American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York NY 10121-1100
Contact Information
Address 2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121-1100
Telephone (212) 502-7600 x
Fax 646-478-9555
E-mail afbinfo@afb.net
Web and Social Media
Helen Keller Archives and Gallery at AFB New York headquarters
Mission
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1921
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Kirk Adams
Board Chair Larry Kimbler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Senior Executive, Staubach Company
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $9,127,400.00
Projected Expenses $10,892,607.00
Statements
Mission The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.
Background

Founded in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind has worked for nearly a century to provide people who are blind or visually impaired with access to the information, technology, education, policies, and resources they need to live healthy, independent, and productive lives. From our earliest days, we have amplified the voices of people with vision loss, and opened up opportunities for them to advance and thrive at home, in the classroom, and in the workplace. Counting Helen Keller among our earliest champions, AFB has played a transformative role leading efforts to standardize braille, publish seminal publications and directories (AFB Press), and make technology more accessible to people with vision loss.

AFB milestones include the successful Talking Books project, as well as the design and manufacture of numerous assistive technology products, such as braille writers, magnifiers, and audio blood pressure monitors. Most recently, AFB’s technology team developed AccessNote™a handy note-taking app for smart phones.

AFB works to ensure that all technology—especially digital technology—is accessible to everyone, whether blind, low-vision, or sighted. We continue to be the go-to resource center for people with vision loss, their families, and the professionals who serve them. We promote the latest news and information about technological innovation in our free online technology magazine Access World, now available also as a digital app.

Our public policy office aims to ensure that the rights and needs of people with visual and other disabilities are taken into account in legislative and reform initiatives. Recent breakthroughs include legislation to make prescription drug labels more accessible and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act that requires major broadcast and cable networks to provide a certain amount of prime time and children’s programming with audio descriptions for viewers with vision loss.

AFB builds community and offers a suite of award-winning websites: VisionAware™, FamilyConnect®, and CareerConnect® that connect people with vision loss, their families, and the professionals who serve them with the learning tools, tips, expert advice, mentors, and critical information they need to thrive.

 
Impact

Most recently:

1) AFB’s Policy Center in Washington D.C. raised awareness in Congress about the draft Cogswell Macy Act to help ensure quality education for K-12 students with visual or hearing impairments.

2) AFB Tech experts released an Android version of our note-taking app: AccessNote, and assessed the accessibility of a wide range of consumer products, including websites and customer services. We also launched two new apps: one for CareerConnect, our program for job seekers with vision loss and VisionConnect with resources and links to experts and directories for people new to vision loss and their families. 

3) AFB’s on-line resource centers: FamilyConnect for families and children with vision loss; CareerConnect for teen and adult job seekers; and VisionAware for seniors and people new to vision loss, posted critical information with significant increases in traffic.

Currently, AFB plans to expand its programs by:
 
1) posting e-Learning and new content for vision loss professionals, people newly affected by vision loss, their families and caregivers.
 
2) working with regulators, manufacturers, and product designers to take into account accessibility and the needs of people with vision loss and ensure that customer services, HR practices, and policies are inclusive.
 
3) updating some of AFB’s seminal learning materials and offering new content in areas such as multiple disabilities and Cortical Visual Impairment. It will also produce special editions of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, the journal of record in the rehabilitation field.
 
4) AFB’s Dallas-based Center on Vision Loss will continue to offer comprehensive displays of home and office adaptations for people with vision loss. It plans to expand outreach both in-person and online to ensure that its information and daily living strategies reach the broadest audience possible.
 
5) The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded AFB a large grant to help digitize AFB's historic Helen Keller Archives, a collection of more than 80,000 documents and personal artifacts bequeathed to AFB by Helen Keller who worked at AFB for over 40 years.
Needs


AFB requires year-round support from individuals and institutional donors to ensure the sustainability of its programs.

 

1) Expanding Vision Aware: $125K would fund a new section on diabetes-related vision loss.

2) Developing new AFB Press content: $75K would support a new edition of a major seminal textbook.

