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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Jewish Guild Healthcare

A BBB Accredited charity


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Jewish Guild Healthcare
Formerly known as:
The Jewish Guild for the Blind
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Web Site:
Year, State Incorporated:
1914, New York
JGB Health Facilities Corporation, JGB Rehabilitation Corporation, JGB Education Services, GuildNet, Inc, JGB Mental Health Retardation Services, Inc., Greater Boston Guild for the Blind (GBGB), Greater Boston Diabetes Society
Stated Purpose:
"The Jewish Guild for the Blind (The Guild) is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency that provides a broad range of services to people who are blind and visually impaired from all walks of life. Since 1914, our mission has been to foster and facilitate lives of independence and dignity for individuals who have lost or are losing their vision."

Evaluation Conclusions

The Jewish Guild for the Blind meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



The Guild’s Center for Health Care Services addresses our [The Guild’s] clients’ medical and vision needs to help maintain health and independence in people who are blind, visually impaired, and often multi-disabled. Our [The Guild's] team is comprised of physicians, optometrists, rehabilitation specialists and other professionals who provide primary care, vision rehabilitation, diabetes care, podiatry, endocrinology, nephrology, occupational and physical therapies, nutrition instruction, and social work services. Clients are able to receive the services they need in an integrated and coordinated model of care.

The Guild’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic evaluates vision loss and provides vision-assistive equipment, such as specialized telescopes, magnifiers and prisms, as well as therapeutic interventions including physical and occupational therapy, mobility training, vocational services, adaptive technology training, and support groups designed to maximize usable vision, thereby enhancing quality of life and independent functioning at home, school, and work.

The Maxine and John M. Bendheim Center for Diabetes Care offers a continuum of health care in one location: endocrinology, diabetes education, podiatry, nutrition education, support groups, counseling services and more to people with or at risk for vision loss from diabetes. The Guild's Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is the only one of its kind that is part of a vision care agency and recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

The Center for Behavioral Health has served the visually impaired community for over 50 years through its Psychiatric Clinic, the only one in the country designed to serve the visually impaired people, Mental Health Day Treatment Program, and Developmental Disabilities Day Treatment Program.

The Guild's Academic and Communication Skills Program includes Braille classes, academic tutoring, ESL, GED, and pre-college preparation classes. The Guild's Adaptive Technology Program trains adults and children to maximize their use of adaptive technology in all aspects of their lives.

The Independent Living Skills Program trains adults to carry out the many activities of daily living, including personal grooming, hygiene and managing finances. The Guild's clients also receive mobility training, home safety techniques and strategies, and instruction in meal preparation to safely handle kitchen utensils, stoves, ovens, and electrical appliances.

Guildcare Adult Day Health Care Program addresses the medical needs of adults who are blind or visually impaired, most whom are seniors with multiple chronic health conditions. For over 25 years, the Guild has provided nursing care and therapies, social work, dietary counseling, and recreational activities to thousands of people at 5 locations in New York State.

The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn School serves students ages 5 to 21 who are blind and visually impaired and have additional disabilities whose needs cannot be met in the public school system. The majority of the students are non-verbal. The Guild’s therapeutic programs and academic curriculum help the students reach their full potential.

The Children’s Vision Health Program offers telephone support groups, free of charge, for parents of children with vision impairments. Parents in rural, suburban, and urban areas from 42 states, Colombia, and Canada participate in weekly support groups where they receive emotional support and assistance from each other, professional facilitators, and experts in the field.

The Guild’s Bressler Prize in Vision Science and the GuildScholar program are designed to reward achievement and excellence. The Bressler Prize recognizes a professional in the field of vision science whose leadership, research, and service have resulted in important advancements in the treatment of eye disease or rehabilitation of people with vision loss. While each prize winner’s precise work may not be widely known, the quality and benefit of their achievements to the world of vision science and care is without equal. In 2012, the Bressler Prize will be awarded to Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, Departments of Ophthalmology, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, for her work in the molecular genetics of inherited retinal degenerations.

The GuildScholar program was established to help ensure that more blind students are able to enroll in colleges or universities that might be beyond their financial reach. The GuildScholar program provides scholarships to college bound high school students who are legally blind and assists them with the cost of their college education. To date, the Guild has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to over 100 students residing in 32 states.

The Guild’s Training Programs for Excellence in Vision + Health provides training at Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology. The Guild also educates and trains a broad range of health care providers across the country including optometrists, occupations therapists, and nurses to meet the needs of people who are blind and visually impaired and help them to remain safe and independent in their own homes.

The Guild provides Community Outreach and Educational Programs, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, for people of all ages. The programs are geared to topics of interest for specific age groups, including information about diabetes, diabetes management, vision loss prevention, and strategies to cope with vision loss. Outreach activities include participating in the New York Diabetes Expo and Diabetes Alert Day.

Greater Boston Guild for the Blind is a subsidiary of the Guild that partners with community programs in the greater Boston area to educate people of all ages about improved nutrition and increased level to prevent obesity, which can lead to diabetes, the number one cause of blindness among adults.

Additional Program Descriptions


GuildNet® , our [The Guild's] managed long-term care plan, was started in 1999 and now serves over 8,500 people. GuildNet Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) helps people who have Medicaid and who have long-term health care needs, but want to remain in their communities for as long as possible. A care management team works with the members and their doctors to develop care plans, then coordinates with home and healthcare services to ensure they get the care needed. GuildNet Gold is a program for people who have both Medicare and Medicaid, live in the communities we [The Guild] serve[s], and have significant healthcare needs. All Medicare services as well as New York State covered Medicaid services allow members to remain safely in their homes for as long as possible. GuildNet Health Advantage is a coordinated care plan for people who have both Medicare and Medicaid and who would benefit from having coordination of their care. Our [The Guild’s] case manager will manage both Medicaid and Medicare benefits.


Chief Executive Officer:
Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, President & Chief Executive Officer
Chair of the Board:
James M. Dubin, Esq.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*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 and planned giving arrangements.
Fund raising costs were 15.6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,385,032, 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.


The following information is based on The Jewish Guild for the Blinds' Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Program fees


Legacies and bequests




Rentals, grants and other revenue


Interest and dividend income


Special events less direct costs of special events


Actuarial gain on beneficial interests in unitrust


Gain on sale/disposal of fixed assets


Change in value of annuity obligations


Net realized and unrealized gain on investments


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Managed care


Continuing care


Rehabilitation services




Day treatment


Other programs


Mental health

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Other Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: %  Administrative 11%  Other Expenses: %
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Beginning net assets $139,935,045
Ending net assets 168,606,550
Total liabilities 58,890,013

Total assets



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