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American Printing House For The Blind

An accessible world, with opportunity for everyone.

83.13

1839 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, KY 40206
tel: (502) 895-2405   Web Site
EIN: 61-0444640

Board Leadership
Phoebe Wood
Chair

CEO
Craig Meador
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.13
  Financial 76.34
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) promotes independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by providing specialized materials, products, programs, and services needed for education and life. APH manufactures textbooks and other educational publications for students who are visually impaired. APH also provides publications useful to adults, such as our Getting Started Guide for Older Adults New to Vision Loss. In addition, APH creates recorded books on a contract basis. APH develops and manufactures hundreds of products, tools, and supplies that support students and adults who are visually impaired and increase their independence. Online programs include APH ConnectCenter (VisionAware, FamilyConnect, CareerConnect) and the Virtual ExCEL Academy. Our mission: APH empowers people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials, and services for lifelong success.

Founded in 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) promotes independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by providing specialized materials, products, programs, and services needed for education and life. APH manufactures textbooks and other educational publications for students who are visually impaired. APH also provides publications useful to adults, such as our Getting Started Guide for Older Adults New to Vision Loss. In addition, APH creates recorded books on a contract basis. APH develops and manufactures hundreds of products, tools, and supplies that support students and adults who are visually impaired and increase their independence. Online programs include APH ConnectCenter (VisionAware, FamilyConnect, CareerConnect) and the Virtual ExCEL Academy. Our mission: APH empowers people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials, and services for lifelong success.

Financial

76.34

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

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)
65.0%
  Administrative Expenses 31.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.88
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Printing House For The Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Printing House For The Blind on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Printing House For The Blind (KY) 83.13
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.03
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 88.94
Anchor Center for Blind Children (CO) 90.06
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OR) 93.97

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,426,875
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $8,300,947
Total Contributions $9,727,822
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $9,727,822
   Other Revenue $15,794,721
TOTAL REVENUE $25,522,543
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,750,990
   Administrative Expenses $6,601,211
   Fundraising Expenses $519,302
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $20,871,503
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,651,040
   
Net Assets $139,809,564

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
Production of Products and Services $13,117,075 95.4%
Resource Hub $382,397 2.8%
Production and Distribution of Braille Literature $251,518 1.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 05/01/2021 83.13
2019-09 11/01/2020 82.55
2018-09 07/01/2019 84.93
2017-09 08/01/2018 84.71
2016-09 11/01/2017 86.42
2015-09 11/01/2016 86.24
2014-09 07/01/2016 82.38
2014-09 06/01/2016 82.28
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 08/01/2015 85.31
2013-09 10/01/2014 78.38
2012-09 05/01/2013 82.21
2011-09 08/01/2012 81.04
2010-09 09/20/2011 79.89
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 79.69
2008-09 09/01/2009 85.80
2007-09 03/01/2009 75.89
2006-09 06/01/2007 84.07
2005-09 09/01/2006 74.91
2004-09 06/01/2005 79.55
2003-09 01/05/2005 85.33

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

EIN 61-0444640
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC
NTEE Code A33
NTEE Classification Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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, 1935
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$247,470 1.18% Craig Meador President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Printing House For The Blind (KY) 83.13
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44
Leader Dogs for the Blind (MI) 91.70
VisionCorps (PA) 93.34
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 96.83

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Charity Contact Info

American Printing House For The Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
tel: (502) 895-2405
fax: (502) 899-2284
EIN: 61-0444640

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Board Leadership

Phoebe Wood
Chair

CEO

Craig Meador
President

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