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Organization DBA --
Former Names The Carroll Rehabilitation Center for the Visually impaired (1972)
Catholic Guild For All the Blind, inc. (1936)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The Carroll Center for the Blind’s mission is to serve the needs of individuals who are blind and visually impaired by providing rehabilitation, skills training and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment, and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually impaired.

Mission Statement

The Carroll Center for the Blind’s mission is to serve the needs of individuals who are blind and visually impaired by providing rehabilitation, skills training and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment, and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually impaired.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $6,423,000.00
Projected Expense $7,139,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. Education
  • 2. Summer Programming for Students and Youth
  • 3. Residential Rehabilitation
  • 4. Job Readiness Training
  • 5. Community Rehabilitation Services

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Mission Statement

The Carroll Center for the Blind’s mission is to serve the needs of individuals who are blind and visually impaired by providing rehabilitation, skills training and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment, and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually impaired.

Background Statement

Founded in 1936, the Carroll Center for the Blind was the country’s first rehabilitation center for newly blinded adults. Today the Center delivers more services to blind and visually impaired individuals than any other private agency in New England, providing programming for all ages and all stages of vision loss.

Committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, the Center’s early mentor and director, Father Carroll, wrote the seminal work that still guides the organization's programming, Blindness, What it is, What it Does and How to Live with it. The book identifies the extensive losses associated with vision impairment, and the solutions to address these losses and make the adjustments to living with blindness. His pioneering work thrived under Director Rachel Rosenbaum’s management from 1976 to 2009. Ms. Rosenbaum developed comprehensive computer and distance learning programs, and established an onsite Technology Center. Still active, she is working on a biography of Father Carroll.

Today, under the leadership of Joseph Abely, a former Corporate Executive and Treasurer of the Center’s Board of Directors, the Center provides a range of skill building programs with a particular focus on academic and job readiness. Programming offers individualized training to meet client goals. It is multi-faceted and interconnected, allowing clients to succeed at one set of goals and return to address others as their needs change.

Impact Statement

Carroll Center programs provide practical skills training for about 4000 clients a year.

Our staff members work with children in schools across New England, teaching hundreds of blind school children to ride the school bus with their friends, do homework using the latest technology, and participate fully in their classrooms. Our Accessible Instructional Materials Library provides educational materials and textbooks in alternative formats to over 2000 students a year.

Onsite at our rehabilitation facility in Newton, staff members teach blind parents to cook dinner for their families, do their laundry, learn to use a white cane for mobility, manage everyday tasks, and re-enter the work force with the skills they need to succeed. Approximately 300 individuals take part in the rehabilitation program annually; 125 taking part in vocational readiness training. An additional 80 participate in computer training classes.

Specialists provide community based services to 700 clients each year. They meet with senior citizens in their homes and at senior centers, helping hundreds of older adults with vision loss learn to use computers to pay their bills, manage their doctor appointments and medications, use low vision aides to read and learn techniques to get around their home and neighborhood safely.

Online videos and year round computer and technology classes offer information on assistive devices to an unlimited number of individuals.

Needs Statement

Knowing that each person is on a unique path, depending on their age, emotional or physical circumstance, the Center makes it a priority to offer services that address the many stages of rehabilitation. From early intervention in school settings, to recreational experiences over the summer, to providing resources, internships, job placement and a comprehensive residential rehabilitation program focused on building independence and confidence, the Center offers a multi-faceted and flexible program. To do so is critical for success, but it is also costly.

In FY 2016, the Carroll Center’s budget will be more than $7 million. With government support covering only 70% of the operating budget, the Center must raise the remaining funds from corporations, foundations and individuals. The need is significant. The Center for Disease Control predicts the number of blind and visually impaired individuals will “double by 2030 due to the increasing epidemics of diabetes and other chronic diseases and our rapidly aging U.S. population”.

In Massachusetts today, there are more than 121,000 individuals who are blind or legally blind. About 7% are children, 47% working age adults, and 46% senior citizens. Nationally, the numbers are in the tens of millions, with data showing only 45% of blind and visually impaired adults have a high school degree, and only 30% of all working age adults are employed. Poverty, depression, isolation, malnutrition and accelerating loss of fitness are all related to vision loss.

The causes of blindness are varied. Diabetes is widely recognized as the leading cause in the US for all ages – diabetics are 25 times more likely to become blind than non-diabetics. Progressive eye diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa as well as trauma are among other causes. Macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts are the leading causes of blindness in senior citizens.


