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Heritage for the Blind

Providing free, practical, self-help solutions that can help adults with vision loss

one star

56.15

2182 Flatbush Avenue Second Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11234
tel: (800) 236-6283   Web Site
EIN: 58-2164446

Board Leadership
Israel Bilus
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 56.15 one star
  Financial 47.50 zero star
  Accountability & Transparency 67.00 one star
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Heritage for the Blind provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and vision professionals. Our goal is to provide useful techniques that can help adults cope with vision changes, adapt everyday tasks, keep their jobs, enjoy their hobbies, and retain their independence.

Heritage for the Blind provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and vision professionals. Our goal is to provide useful techniques that can help adults cope with vision changes, adapt everyday tasks, keep their jobs, enjoy their hobbies, and retain their independence.

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Financial

zero star

47.50

Accountability & Transparency

one star

67.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 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)
45.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 42.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.46
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.02
  Program Expenses Growth -17.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 86.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Heritage for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Heritage for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Heritage for the Blind (NY) 56.15 one star
JBI International (NY) 90.24 four stars
Center for Hearing and Communication (NY) 86.20 three stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 91.50 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 86.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,128,983
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,128,983
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,128,983
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $2,128,983
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $859,496
   Administrative Expenses $294,086
   Fundraising Expenses $743,378
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,896,960
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $232,023
   
Net Assets $61,277

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
Eye Health Awareness Campaigns $441,684 51.4%
Clean Air Alternative $355,747 41.4%
Development and Distribution of Visually Impaired Reading Materials $62,065 7.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 04/01/2019 56.15 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 54.81 zero star
2015-12 04/01/2017 61.39 one star
2015-12 02/01/2017 56.15 one star
2014-12 06/01/2016 64.67 one star
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 55.80 one star
2012-12 10/01/2014 55.72 one star
2007-12 06/01/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Friday, June 1, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for Heritage for the Blind on October 1, 2014 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since June 2012) and because the issue that prompted the Donor Advisory has been resolved. Specifically:

  • The New York attorney general's office confirmed the investigation into Heritage for the Blind is now closed.

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • It has been reported that Heritage for the Blind is the subject of an investigation by the New York attorney general concerning the collection and use of money via its car donation program. For further information, please see the attorney general's announcement
 
CN 1.0
2007-12 12/01/2008 49.56 zero star
2006-12 05/01/2008 32.50 zero star
2005-12 03/01/2007 35.00 zero star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 58-2164446
Name in IRS Master File HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND INC
NTEE Code X30
NTEE Classification Jewish
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(29) Other religious activities
(120) Publishing activities
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 May, 1995
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$178,615 9.41% Shrage Toiv Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Heritage for the Blind (NY) 56.15 one star
JBI International (NY) 90.24 four stars
Center for Hearing and Communication (NY) 86.20 three stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.07 four stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 92.09 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Heritage for the Blind
2182 Flatbush Avenue
Second Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11234
tel: (800) 236-6283
EIN: 58-2164446

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Board Leadership

Israel Bilus
President

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