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National Braille Press

Promoting children's literacy and braille books and materials for blind and low vision children and adults

two stars

79.76

88 Saint Stephen Street Boston, MA 02115
tel: (888) 965-8965   Web Site
EIN: 04-2104740

Board Leadership
Nicholas Racheotes
Chair

CEO
Brian A. Mac Donald
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.76 two stars
  Financial 71.38 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

National Braille Press (NBP) was founded in 1927 to provide a newspaper to blind individuals - who at that time - were dependent on family and friends to tell them about the events of the world. NBP's dedication to providing tools and resources to empower blind and visually impaired to actively engage in the world around them still continues.

Today, NBP not only provides Syndicated Columnists Weekly - a 36-page braille edition that contains some of the best editorials of the week from prestigious papers such as The Washington Post, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune, we also provide braille books for children, braille cookbooks for adults, and braille computer and smartphone manuals, text books, and standardized test materials for blind and visually impaired students. We even provide braille airline safety guides and braille Starbuck's menus.

We are proud to report that our work today impacts the lives of over 15,000 blind and low vision individuals each year.

National Braille Press (NBP) was founded in 1927 to provide a newspaper to blind individuals - who at that time - were dependent on family and friends to tell them about the events of the world. NBP's dedication to providing tools and resources to empower blind and visually impaired to actively engage in the world around them still continues.

Today, NBP not only provides Syndicated Columnists Weekly - a 36-page braille edition that contains some of the best editorials of the week from prestigious papers such as The Washington Post, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune, we also provide braille books for children, braille cookbooks for adults, and braille computer and smartphone manuals, text books, and standardized test materials for blind and visually impaired students. We even provide braille airline safety guides and braille Starbuck's menus.

We are proud to report that our work today impacts the lives of over 15,000 blind and low vision individuals each year.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2017
Number of braille books distributed to blind and visually impaired children and their families
24,323
Number of blind and visually impaired children and their families introduced to braille language instruction
2,692
Number of free ReadBooks! program bags distributed to blind and visually impaired children
1,346
Number of teachers/educators who partner with National Braille Press to implement the program
141
Number of braille pages produced and distributed
7,000,000
Number of tactile graphics produced and distributed to blind and visually impaired children and educators
129,072
Number of braille textbooks produced and distributed to blind and visually impaired children
91,787
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

71.38

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
71.2%
  Administrative Expenses 18.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.43
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.68
  Program Expenses Growth 0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Braille Press on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Braille Press on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Braille Press (MA) 79.76 two stars
VisionCorps (PA) 93.49 four stars
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 95.01 four stars
The Colorado Center for the Blind (CO) 89.31 three stars
Braille Institute of America (CA) 87.01 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $785,281
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $193,221
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $978,502
   Program Service Revenue $3,177,039
Total Primary Revenue $4,155,541
   Other Revenue $376,720
TOTAL REVENUE $4,532,261
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,929,004
   Administrative Expenses $717,658
   Fundraising Expenses $409,192
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,055,854
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $476,407
   
Net Assets $6,752,937

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
Publications and Books in Braille $2,254,496 77.0%
Tests and Textbooks $242,285 8.3%
Promoting Literacy $74,797 2.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 02/01/2019 79.76 two stars
2017-03 03/01/2018 81.94 three stars
2016-03 10/01/2017 79.29 two stars
2016-03 04/01/2017 78.72 two stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 80.65 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 02/01/2016 79.95 two stars
2014-03 09/01/2015 73.13 two stars
2013-03 06/01/2014 83.46 three stars
2012-03 06/01/2013 83.23 three stars
2011-03 03/01/2012 80.54 three stars
2011-03 02/01/2012 79.53 two stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 71.80 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 05/01/2011 61.67 one star
2009-03 06/01/2010 63.77 one star
2008-03 05/01/2009 86.08 three stars
2007-03 04/01/2008 80.59 three stars
2006-03 12/15/2006 81.99 three stars
2005-03 02/01/2006 79.46 two stars
2004-03 09/01/2005 92.74 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 04-2104740
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL BRAILLE PRESS 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 (31) Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc
(575) Services for the aged (see also 153 ad 382)
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 March, 1937
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$167,850 4.13% Brian Mac Donald President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Braille Press (MA) 79.76 two stars
Leader Dogs for the Blind (MI) 91.40 four stars
Helen Keller Services (NY) 87.89 three stars
Lighthouse of Broward County (FL) 95.01 four stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 92.09 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Braille Press
88 Saint Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
tel: (888) 965-8965
fax: (617) 437-0456
EIN: 04-2104740

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Board Leadership

Nicholas Racheotes
Chair

CEO

Brian A. Mac Donald
President

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