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


The majority of clients are from Massachusetts and New England, with the second largest number from the Northeast of the U.S.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  3. Education - Special Education

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



1. Education

The Center sends Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs), Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Rehabilitation Teachers, and Low Vision Therapists into 100 public and private schools across New England to provide assessment and instruction to students. The Center’s special education services, established in 1993, make available “necessary and appropriate” services to school-age children who are experiencing visual difficulties, as well as provide information and support to families and to other professionals in education and related fields.

In addition, the Carroll Center manages the Accessible Instructional Materials Library (AIM). The AIM library acquires, maintains and distributes specialized instructional materials (such as Braille and large print) to assist school districts and educators. It loans braille writers, assistive devices, pre-braille and literacy kits, tactile tools, raised lined maps, standardized tests and other materials to students.

Budget  $2,263,740.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

On a daily basis we provide students with the resources they need to become independent learners and to achieve their potential. Carroll Center professionals offer specialized assessment, instruction, consultation and adapted materials to ensure appropriate access to all general education and other curriculum skill areas.

Program Long-Term Success 

Over the long term the Carroll Center is addressing the fact that very few blind and visually impaired students have the resources needed to attain educational goals. National statistics show that only 45% of blind and visually impaired individuals have a high school degree, and 90% of blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages have no training in braille.

Program Success Monitored By 

Personalized written reports are prepared for every student. Generally 10-20 pages long, they include a combination of observations and performance ratings (0-100%) in a range of areas which are determined by the program the client is participating in. The reports are shared with clients and with Departments of Education.

Examples of Program Success 

Examples of success often include student narratives that describe participation in many Carroll programs, having been introduced in school to the Center's many resources. For example:

“With the support of her Carroll Center teacher, Sarah W. began learning braille in pre-K, and participated in The Braille Challenge every year from third grade on. Her proficiency was impressive; she even learned to read music in braille.

Sarah went on to take part in intensive computer training and learned to push her boundaries: "computer training really solidified my confidence in using screen reading software with Microsoft programs. I wouldn’t be able to go to college if I couldn’t use my computer."

In addition: “ I went on a new adventure every year — surfing and rock climbing, and to the National Braille Challenge in California.”

In 2014, as part of summer programming, she took classes at Boston College and loved the school. This fall she is entering Boston College Law School.

2. Summer Programming for Students and Youth

Summer programs include:

CarrollKids/CarrollTeens - an overnight summer camp program for school-age students to further develop their independence skills in and out of the classroom.

Youth-In-Transition - promotes independence as students ages 15-21 transition from childhood to become teenagers and young adults.

Real World of Work - teaches work readiness skills and the use of adaptive devices, while also providing summer jobs. Participants live on campus and have the support of Center staff and their peers as they manage what is often a first job experience.

Computing for College - advanced training in file management, office applications, scanning with various formats, and accessing e-books. Students develop their web browsing, searching and social networking abilities.

Additional summer programs focus on work assessment for young adults, computer training in Apple devices and include camps for high school students with a focus on technology and media.
Budget  $583,400.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

 Program goals for all summer programs include mastering the following:

-Mobility skills to move safely and independently in school and in the community;

-Technology skills to access and produce information;

-Social interaction skills to explore positive relationships, good decision-making, conflict resolution and self-advocacy;

-Organization and daily living skills such as managing finances, a schedule and a calendar, keeping track of prescriptions, meal planning and cooking, and personal care in general;

-Communication and study skills using Braille, and low vision adaptations like magnifiers;

-Confidence in manual dexterity developed through activities such as fencing to develop spatial understanding and woodworking to hone motor skills.

Program Long-Term Success 

Summer programming is designed to address the unique barriers blind and visually impaired children, teens and young adults face. There are over 8,000 blind and visually impaired children living in Massachusetts, and while state mandates require educational materials and modifications for all children to attend classes and participate in activities, more often than not schools lack essential adaptive curricula and devices needed for blind students to participate fully in and out of the classroom.

Missed opportunities both in school and out result in isolation, a primary reason why only 45% of individuals with severe visual impairments or blindness have a high school diploma. For those who do graduate from high school, success in higher education and employment depends on further skills training, knowledge of adaptive devices and techniques, and early work and internship experiences.

Program Success Monitored By 

Each program has at least eight final Assessment Reports per student. The reports evaluate ability and class progress, including personal management; orientation and mobility; manual arts; counseling; communications skills (audio, computing, Braille); and computer, academic, and social skills. Reports include quantitative and qualitative information. Participants in work and internship programs, leave the program with employer references for future use.

