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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Helen Keller Services for the Blind

A BBB Accredited charity

 



Expiration Date:
12/2015
Name:
Helen Keller Services for the Blind
Address:
57 Willoughby Street
6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone:
718-522-2122
Year, State Incorporated:
1893, New York
Affiliates:
None
Stated Purpose:
" Helps individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, and who may have additional disabilities develop independence and to participate actively in their communities. "





Evaluation Conclusions
 

              
Helen Keller Services for the Blind meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs
 

              
Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) has many programs serving the visually impaired community in New York City. HKSB runs the Children’s Learning Center, which specializes in serving children from birth to 5 years of age who are visually impaired, blind, and/or have multiple disabilities. The organization provides specialized educational and therapeutic services for children who are visually impaired from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. The Early Intervention Program is center-based and offers half-day classes with therapy or therapy sessions without class. HKSB also runs a Preschool which offers a full-day program with a maximum class size of eight children. Each classroom is staffed by one teacher and two assistants. Additional services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, social work, nursing, evaluation services, music classes and pet therapy are also offered. The organization also has programs for older students, such as Camp Helen Keller, a six week summer day camp on Long Island for approximately 50 children ages 4 to 15. Helen Keller Services for the blind also houses a Braille and large-print library which produces Braille and large-print textbooks for children in New York State. The library has a collection of more than 10,000 titles. Pre-Vocational Training which provides vocational assessment and job-readiness training to teenagers is also offered. Other programs for adults include rehabilitation services, orientation and mobility training, instruction in daily living skills, employment services, vocational assessment, academic remediation and vocational training, assistive technology instruction, work experience internships and job placement services.



Governance
 

              
Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Thomas J. Edwards, President & CEO
Compensation*:
$267,101
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Christopher D. Maher
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
President & COO / Ocean First Bank
Board Size:
17
Paid Staff Size:
266



*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.




Fund Raising
 

              
Method(s) Used:


Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 21.8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,592,069, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)




Tax Status
 

              
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.




Financial
 

              
The following information is based on HKSB's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults - grant income

$14,555,170

Training fees and allowances

9,370,067

Contributions and grants

3,310,525

Rental income, net

1,265,003

Legacies

1,210,638

Investment income

1,060,895

Helen Keller Services for the Blind - grant income

845,746

Other

308,008

Special events, net

70,906

Net gains (losses) on investment

(1,085,427)

Total Income

$30,911,531

Program Expenses  

National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

$12,785,279

Comprehensive services

2,639,493

Blind children program

2,351,615

Day habilitation services

2,313,075

Braille and large print library

724,482

Residential

688,774

Low vision

444,148

Assistive technology

347,958

Senior citizens centers

347,613

Prevention of blindness

219,268

Summer camp

133,772

Supported employment services

42,831
Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses

23,038,308
1,002,288
3,433,679

$27,474,275

$3,437,256




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative 13% 
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Beginning net assets $36,379,550
Ending net assets 30,828,690
Total liabilities 23,428,142

Total assets

$54,256,832






 

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