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National Federation of the Blind

CharityWatch report issued
December 2017

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
81%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$17
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells St
Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Other Names

Blind Federation of America
NFB

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.nfb.org

Stated Mission

Integrating the blind into society on the basis of equality.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 81%

The percentage of National Federation of the Blind's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$18,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $17

How many dollars National Federation of the Blind spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$17,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

National Federation of the Blind's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
88% $9
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Federation of the Blind IRS Form 990 02-0259978
National Federation of the Blind Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: National Federation of the Blind
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 02-0259978
Entity: National Federation of the Blind
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
National Federation of the Blind
meets governance benchmarks.
 
National Federation of the Blind
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 John G. Pare Executive Director of Advocacy & Policy $135,198
2 John Berggren Executive Director for Operations $131,378
3 Patricia Maurer Director of Community Relations $126,188
1
Name: John G. Pare
Title: Executive Director of Advocacy & Policy
Compensation: $135,198
2
Name: John Berggren
Title: Executive Director for Operations
Compensation: $131,378
3
Name: Patricia Maurer
Title: Director of Community Relations
Compensation: $126,188

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the National Federation of the Blind consolidated audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 1, Donated Services and Media), the Federation reports receiving in-kind donated volunteer services and donated media in 2016 on which it placed a value of approximately $3,024,000 and $1,338,000, respectively, for a total value of approximately $4,362,000.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the National Federation of the Blind consolidated audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 6, Alternative Investments):

"The Federation makes program-related investments to further its purpose of integrating the blind into society on the basis of equality. Such investments are made primarily to accomplish the Federation's program purpose rather than to produce income..."

"The Federation has invested $125,000 in E.A.S.Y., LLC (EASY), to develop and market products to enhance the technologies for freehand tactile graphics. ...The Federation has a twenty percent (20%) interest and has the ability to exert significant influence..."

"The Federation has invested $260,000 in Transforming Braille Group, LLC (TBG), to support and encourage the development of lower cost Braille devices, tools, and equipment. ...The Federation has a twenty-one percent (21%) interest and has the ability to exert significant influence..."

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