Examples of Program Success 

Over summer 2014, 42 students learned to cook, clean, do their laundry, label and travel independently as well as go rock climbing, horseback riding and fishing. For some, this was the first time they crossed a busy intersection, walked into a pharmacy and purchased their own items or cooked a meal that required more than microwaving one ingredient.

In addition, 12 young adults held internships, one at a café, giving her hands-on experience before beginning a culinary arts program in the fall. Others worked at State Street Bank and at the Urban League of Eastern MA in human resources, fund administration and doing research. In a ceremony marking the end of the program, all stated how important the internships were, and how much more positively they felt about their career prospects.

3. Residential Rehabilitation

Residential rehabilitation is designed for newly blind adults and provides instruction in a variety of independent living skills. Staff teach clients to use a white cane for mobility, how to use accessible computer and other assistive technology devices, along with the myriad other skills needed to manage everyday tasks. Counseling to adjust to blindness and supporting friendships between clients is a key component of the program. Programming is innovative, using activities such as fencing to develop spatial understanding and woodworking to hone motor skills as well as confidence.

All clients begin with an evaluation to assess their skills and adjustment to vision loss. Those planning to return to work are assessed in vocational development, including standard vocational testing, skills assessment, review of work experience and educational background, understanding of disability benefits and social security services and exploration of vocational options.

Budget  $1,924,200.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success 

Rehabilitation objectives include acquisition of skills in the following areas:

- Adjustment to vision loss through individual and group counseling;

- Orientation and mobility skill training to travel indoors and outdoors, including street crossing, public transportation and shopping. Training includes learning to fence to develop spatial skills;

- Communications skill development such as using digital recorders, learning Braille, working on handwriting, using computers, personal data assistants, low vision devices and record keeping systems;

- Manual skills training in a wood shop to develop organization skills;

- Daily living skills, including grooming, cooking, housekeeping, money management and time management skills;

- Health care management including diabetes management, labeling, organization and administration of medicine;

- Low vision skills to maximize the use of remaining vision using lighting, magnifiers, telescopes and other devices.

Program Long-Term Success 

The Carroll Center’s rehabilitation program offers a unique experience for blind and visually impaired adults to meet and live with other vision-impaired people in an environment that is designed to both meet their needs and offer opportunities for learning to live independently. Clients share personal experiences and techniques learned, feel less isolated and make new friends. Meals are provided to allow concentration on training and adjustment to blindness. Public transportation and nearby retail businesses, universities and medical facilities give students easy access to cultural, recreational and business opportunities and enables them to apply travel skills through a variety of public transportation options.

Carroll Center staff demonstrate it is possible to live a full and active life with the right skill set and training. Twenty percent of our staff members are blind or visually impaired, and work at all levels in the agency.

Program Success Monitored By 

Personalized written reports are prepared for every client, in every program. Generally 10-20 pages long, they include a combination of observations and performance ratings (0-100%) in a range of areas, which are determined by the program the client is participating in. The reports are shared with clients and with their referral agency which for the rehabilitation program is most often a state Commission for the Blind.

With new software in place, over the next year The Carroll Center will move from paper to electronic files and create reports that compile and analyze results for overall programming.
Examples of Program Success 

The following is an example of a typical client experience:

“I know I would not be where I am today without the Carroll Center. They helped me to restore my life in the fullest possible way. But it took time. My first experience was at the Carroll Center’s Independent Living Program after losing my sight to diabetic retinopathy. I learned everything from reading Braille to traveling safely. It was especially helpful to once again be able to measure my own blood sugar and administer my own insulin. For someone who has diabetes, that is essential to be truly independent.

Next I took the Computer Access program. I had used computers before, when I was sighted, but here I learned the latest “talking” software and adaptive technology. Now I am computer literate non-visually.

Now, best of all, the Carroll Center helped me to find a job as a human resource recruiter for a major Boston financial firm. I can’t tell you how much it means to be back at work in my chosen field!”

4. Job Readiness Training

An important part of rehabilitation is returning to or gaining work. Not only does a job provide financial independence, but it instills a sense of self-worth. Technology training offers the blind new avenues to vocational success, and coupled with training in other employment readiness skills, individuals who take advantage of the Center’s vocational programming leave the program well qualified to find and retain employment.

