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Human Services : Social Services

Heritage for the Blind

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

63.61

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

Board Leadership
Israel Bilus
President

CEO
Shrage Toiv
Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 63.61
  Financial 57.50
  Accountability & Transparency 71.00
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

57.50

Accountability & Transparency

71.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
38.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 48.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.47
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.02
  Program Expenses Growth 16.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 81.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Heritage for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
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) 63.61
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 90.06
Keren Or (NY) 90.74
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 88.94
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,553,198
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,553,198
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,553,198
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $3,553,198
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $1,384,021
   Administrative Expenses $466,878
   Fundraising Expenses $1,759,965
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,610,864
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-57,666
   
Net Assets $79,747

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
Clean Air Initiative $878,024 46.3%
Eye Health Awareness Campaigns $848,890 44.8%
Online Tool $168,890 8.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 63.61
2018-12 11/01/2019 56.15
2017-12 04/01/2019 56.15
2016-12 06/01/2018 54.81
2015-12 04/01/2017 61.39
2015-12 02/01/2017 56.15
2014-12 06/01/2016 64.67
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 55.80
2012-12 10/01/2014 55.72
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
2006-12 05/01/2008 32.50
2005-12 03/01/2007 35.00

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$198,000 5.48% Shrage Toiv Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Heritage for the Blind (NY) 63.61
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.83
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 85.93
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94

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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

CEO

Shrage Toiv
Director

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