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Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Serving Philadelphia's and the nation's blind and visually impaired population since 1874

two stars

77.58

919 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
tel: (267) 551-0561   Web Site
EIN: 23-1370508

Board Leadership
Thomas Teesdale
Board Chairman

CEO
Karla S. McCaney
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.58 two stars
  Financial 72.07 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) started as the Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men in 1874 and now more than 125 years later, it is the largest nonprofit organization serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired in the Delaware Valley, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware. ASB promotes self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB accomplishes this by providing support through education, training and resources, as well as through community action and public education, serving as a voice and advocate for the rights of all people who are blind or visually impaired.

The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) started as the Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men in 1874 and now more than 125 years later, it is the largest nonprofit organization serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired in the Delaware Valley, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware. ASB promotes self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB accomplishes this by providing support through education, training and resources, as well as through community action and public education, serving as a voice and advocate for the rights of all people who are blind or visually impaired.

Financial

two stars

72.07

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

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)
66.0%
  Administrative Expenses 26.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.31
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.87
  Program Expenses Growth -4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (PA) 77.58 two stars
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CA) 94.94 four stars
The Chicago Lighthouse (IL) 92.06 four stars
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FL) 100.00 four stars
National Federation of the Blind (MD) 90.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $379,000
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $35,172
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $349,110
Total Contributions $763,282
   Program Service Revenue $1,257,586
Total Primary Revenue $2,020,868
   Other Revenue $1,485,497
TOTAL REVENUE $3,506,365
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,208,415
   Administrative Expenses $899,578
   Fundraising Expenses $213,433
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,321,426
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $184,939
   
Net Assets $31,347,703

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 and Custom Braille Materials $1,307,919 59.2%
Human Services Improvement $578,855 26.2%
Specialized Social Services $321,641 14.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 03/01/2021 77.58 two stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 77.89 two stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 78.35 two stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 80.05 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 78.33 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.46 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 74.33 two stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 76.65 two stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 80.70 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 86.26 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 80.40 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 73.29 two stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 74.98 two stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 75.87 two stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 88.05 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 95.49 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 94.16 four stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 93.24 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 23-1370508
Name in IRS Master File ASSOCIATED SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
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)
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, 1947
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$180,000 5.41% Karla S. McCaney President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (PA) 77.58 two stars
National Braille Press (MA) 86.57 three stars
Starkey Hearing Foundation (MN) 89.48 three stars
INSIGHT (RI) 94.44 four stars
Penrickton Center for Blind Children (MI) 85.93 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
tel: (267) 551-0561
fax: (215) 922-0692
EIN: 23-1370508

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Board Leadership

Thomas Teesdale
Board Chairman

CEO

Karla S. McCaney
President & CEO

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