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LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Independence for people who are blind or visually impaired

four stars

94.94

1155 Market Street Tenth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: (415) 431-1481   Web Site
EIN: 94-1415317

Board Leadership
Sharon Sacks
President

CEO
Bryan Bashin
Executive Director, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.94 four stars
  Financial 92.85 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the largest agency providing direct service, advocacy and information to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. LightHouse for the Blind's mission is to promote the equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or visually impaired through rehabilitation training, employment placement, Enchanted Hills Camp and other relevant services. Since 1902, our classes, community engagements, and advocacy have enabled blind people to live independent and richly rewarding lives across the United States. We own and operate Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, located in Napa, California, which reaches the blind world wide.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the largest agency providing direct service, advocacy and information to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. LightHouse for the Blind's mission is to promote the equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or visually impaired through rehabilitation training, employment placement, Enchanted Hills Camp and other relevant services. Since 1902, our classes, community engagements, and advocacy have enabled blind people to live independent and richly rewarding lives across the United States. We own and operate Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, located in Napa, California, which reaches the blind world wide.

Financial

four stars

92.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.64
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board, Our funders
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94 four stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48 three stars
VisionCorps (PA) 93.34 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars
National Braille Press (MA) 86.57 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,777,296
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $197,708
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,837,341
Total Contributions $3,812,345
   Program Service Revenue $1,491,684
Total Primary Revenue $5,304,029
   Other Revenue $12,866,002
TOTAL REVENUE $18,170,031
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,723,959
   Administrative Expenses $2,485,568
   Fundraising Expenses $1,075,502
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,285,029
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,885,002
   
Net Assets $156,577,942

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 Services and Blindness Skills $4,962,148 46.3%
Community and Information Services $3,842,374 35.8%
LightHouse Industries Sirkin Center $1,919,437 17.9%

Ratings History
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 94.94 four stars
2018-09 12/20/2019 93.57 four stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 95.17 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 93.24 four stars
2015-09 06/01/2017 93.97 four stars
2015-09 12/01/2016 93.34 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 88.69 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 90.70 four stars
2013-09 06/01/2015 88.17 three stars
2013-09 02/01/2015 86.68 three stars
2012-09 12/01/2013 86.66 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 80.15 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 79.39 two 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 94-1415317
Name in IRS Master File LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
NTEE Code P86
NTEE Classification Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
(319) Other social activities
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 May, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$208,449 1.45% Bryan Bashin CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06 four stars
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44 four stars
Blind Children's Center (CA) 89.74 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1155 Market Street
Tenth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: (415) 431-1481
fax: (415) 863-7568
TTY: (415) 431-4572
EIN: 94-1415317

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Board Leadership

Sharon Sacks
President

CEO

Bryan Bashin
Executive Director, CEO

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