3) Working with regulators, manufacturers, and businesses: $40K would produce a one-year campaign to promote the Cogswell-Macy Act; $25K would cover briefings about key issues such as technology accessibility and aging and vision loss with legislative staff.

4) supporting AFB’s Dallas-based Center on Vision Loss: $25K would help produce marketing materials for a year-long outreach campaign to raise awareness about the work of the Center.

5)  $75K would offset consultant fees for our national TechLearn project, an ambitious program that seeks to increase the technology literacy of people with vision loss and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.

CEO Statement

‘The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.’

Our mission statement is who we are. And it is our belief that its clarity of purpose grounds each of us as we seek greater independence and quality of life for people with vision loss. The ideals embedded in our mission statement – access, opportunity, creative and practical solutions – have guided our work from the beginning.

At AFB, we are most focused on opportunities to meet the critical needs of individuals and families affected by vision loss.

Without a doubt, these needs are considerable and growing as the U.S. population ages. And each day demands new skills and command of new technologies if we are to live fully, actively, and pursue our dreams.

Fortunately, AFB is there to ensure that access keeps pace with progress.

We remove barriers by being an effective voice on Capitol Hill. In 2015, we helped promote the Cogswell Macy Act drafted by our policy experts that will give schoolchildren with vision or hearing loss a real chance at quality education.

We create solutions through both research and outreach. AFB Tech research has made many of the most popular mobile devices – the iPad and iPhone among them – accessible. Now the Tech team has developed an Android version of our note-taking app AccessNote. AccessWorld, our online technology magazine is now also available as a smartphone app. CareerConnect for job seekers with vision loss is now also available in app format.

In ways large and small, AFB expands possibilities. From daily updates on our FamilyConnect website that give hope and help to families of young children, to VisionAware's Getting Started Kit that offers daily living tips to ensure that older Americans, and others who might be newly experiencing vision loss, can continue to lead active lives.

Through our efforts, we strive to hasten the arrival of the day when independence and accessibility are the norm and the perception of vision loss as a hindrance on human potential is but a memory. We are closer than we’ve ever been to achieving that goal, and each day brings us closer still.

That’s more than simply what we believe, it is who we are.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Disabled Persons' Rights
Tertiary Organization Category Science & Technology / Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
AFB serves the more than 21 million Americans living with visual impairment across the United States and many millions more across the globe.
Programs
Description

 AFB Public Policy/Consulting – AFB’s Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. works closely with legislators, regulators, and businesses to ensure that laws, policies, and consumer products and services take into account the needs of people with vision loss. Recent victories include passage of the 21stCentury Communications and Video Accessibility Act as well as reforms on prescription drug labeling. AFB Consultants work side by side with businesses to ensure that consumer products and customer services are universally accessible.

Population Served US / Other Health/Disability / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
AFB's Public Policy Center is actively seeking sponsors for the Anne Sullivan Macy Act and the creation of a national Anne Sullivan Macy research center.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
This program aims to level the playing field for people with vision loss. One of its recent initiatives, the drafting of the Anne Sullivan Macy Act, has as a primary goal the improved tracking of educational and employment data on people with vision loss so that progress can be measured more accurately.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We measure numbers of legislators and legislative staff reached as well as outreach numbers with businesses and regulators.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Recent successes include the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act as well as new regulations on accessible prescription drug labeling. With only three full-time staff members, the center is very proud of its record of achievements and continued leadership role with new legislative initiatives.
Description AFB Tech in Huntington, WV plays a leadership role nationally and globally in assessing products and services and making our world more accessible, from improved voting machines and websites, to applications for smartphones and tablets. Our tech experts also evaluate consumer products and develop smartphone apps for iOS and Android. We share our product assessments and the latest news through AccessWorld, AFB’s free online technology magazine, also available as an App.
Population Served Adults / Elderly and/or Disabled / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short-term success is measured by numbers of downloads of our newly developed apps, visits to our website, and successful projects completed with businesses.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
AFB Tech's long-term success will be measured in terms of the changes it is able to effect in the accessibility of consumer goods and services to people with vision loss.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Technology lab reports year-round to AFB's Vice President of Programs and Policy as well as quarterly to the Board of Trustees. Project evaluations and updates take place on  a regular basis
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
AFB Tech recently rolled out four updated or newly developed smartphone apps: AccessNote 2.0 and AccessNote for Android as well as the CareerConnect app and VisionConnect for people newly diagnosed with vision loss.
Description

