Disable all preview features

Human Services : Social Services

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Providing hope, confidence and independence

four stars

100.00

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue Miami, FL 33130
tel: (305) 856-2288   Web Site
EIN: 59-0637847

Board Leadership
Charles J. Nielson
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Virginia A. Jacko
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded nearly a century ago, through education, training, research, and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse provides hope, confidence, and independence to the blind community. As the oldest and largest private agency in Florida, our innovative programs for people of all ages promote self-sufficiency and independent living. We offer unique educational programs for children and adults in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and adult basic education and ESL classes. Programs for visually impaired clients include comprehensive vision rehabilitation, vocational and social services, computer and technology training, life enrichment classes such as music and art, and low vision assessments and adaptive aids through our Solutions Center. Comprehensive eye exams and glasses are provided at no cost for low-income children statewide using five mobile eye care units and through our network of 1,100 affiliated optometrists.

Founded nearly a century ago, through education, training, research, and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse provides hope, confidence, and independence to the blind community. As the oldest and largest private agency in Florida, our innovative programs for people of all ages promote self-sufficiency and independent living. We offer unique educational programs for children and adults in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and adult basic education and ESL classes. Programs for visually impaired clients include comprehensive vision rehabilitation, vocational and social services, computer and technology training, life enrichment classes such as music and art, and low vision assessments and adaptive aids through our Solutions Center. Comprehensive eye exams and glasses are provided at no cost for low-income children statewide using five mobile eye care units and through our network of 1,100 affiliated optometrists.

Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
85.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.41
  Program Expenses Growth 13.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 100.00 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 91.93 four stars
Wayfinder Family Services (CA) 96.43 four stars
Center for Hearing and Communication (NY) 85.24 three stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,889,992
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,849,918
Total Contributions $14,739,910
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,739,910
   Other Revenue $1,394,345
TOTAL REVENUE $16,134,255
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,616,568
   Administrative Expenses $860,363
   Fundraising Expenses $557,531
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,034,462
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,099,793
   
Net Assets $40,314,669

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
Early Intervention Program $3,908,760 45.4%
Vision Program $2,221,741 25.8%
Alternative Rehabilitation Program $1,369,419 15.9%
Pre-Employment Transition $1,116,648 13.0%

Ratings History
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has received 13 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/01/2020 100.00 four stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 98.23 four stars
2018-12 09/03/2019 94.74 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 98.14 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 96.67 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 98.06 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 95.63 four stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 96.99 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 98.06 four stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 94.43 four stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 92.55 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 98.21 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 96.20 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 98.39 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 98.39 four stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 90.16 four stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 75.23 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 76.50 two stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 72.56 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 59-0637847
Name in IRS Master File MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED INC
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 (566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
(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 April, 1949
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$224,068 2.23% Virginia Jacko President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 100.00 four stars
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44 four stars
Keren Or (NY) 90.74 four stars
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.83 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.18 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
601 Southwest Eighth Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
tel: (305) 856-2288
fax: (305) 285-6967
EIN: 59-0637847

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Charles J. Nielson
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Virginia A. Jacko
President & CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.