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Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Leading Research... Saving Sight

four stars

94.75

9600 North Central Expressway Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75231
tel: (214) 363-3911   Web Site
EIN: 51-0151514

Board Leadership
Tia Tomlin
Chair

CEO
Karl Csaky, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive and Medical Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.75 four stars
  Financial 97.56 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest (RFSW), founded in 1975, has grown into one of the leading independent vision research centers in the United States, with a staff dedicated to understanding the causes of eye conditions and investigating potential treatments for infants, children and adults. The mission of the Retina Foundation is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment. Our research scientists are on the cutting edge of technology to understand the intricacy of retinal function and conduct studies for pediatric eye conditions, inherited eye diseases, and age-related macular degeneration. The Foundation is currently participating in more than 60 clinical research studies and providing more than 2,000 vision assessments each year completely free of charge.

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest (RFSW), founded in 1975, has grown into one of the leading independent vision research centers in the United States, with a staff dedicated to understanding the causes of eye conditions and investigating potential treatments for infants, children and adults. The mission of the Retina Foundation is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment. Our research scientists are on the cutting edge of technology to understand the intricacy of retinal function and conduct studies for pediatric eye conditions, inherited eye diseases, and age-related macular degeneration. The Foundation is currently participating in more than 60 clinical research studies and providing more than 2,000 vision assessments each year completely free of charge.

Financial

four stars

97.56

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.20
  Program Expenses Growth 7.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Retina Foundation of the Southwest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Retina Foundation of the Southwest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Retina Foundation of the Southwest (TX) 94.75 four stars
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The Hastings Center (NY) 92.78 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,499,318
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $536,512
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,181,436
Total Contributions $5,217,266
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,217,266
   Other Revenue $467,871
TOTAL REVENUE $5,685,137
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,516,565
   Administrative Expenses $619,842
   Fundraising Expenses $344,988
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,481,395
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,203,742
   
Net Assets $20,460,009

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
Research $3,516,565 100.0%

Ratings History
Retina Foundation of the Southwest has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 03/01/2021 94.75 four stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 94.85 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 92.86 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 92.62 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.87 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 94.43 four stars
2014-12 10/01/2016 96.64 four stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 95.61 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.02 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 94.61 four stars
2013-12 12/01/2014 91.13 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 91.51 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 89.71 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 94.22 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.17 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 95.66 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 91.40 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 89.12 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 51-0151514
Name in IRS Master File RETINA FOUNDATION OF THE SOUTHWEST
NTEE Code H41
NTEE Classification Eye Research
NTEE Type Medical Research
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(162) Other medical research
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 December, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$171,976 3.83% Jean Buys Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$251,468 5.61% Eileen Birch Pediatric Lab Director
$251,077 5.60% David Birch Scientific Director
$242,431 5.40% Karl Csaky Chief Medical & Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Retina Foundation of the Southwest (TX) 94.75 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Retina Foundation of the Southwest
9600 North Central Expressway
Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75231
tel: (214) 363-3911
fax: (214) 363-4538
EIN: 51-0151514

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Board Leadership

Tia Tomlin
Chair

CEO

Karl Csaky, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive and Medical Officer

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