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The Carroll Center for the Blind

Serving all ages and all stages of vision loss.

three stars

80.99

770 Centre Street Newton, MA 02458
tel: (617) 969-6200   Web Site
EIN: 04-2106173

Board Leadership
Carol A. Covell
Chair, Board of Directors

CEO
Gregory J. Donnelly
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.99 three stars
  Financial 75.47 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Carroll Center for the Blind serves the needs of blind and visually-impaired persons by providing rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually-impaired. Established in 1936, the Center has pioneered innovative methods for blind persons to gain independence in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. New and evolving technologies, combined with time-tested adaptive methods, individualized instruction, and personalized therapies developed by the Carroll Center staff, have provided thousands of blind and vision impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.

The Carroll Center for the Blind serves the needs of blind and visually-impaired persons by providing rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually-impaired. Established in 1936, the Center has pioneered innovative methods for blind persons to gain independence in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. New and evolving technologies, combined with time-tested adaptive methods, individualized instruction, and personalized therapies developed by the Carroll Center staff, have provided thousands of blind and vision impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.

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Financial

two stars

75.47

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
77.9%
  Administrative Expenses 15.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.28
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.96
  Program Expenses Growth -3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Carroll Center for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Carroll Center for the Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Carroll Center for the Blind (MA) 80.99 three stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 91.07 four stars
Cleveland Sight Center (OH) 94.07 four stars
Leader Dogs for the Blind (MI) 91.40 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 86.11 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,616,623
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,616,623
   Program Service Revenue $4,720,351
Total Primary Revenue $6,336,974
   Other Revenue $248,373
TOTAL REVENUE $6,585,347
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,025,640
   Administrative Expenses $1,173,201
   Fundraising Expenses $468,262
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,667,103
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-81,756
   
Net Assets $7,163,156

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
Rehabilitation Training Programs $2,342,570 46.6%
Educational Service Programs $1,178,100 23.4%
Massachusetts Instructional Materials Library $650,948 13.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 80.99 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 86.65 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 86.48 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 89.22 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 93.33 four stars
2014-06 07/01/2016 89.15 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 87.76 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 90.42 four stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 90.53 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 88.20 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 77.43 two stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 79.78 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 80.87 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 72.88 two stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 89.32 three stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 75.37 two stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 91.59 four 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 04-2106173
Name in IRS Master File CARROLL CENTER FOR THE BLIND 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 (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 June, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$242,946 3.64% Gregory J. Donnelly President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$29,750 0.44% Philip Johnston Board Member

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Carroll Center for the Blind (MA) 80.99 three stars
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 95.01 four stars
Helen Keller Services (NY) 87.89 three stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 95.17 four stars
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.58 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Carroll Center for the Blind
770 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458
tel: (617) 969-6200
fax: (617) 969-6204
EIN: 04-2106173

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Board Leadership

Carol A. Covell
Chair, Board of Directors

CEO

Gregory J. Donnelly
President and CEO

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