27 three stars
JBI International (NY) 97.00 four stars
Junior Blind of America (CA) 97.23 four stars
INSIGHT (RI) 90.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Cleveland Sight Center
1909 East 101st Street
P.O. Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106
tel: (216) 791-8118
fax: (216) 791-1101
EIN: 34-0714652

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Board Leadership

Thomas P. Furnas
Chair

CEO

Lawrence E. Benders
President, Executive Director

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