AFB's Family of Websites – FamilyConnect provides vital information, coping strategies, and links to services to parents and caregivers of young children with vision loss. CareerConnect provides job seekers with vision loss with information, support, and links to mentors. VisionAware offers seniors and people new to vision loss basic information about eye conditions, tip sheets, and inspirational stories that restore hope.

Population Served Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Each website has its own short-, medium- and long-term goals. Since they are web-based, it is easy to measure their impact in terms of variations in visitor traffic.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The success of all of AFB's web-based programs is assessed based on numbers of online visitors and the quantity and quality of interactions with invited experts and bloggers. All of AFB's online resource centers conduct user surveys at least once per year and the content in all the sites is regularly updated and expanded.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Surveys, user feedback, and web traffic numbers provide constructive information about which pages or sections are most useful and why.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
FamilyConnect has registered steadily increasing web traffic numbers as well as quantitative and qualitative improvement in content. CareerConnect has recently overhauled its site to make it more user friendly and has conducted workshops across the country. Feedback from workshop participants is also helping shape curriculum development and improved features on the site, such as the soon-to-be launched social media section. VisionAware recently launched a Getting Started Kit and enjoys steady growth in traffic.
Description

One of the world’s leading publishers in the blindness field, AFB Press produces some of the fundamental texts and learning materials for orientation and mobility experts as well as rehabilitation professionals. From its Foundations of Education series to innovative eLearning webinars to classroom guides for special education providers, AFB Press prepares professionals so they can help students with vision loss adapt and thrive. AFB Press also publishes the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, the international peer-reviewed journal of record in the field.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short-term success is measured by numbers of publications distributed or downloaded. AFB Press also conducts e-Learning seminars and courses for professionals in the field that offer continuing education credit.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
AFB Press has been around longer that its parent organization and is the world's pre-eminent publisher of fundamental texts for professionals who work with people with vision loss. In the past decade it diversified the formatting of its learning materials for an increasingly digital and global audience.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
AFB uses distribution and sales numbers to track success. It also conducts surveys to assess consumer satisfaction and improve its products. AFB Press staff and writers attend many of the leading conferences on vision loss to keep up with the latest developments and trends in the field.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
AFB Press has diversified, not only the formatting of its products into digitally accessible ones, but also the types of products it is producing. In 2016, it increased the number of topics covered with new publications on braille literacy and teaching children with vision loss and multiple disabilities.
Description

When Helen Keller died, she left much of her personal papers and memorabilia to her former employer AFB. The Helen Keller Archives and Gallery currently steward and showcase this historic collection of more than 80,000 items including correspondence with presidents and world leaders. Recently, AFB secured a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help digitize the archives and make them accessible to a global audience.

Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The Digitization project is measured in terms of maintaining scheduled timelines and benchmarks, i.e., number of items digitized. AFB is leveraging its internal resources of professionals with visual impairments to ensure that the digitized archives are fully accessible to people with low vision or vision loss.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Helen Keller Archives and Gallery are a national treasure that can be visited at AFB's New York headquarters on demand. Due to the age and fragility of many of the papers and objects in the collection, it was decided to digitize it to make it accessible to future generations. A successful pilot project was carried out 2011-2013 and the NEH grant will allow continuation of the project through 2017.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
AFB has a staff archivist who reports regularly to senior management and the Board of Trustees. In addition, the digitization project has an advisory committee of professional librarians, technology experts, and archivists, many of them from university libraries, who are helping to monitor and improve this project.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
The pilot project has succeeded in meeting its targeted goals and is on-track to becoming one of the world's most accessible online archives. Best practices from this project will be shared with relevant professional organizations of librarians and data base specialists to improve the accessibility of other archives.
CEO/Executive Director
Kirk Adams
Term Start May 2016
Email kadams@afb.net
Experience

Kirk Adams is a preeminent leader in the field of blindness who joined AFB in 2016 as its sixth chief executive. He is a longtime champion of people who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to creating a more inclusive, accessible world for the more than 20 million Americans with vision loss.

