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JBI International

Providing Jewish interest books for the blind and visually impaired

88.03

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

Board Leadership
Susan L. Schlechter & Steven P. Polivy
Co-Chairs of the Board

CEO
Ellen Isler
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.03
  Financial 83.34
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

83.34

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
79.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.21
  Program Expenses Growth -0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.2%
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) 88.03
Leader Dogs for the Blind (MI) 91.70
Blind Children's Center (CA) 89.74
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 90.06
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,985,027
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $27,830
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $11,000
Total Contributions $2,023,857
   Program Service Revenue $2,385
Total Primary Revenue $2,026,242
   Other Revenue $641,813
TOTAL REVENUE $2,668,055
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,750,400
   Administrative Expenses $394,907
   Fundraising Expenses $384,101
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,529,408
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-861,353
   
Net Assets $24,449,333

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 $1,273,100 46.3%
Outreach $875,893 31.8%
Periodicals $304,245 11.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 88.03
2018-12 12/01/2019 89.94
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.24
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.52
2015-12 03/01/2017 97.00
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.46
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.24
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.15
2012-12 04/01/2014 94.20
2012-12 02/01/2014 91.10
2011-12 06/01/2013 89.01
2010-12 12/01/2011 80.74
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.70
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 72.87
2008-12 04/01/2010 85.12
2007-12 02/01/2009 87.21
2006-12 12/15/2007 84.95
2005-12 12/15/2006 88.69
2004-12 02/01/2006 85.49
2003-12 11/01/2004 85.25

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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$414,687 11.74% Ellen Isler President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
JBI International (NY) 88.03
Leader Dogs for the Blind (MI) 91.70
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.97
VisionCorps (PA) 93.34
The Colorado Center for the Blind (CO) 86.19

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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

Susan L. Schlechter & Steven P. Polivy
Co-Chairs of the Board

CEO

Ellen Isler
President, CEO

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