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Blinded Veterans Association

Blinded Veterans serving Blinded Veterans

one star

67.79

1101 King Street Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (800) 669-7079   Web Site
EIN: 53-0214281

Board Leadership
Tom Zampieri
National President

CEO
Donald D. Overton, Jr.
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 67.79 one star
  Financial 55.00 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mission
BVA serves as ambassadors and mentors for all Veterans and their Families coping with sight loss
Vision
BVA continually strives to better the lives of all who served in the Armed Forces living with sight loss through: expert advocacy, engaged membership, clear communication, and peer inspired self-reliance. Our BVA family epitomizes respect, honor, dedication and commitment to sustain a thriving, informed, patriotic and connected community
Why
BVA is the ONLY congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization created for, consisting of and led by Visually Impaired Veterans focused on the issues, advocacy and mentorship vital to all Veterans and Families coping with sight loss regardless of service connection
Purpose
promote the welfare of Blinded Veterans so that they may take their rightful place in the community & work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world;
preserve & strengthen a spirit of fellowship among Blinded Veterans

Mission
BVA serves as ambassadors and mentors for all Veterans and their Families coping with sight loss
Vision
BVA continually strives to better the lives of all who served in the Armed Forces living with sight loss through: expert advocacy, engaged membership, clear communication, and peer inspired self-reliance. Our BVA family epitomizes respect, honor, dedication and commitment to sustain a thriving, informed, patriotic and connected community
Why
BVA is the ONLY congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization created for, consisting of and led by Visually Impaired Veterans focused on the issues, advocacy and mentorship vital to all Veterans and Families coping with sight loss regardless of service connection
Purpose
promote the welfare of Blinded Veterans so that they may take their rightful place in the community & work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world;
preserve & strengthen a spirit of fellowship among Blinded Veterans

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Veterans Disability Assistance Program
Program Name: Veterans Disability Assistance Program

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
Blinded Veterans Association provides assistance to help disabled veterans claim the government benefits they are owed.
Impact Statement
$9,000 increases disability benefits claimed by a veteran by $110,000.
Assessment Benchmark
Impact & Results scores of veterans disability benefits programs are based on the return of benefits secured per dollar spent. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if ever dollar spent results in $1.50 in benefits secured, and a score of 75 if a dollar spent results in $0.85 to a veteran.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Blinded Veterans Association.
Data Source
Blinded Veterans Association publicly reports how many claims it filed successfully or how many veterans it served, as well as the dollar value of claims filed successfully.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We estimate the amount of benefits claimed as a result of the nonprofit's work by comparing its reported figures to the amount of benefits that would have been claimed without the nonprofit's help (the “counterfactual”). Without the nonprofit, some veterans might have successfully filed claims on their own or with the help of other organizations. These counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change (benefits received) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and educated assumptions. Specifically, we assume that attorneys and claims assistants at other nonprofits generally have full caseloads. We also assume that veterans applying or appealing on their own experience half the success rate as if they had been assisted by the nonprofit.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of September 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

one star

55.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
44.0%
  Administrative Expenses 21.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 34.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.50
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.80
  Program Expenses Growth -16.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blinded Veterans Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blinded Veterans Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blinded Veterans Association (VA) 67.79 one star
Green Beret Foundation (TX) 90.89 four stars
Gary Sinise Foundation (CA) 98.23 four stars
CIA Officers Memorial Foundation (VA) 99.10 four stars
Project Sanctuary (CO) 93.98 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,609,661
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $11,734
   Fundraising Events $18,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,639,895
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,639,895
   Other Revenue $806,074
TOTAL REVENUE $2,445,969
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $997,770
   Administrative Expenses $839,031
   Fundraising Expenses $599,368
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,436,169
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,800
   
Net Assets $12,180,471

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
Public Education and Communications $875,994 68.2%
Veteran Service $395,519 30.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 67.79 one star
2018-06 05/01/2020 71.67 two stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 70.76 two stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 77.66 two stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 78.38 two stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 73.46 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 73.63 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 78.39 two stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 78.20 two stars
2013-06 05/01/2014 29.28 zero star
2012-06 03/01/2013 29.28 zero star
2011-06 05/25/2012 29.28 zero star
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.05 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 67.68 one star
2009-06 07/01/2010 66.37 one star
2008-06 04/01/2009 63.26 one star
2007-06 08/01/2008 74.69 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 69.36 one star
2005-06 04/01/2006 67.57 one star
2004-06 04/01/2005 76.78 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 53-0214281
Name in IRS Master File BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION
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
(566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
(927) Fundraising
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 August, 1946
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$80,481 3.30% Joseph Bogart Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$88,070 3.61% Melanie Brunson Government Relations Director
$87,899 3.60% Kathryn Ruais Former Chief Financial Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blinded Veterans Association (VA) 67.79 one star
Air Warrior Courage Foundation (MD) 92.92 four stars
Travis Manion Foundation (PA) 94.67 four stars
USO of Metropolitan New York (NY) 86.91 three stars
CIA Officers Memorial Foundation (VA) 99.10 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blinded Veterans Association
1101 King Street
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (800) 669-7079
fax: (202) 371-8258
EIN: 53-0214281

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Board Leadership

Tom Zampieri
National President

CEO

Donald D. Overton, Jr.
Executive Director

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