Before joining AFB, Adams served as president and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., which provides independence and self-sufficiency through employment for people who are blind. Under Adams’ management, the Lighthouse expanded to 11 different locations across the nation, increasing both revenue and the number of its employees, many of whom are blind, deaf-blind, or blind with other disabilities.

Prior to his chief executive role at the Lighthouse, Adams was general manager of administration and director of public relations and resource development at the Lighthouse.

Active in his community, Adams was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Disability Employment and the Seattle Public Library’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee. He served on the boards of the Aerospace Futures Alliance and the Association of Washington Business. He was also the former treasurer and member of the Board of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind.

Adams graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He earned his master’s degree in not-for-profit leadership at Seattle University in Washington, and is working toward his doctorate in leadership and change at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 55
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 27
Number of Contract Staff 69
Staff Retention Rate 88%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 5
Caucasian 45
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 35
Unspecified 2
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Carl R. Augusto May 1991 - May 2016
William F. Gallagher July 1980 - June 1991
Senior Staff
Title Vice President, Programs and Policy
Title Chief Administrative Officer
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Chief Human Resources & Planning Officer
Title Vice President, Resource Development
Experience/Biography Robin is a seasoned development professional, who before joining AFB in June 2014, worked on as a consultant with a number of nonprofits, including the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Prior to her consulting work, Robin served as Executive Director of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater New Jersey for 13 years after holding a number of fundraising positions of increasing responsibility with the National Institute for People with Disabilities.  She is based at AFB Headquarters in New York City.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Larry Kimbler
Company Affiliation Retired Senior Executive, Staubach Company
Term Oct 2013 to Oct 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Elcio Robert Barcelos Hewlett Packard
Cathy Burns Ohio University Southern Business Training Resource Center
Debbie Dennis Oncor Electric Delivery
Diane Fazzi Ph.D.Charter College of Education, CSU
Theodore Francavilla National Executive Service Corps
Sally Giitinger Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Brenda Gumbs Xavier University
Shafiq A. Khan Marriott International
Meg LaVigne Litton Entertainment
Patricia Leader Cupertino School District
Melanie Lockwood Herman Nonprofit Risk Management Center
James H. McLaughlin J.H. McLaughlin & Co. LLC
Christopher J. Migel No Affiliation
Kenneth Miller Retired, Consultant
George Pocheptsov Artist
Elaine J. Pommells The New York Times
Barbara Rifkind Barbara Rifkind LLC
Roman G. Rubio MD, MBAAvalanche Biotechnologies
Russell Shaffer Walmart
Jeff Thom Esq.California Council of the Blind
Susan E. Weidle Susan E. Weidle, LLC
Joan Weisberg 12-0-Six Virginia/Arthurs Enterprises Inc.
Pamela L. Weisberg Esq.Law Office of Pamela L. Weisberg
Thomas Wlodkowski Comcast LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 13
Unspecified 1
Standing Committees
Audit
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Human Resources / Personnel
Investment
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Technology
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Kim Alfonso Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Mark Balsano AT&T
Ivan B. Bank O.D.Insight Complete Eye Care
Steve Bergman Easter Seals
Barbara Brice Community Volunteer
Cameron H. Burns Bradley, Foster & Sargent Inc.
Hon. Jimmy Carter Former President of the United States
Emily Coleman Washington State School for the Blind
Concetta Conkling Retired, Wells Fargo
Patricia Cowlishaw Community Volunteer
Michael J. Critelli Former Chairman & CEO Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Brian Daniels NY State Commission for the Blind
Debbie Dennis Oncor
