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Health : Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines

Sight Connection

reclaiming and maintaining independence for those living with vision loss

two stars

76.50

929 N 130th St., Suite 3 Suite 3
Seattle, WA 98133
tel: (800) 458-4888   Web Site
EIN: 91-0564751

Board Leadership
Jonathan Avedovech
Chair

CEO
Miles Otoupal
Interim President/CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.50 two stars
  Financial 72.75 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1956 Sight Connection has been the only organization in Western WA transforming the lives of the visually impaired with independence-focused programs and services that remove the obstacles and challenges of daily living and achieving personal goals.

Funding is an investment in Sight Connection's wraparound menu of foundational services supporting self-reliance and self-sufficiency for the visually impaired living in Seattle. Credentialed and accredited specialists in low-vision, adjustment counseling, home assessments and rehabilitation, orientation and mobility and adaptive aids and assistive technology address all aspects of adapting to life with a visual disability. Collaboratively this team and their clients create a plan-of-care that meets individual goals and aspirations around aging/remaining in their home, remaining employed, social engagement, physical activity, travel, mainstream schooling and continuing with all activities that define their quality of life.

Since 1956 Sight Connection has been the only organization in Western WA transforming the lives of the visually impaired with independence-focused programs and services that remove the obstacles and challenges of daily living and achieving personal goals.

Funding is an investment in Sight Connection's wraparound menu of foundational services supporting self-reliance and self-sufficiency for the visually impaired living in Seattle. Credentialed and accredited specialists in low-vision, adjustment counseling, home assessments and rehabilitation, orientation and mobility and adaptive aids and assistive technology address all aspects of adapting to life with a visual disability. Collaboratively this team and their clients create a plan-of-care that meets individual goals and aspirations around aging/remaining in their home, remaining employed, social engagement, physical activity, travel, mainstream schooling and continuing with all activities that define their quality of life.

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Financial

two stars

72.75

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
74.9%
  Administrative Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.36
  Program Expenses Growth -0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sight Connection on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sight Connection on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sight Connection (WA) 76.50 two stars
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DC) 88.55 three stars
San Diego Center for the Blind (CA) 89.82 three stars
Hearing Loss Association of America (MD) 94.15 four stars
Prevent Blindness (IL) 89.68 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $231,415
   Federated Campaigns $1,947
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $304,886
Total Contributions $538,248
   Program Service Revenue $76,770
Total Primary Revenue $615,018
   Other Revenue $418,934
TOTAL REVENUE $1,033,952
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,095,356
   Administrative Expenses $415,155
   Fundraising Expenses $175,530
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,686,041
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-652,089
   
Net Assets $742,106

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
Vision Rehabilitation $812,904 74.2%
Adaptive Aids $270,149 24.7%
Educational Services $12,303 1.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 76.50 two stars
2016-12 03/01/2019 86.27 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2019 81.44 three stars
2016-12 08/01/2018 79.85 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 77.59 two stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 86.89 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.14 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 79.83 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 76.71 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 82.85 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 84.53 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 86.66 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.58 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 77.37 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 78.22 two stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 79.54 two stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 85.58 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 88.13 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 87.31 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 86.39 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 91-0564751
Name in IRS Master File SIGHTCONNECTION
NTEE Code G41
NTEE Classification Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments
NTEE Type Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(59) Other school related activities
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 December, 1956
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
$154,045 9.13% Shannon Martsolf CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sight Connection (WA) 76.50 two stars
San Diego Center for the Blind (CA) 89.82 three stars
Hearing Loss Association of America (MD) 94.15 four stars
Prevent Blindness (IL) 89.68 three stars
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DC) 88.55 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Sight Connection
929 N 130th St., Suite 3
Suite 3
Seattle, WA 98133
tel: (800) 458-4888
fax: (206) 525-5556
EIN: 91-0564751

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Board Leadership

Jonathan Avedovech
Chair

CEO

Miles Otoupal
Interim President/CEO

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