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Prevent Blindness

CharityWatch report issued
November 2018

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
80%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$17
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Prevent Blindness
225 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606

Other Names

National Society to Prevent Blindness

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To prevent blindness & preserve sight across all ages & multiple eye conditions; focuses on educating the public; promoting advances in public health systems of care; and advocating for public policy that emphasizes early detection & access to appropriate eye care.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2017

Program Percentage: 80%

The percentage of Prevent Blindness's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$11,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $17

How many dollars Prevent Blindness spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$5,600,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Prevent Blindness Georgia IRS Form 990 58-6050305
Prevent Blindness Iowa IRS Form 990 42-6083207
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin IRS Form 990 39-6096227
Prevent Blindness Texas IRS Form 990 74-6075105
Prevent Blindness Northern California IRS Form 990 94-6139663
Prevent Blindness, North Carolina Affiliate IRS Form 990 56-6088141
Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate IRS Form 990 31-6063433
National Society to Prevent Blindness & Affiliates Audited Combined Financial Statements Multiple
National Society to Prevent Blindness IRS Form 990 36-3667121
Entity: Prevent Blindness Georgia
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 58-6050305
Entity: Prevent Blindness Iowa
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 42-6083207
Entity: Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 39-6096227
Entity: Prevent Blindness Texas
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 74-6075105
Entity: Prevent Blindness Northern California
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 94-6139663
Entity: Prevent Blindness, North Carolina Affiliate
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 56-6088141
Entity: Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 31-6063433
Entity: National Society to Prevent Blindness & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Combined Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: National Society to Prevent Blindness
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3667121

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?
 
Prevent Blindness
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Prevent Blindness
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 Hugh R. Parry President/CEO $261,077
2 Jeffrey P. Todd COO $183,201
3 Kathy Nelson VP Field Relations $144,639
1
Name: Hugh R. Parry
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $261,077
2
Name: Jeffrey P. Todd
Title: COO
Compensation: $183,201
3
Name: Kathy Nelson
Title: VP Field Relations
Compensation: $144,639

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.
CharityWatch's rating of Prevent Blindness for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 includes the financial activities of the National Society to Prevent Blindness (d/b/a Prevent Blindness), as well as the financial activities of the following Prevent Blindness Affiliates: (1) Prevent Blindness North Carolina; (2) Prevent Blindness Iowa; (3) Northern California Society to Prevent Blindness; (4) Prevent Blindness Wisconsin; (5) Prevent Blindness Texas; (6) Prevent Blindness Georgia; and (7) Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate. Intercompany transactions have been eliminated in the audit combination.

"The Affiliates share a portion of their public support with Prevent Blindness in accordance with their affiliation agreements and are controlled by their local Boards of Directors," according to Note 1 of the Prevent Blindness & Affiliates fiscal 2017 combined audit.


According to Note 2 of the Prevent Blindness & Affiliates combined audit of March 31, 2017:

"In May 2016 and August 2016, Prevent Blindness Florida and Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, respectively, terminated their affiliation agreements with the National Society to Prevent Blindness. The financial information from these two affiliates has been excluded from the accompanying [audited] combined financial statements... For financial statement presentation purposes, Prevent Blindness excludes from combination any affiliates disaffiliating during the period presented in the combined financial statements or disaffiliating subsequent to the period presented but prior to issuance of the related combined financial statements."
According to the Prevent Blindness Iowa (PB Iowa) tax filing for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, PB Iowa reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons that its board president is "employed by bank we use," and two of its board directors are "employed by 403b administer." The dollar amount associated with each of the transactions is reported as $0 (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part IV).
According to the Prevent Blindness Northern California (PB California) tax filing for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, PB California received donated eye glasses and lenses for glasses on which it placed a total value of $76,410 in fiscal 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

In addition, according to the Prevent Blindness & Affiliates audited Combined Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended March 31, 2017, Prevent Blindness received donated equipment on which it placed a total value of $14,000.

[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.]

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