Robert Dumper ROJAN LLC
Jose Feliciano Grammy-Winning Musical Artist
Dustin Fennell Mission Community Hospital, Panorama City, CA
Phyllis Glazer Community Volunteer
Gregory Goodrich VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Joyce Hildreth Div. of Blind Services, Florida Dept. of Education
William L. Hutton M.D.Med Synergies/UT Southwestern Texas Dept. Ophthalmology
Phil Jenkins IBM Accessibility
Jack Kilhefner Wells Fargo Bank
Susy Kimbler Community Volunteer
Allan Kraemer Kraemer & Walters, LLC
William MacGowan Newmont Mining
J.W. Marriott Jr.Chairman & CEO Marriott International
Susan Mazrui AT&T Services Inc.
Barbara McCarthy Virginia Dept. Blind and Visually Impaired
Tony McGinley Road Scholar Transport
Wendy McKoy Wells Fargo Bank
Daniel J. Micciche Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Ronnie Milsap Country Music Artist
Lee Nasehi Lighthouse Central Florida
Mark Nelson Digital Apex LLC
Clark D. Newman O.D., F.A.A.O.Plaza Vision Center
Jill Noble NASA
Richard J. O'Brien
Maureen J. O'Brien Citigroup Employee Relations
Susan W. Odom Community Volunteer
Cliff Olstrum Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
Gov. David A. Paterson Former Governor, State of New York
Gaye Preston San Antonio Lighthouse
Alex Ramsey LodeStar Universal
Jennifer Roemer M.P.H.UT Southwestern Medical Center
Hon. Patricia S. Schroeder Former U.S. Representative, Colorado
Bruce Taylor M.D.UT Southwestern Medical Center
Harry F. Tibbals III, Ph.D.Univ. Texas at Arlington
C. Gerron Vartan Aegis Partners, Inc.
Hon. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.Former Governor/US Senator, CT
William Wiener Ph.D.University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Bobbie Sue Williams Community Volunteer
Phillip Williams M.D.Neurosurgeon
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $9,127,400.00
Projected Expenses $10,892,607.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
AFB annual report 2013 web2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$12,034,402$7,859,816$7,801,640
Total Expenses$10,842,933$10,952,704$12,211,096
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$7,077,111$4,401,192$4,452,057
Government Contributions$88,356$95,368$429,379
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$88,356$95,368$429,379
Individual Contributions------
$150,000$320,000$100,000
$251,126$257,004$188,980
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,477,165$1,996,104$1,829,776
Membership Dues------
Special Events$43,050$22,150--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$947,594$767,998$801,448
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$7,342,094$7,680,224$9,305,334
Administration Expense$1,431,946$1,403,733$967,226
Fundraising Expense$2,068,893$1,868,747$1,938,536
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.720.64
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%70%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue28%39%39%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$36,054,285$38,497,903$38,497,340
Current Assets$2,229,971$2,420,276$1,835,307
Long-Term Liabilities$225,738$231,646$234,898
Current Liabilities$1,574,901$1,702,985$1,493,136
Total Net Assets$34,253,646$36,563,272$36,769,306
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndustries for the Blind of New York state $425,952AFB Special Fund $320,000The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation $200,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe J. Willard & Alice S. Marriot Foundation $214,718The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation $202,278James H. & Alice Teubert Charitable Trust $150,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJP Morgan Chase $167,000B&B Trust $125,000Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc. $127,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.421.421.23
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

AFB’s FY-2017 budget is expected to register a $1.8M deficit because of declines in investment income. AFB continues to make special investments in resource development with the aim of growing our donor base and increasing public support. AFB is also pursuing several cost-cutting initiatives in order to reduce operating expenses. New leadership has pledged to reduce and eliminate the deficit beginning in 2017 and is currently conducting a comprehensive strategic planning process to increase AFB's effectiveness and improve our financial health.

Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

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