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Wayfinder Family Services

Changing the future, together.

four stars

96.43

5300 Angeles Vista Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90043
tel: (800) 352-2290   Web Site
EIN: 95-1977659

Board Leadership
Elworth A. E. (Brent) Williams Jr.
Board Chair

CEO
Miki Jordan
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.43 four stars
  Financial 95.95 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

As of January 2018, Junior Blind is now known as Wayfinder Family Services. Established in 1953 as the Foundation for the Junior Blind, Wayfinder Family Services ensures that children, youth and adults facing challenges always have a place to turn. The organization has a rich history of
responding to the changing needs in the community and reaches more people today than ever before, from those with vision loss or profound special needs to foster youth with serious medical condition and trauma, and their families. Wayfinder provides expert, individualized support and services through early intervention, education, training, recreation, residential treatment, foster care, adoption, mental health, transitional shelter care and youth transition programs. All services are provided free of charge to students.

As of January 2018, Junior Blind is now known as Wayfinder Family Services. Established in 1953 as the Foundation for the Junior Blind, Wayfinder Family Services ensures that children, youth and adults facing challenges always have a place to turn. The organization has a rich history of
responding to the changing needs in the community and reaches more people today than ever before, from those with vision loss or profound special needs to foster youth with serious medical condition and trauma, and their families. Wayfinder provides expert, individualized support and services through early intervention, education, training, recreation, residential treatment, foster care, adoption, mental health, transitional shelter care and youth transition programs. All services are provided free of charge to students.

Financial

four stars

95.95

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.63
  Program Expenses Growth 8.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wayfinder Family Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wayfinder Family Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wayfinder Family Services (CA) 96.43 four stars
National Braille Press (MA) 86.57 three stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94 four stars
JBI International (NY) 88.03 three stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,321,024
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $22,925,054
Total Contributions $29,246,078
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $29,246,078
   Other Revenue $3,449,137
TOTAL REVENUE $32,695,215
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $27,189,745
   Administrative Expenses $3,592,581
   Fundraising Expenses $1,409,416
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $32,191,742
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $503,473
   
Net Assets $48,052,928

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
Group Homes for Children and Adults $4,768,219 17.5%
Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program $3,881,449 14.3%
Foster Care and Adoption $3,842,348 14.1%

Ratings History
Wayfinder Family Services has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 96.43 four stars
2018-06 09/01/2020 93.24 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 92.31 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 97.23 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 97.23 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 97.23 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 97.68 four stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 96.99 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 95.76 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 92.67 four stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 93.24 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 93.29 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 91.01 four stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 85.76 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 84.46 three stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 73.37 two stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 83.57 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 87.86 three stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 91.42 four stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 88.77 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 95-1977659
Name in IRS Master File WAYFINDER FAMILY SERVICES
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 (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(561) Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
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 November, 1954
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$385,504 1.19% Miki Jordan President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wayfinder Family Services (CA) 96.43 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03 three stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94 four stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 89.74 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Wayfinder Family Services
5300 Angeles Vista Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90043
tel: (800) 352-2290
fax: (323) 296-0424
EIN: 95-1977659

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Board Leadership

Elworth A. E. (Brent) Williams Jr.
Board Chair

CEO

Miki Jordan
President & CEO

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