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JBI International

Providing Jewish interest books for the blind and visually impaired

four stars

90.24

110 East 30th Street New York, NY 10016
tel: (800) 433-1531   Web Site
EIN: 13-1683279

Board Leadership
Judy E. Tenney & Steven Polivy
Co-Chairmen of the Board

CEO
Ellen Isler
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.24 four stars
  Financial 86.54 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

JBI International was established in 1931 as the Jewish Braille Institute specifically to provide Hebrew and Yiddish language materials for the blind. Today, The JBI Library offers its readers a collection ranging from mystery novels to cookbooks to timely topics such as the production of biological weapons. It also includes a broad spectrum of biography, history, Holocaust studies, short stories, psychology and self-help, memoirs, humor and more. The JBI Library contains the largest collection of Jewish interest books (very broadly defined) for the blind and visually impaired in the world and is the only resource of its kind. JBI's unique programs enrich the lives of 35,000 individuals in the United States, Israel and around the world.

JBI International was established in 1931 as the Jewish Braille Institute specifically to provide Hebrew and Yiddish language materials for the blind. Today, The JBI Library offers its readers a collection ranging from mystery novels to cookbooks to timely topics such as the production of biological weapons. It also includes a broad spectrum of biography, history, Holocaust studies, short stories, psychology and self-help, memoirs, humor and more. The JBI Library contains the largest collection of Jewish interest books (very broadly defined) for the blind and visually impaired in the world and is the only resource of its kind. JBI's unique programs enrich the lives of 35,000 individuals in the United States, Israel and around the world.

Financial

three stars

86.54

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.45
  Program Expenses Growth 0.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by JBI International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by JBI International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
JBI International (NY) 90.24 four stars
VisionCorps (PA) 93.49 four stars
Helen Keller Services (NY) 87.89 three stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 94.26 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.07 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,447,501
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $94,506
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $12,500
Total Contributions $5,554,507
   Program Service Revenue $3,560
Total Primary Revenue $5,558,067
   Other Revenue $629,144
TOTAL REVENUE $6,187,211
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,849,092
   Administrative Expenses $323,430
   Fundraising Expenses $372,745
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,545,267
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,641,944
   
Net Assets $23,075,900

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
Libraries $1,400,533 49.2%
Outreach $891,957 31.3%
Periodicals $284,669 10.0%

Ratings History
JBI International has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.24 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.52 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 97.00 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.46 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.24 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.15 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 94.20 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 91.10 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 89.01 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 80.74 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.70 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 72.87 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 85.12 three stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 87.21 three stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 84.95 three stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 88.69 three stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 85.49 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 85.25 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 13-1683279
Name in IRS Master File JBI INTERNATIONAL INC
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 (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(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 January, 1936
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

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$354,453 9.99% Ellen Isler President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
JBI International (NY) 90.24 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.07 four stars
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.11 three stars
Happy Hands Education Center (OK) 90.98 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 86.43 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

JBI International
110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
tel: (800) 433-1531
fax: (212) 689-3692
EIN: 13-1683279

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Board Leadership

Judy E. Tenney & Steven Polivy
Co-Chairmen of the Board

CEO

Ellen Isler
President, CEO

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