Since 1994, the Center has provided training to support clients who not only need additional skills to manage, but must dispel stereotypes of the blind as dependent, housebound and only able to do menial tasks at best. Past job training experience informs our current program design. Our data shows that the unemployment rate for our clients drops to 35% when the Center provides intensive training in computers and assistive technology. As a result, all Carroll Center programs include an introduction to using assistive technologies, adaptive devices and braille.

Budget  $357,950.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years) People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

Program objectives include teaching clients relevant technological skills, how to manage the job seeking process, self-advocate, educate their potential employers and troubleshoot workplace accessibility issues.

For young adults, ages 18-25, who have never lived alone and do not have any job experience, the Center offers job readiness training with exposure to a first work experience. In addition, our dedicated technology center provides ongoing computer classes throughout the year and, new this year, we are offering an intensive technology program, Computing for Employment.

The Center offers a variety of additional vocational opportunities including involvement in an annual job fair, which this past year attracted 100 job candidates and 30 employers, including Harvard Vanguard, Hyatt Hotels, TD Bank, TJX and Suffolk Construction.

Program Long-Term Success 

National statistics show that blind and visually impaired teens and adults are far more likely than their sighted peers to be unemployed and live in poverty. The numbers are clear: 70% are unemployed and 90% do not know braille. The Center strives to make a positive impact on those numbers, addressing the problem through focused vocational programs.

Our data shows that the unemployment rate for our clients drops to 35% when the Center provides intensive training in computers and assistive technology. As a result, all Carroll Center programs include an introduction to using assistive technologies, adaptive devices and braille.

Program Success Monitored By 

Measurement is based on the Center’s ability to provide clients with the skills needed to be qualified job candidates. Personalized written reports are prepared for every client, in every program. Generally 10-20 pages long, they include a combination of observations and performance ratings (0-100%) in a range of areas, which are determined by the program the client is participating in. The reports are shared with clients and with their referral agency.

Examples of Program Success 

“As I commute home each night I often reflect on my life. I have a great job as a Customer Service Representative with Boston Edison, a job I got through the Carroll Center.

Most of this I credit to the terrific staff and volunteers at The Carroll Center. They taught me the adaptive and occupational skills I needed. I was one of the lucky ones...while sending me to public school, my family made sure I could read and write Braille. When I turned eight, my parents contacted The Carroll Center to request mobility training.

My lucky streak ran out in 1985 when I graduated from Boston University. The Carroll Center’s teachers were there for me again. I enrolled in the Center’s introductory computer program. I learned to use a special “talking” computer that translates digital information into synthesized speech – a real breakthrough for sightless people! This new skill was the key to my getting a job at Boston Edison.”

5. Community Rehabilitation Services

Community Services include:

Safe Travel - Program may take place in the home, neighborhood, local business area, on job sites and on public transportation. Travel tools include low vision skills and devices such as tinted glasses, a white cane or support canes.

College Campus Travel Skills - Students preparing to attend college can receive Orientation and Mobility training to help them travel safely and efficiently around campus, including learning to use public transportation if available and needed. Instruction may continue each year, depending on the needs and skills of the students.

Low Vision Services include clinical and functional vision assessment, recommendation of assistive devices such as magnifiers and training on practical methods of enhancing existing vision.

Community Essential Skills - Group sessions are held at senior centers and assisted living facilities to provide basic adaptive skills instruction to seniors who are struggling with vision loss.
Budget  $658,750.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Independent Living Skills Instruction
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success 

The program is designed to help blind and visually impaired individuals continue to live in their own home, learn to manage getting to, from and around their workplace, or to manage a new academic setting. Based on the client’s situation and age, program goals are to reduce falls, allow for greater mobility and confidence traveling in and outside of home, workplace or school, teach orientation techniques, and assess what low vision devices and strategies would be most helpful to the client.

Program Long-Term Success 

Like all the Center’s programs, the long term goal is to provide the right set of services to support clients’ efforts to live independently. As such, community programs are designed for those for whom residential rehabilitation is not appropriate or necessary but who need training in essential skills that lead to independence. Long term success is dependent on the Center’s ability to provide sufficiently flexible programming to meet the needs of all individuals.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is measured in mobility, safety and confidence. Personalized written reports are prepared for every client, in every program. Generally 10-20 pages long, they include a combination of observations and performance ratings (0-100%) in a range of areas, which are determined by the program the client is participating in. The reports are shared with clients and with their referral agency.

For community services, program statistics retained include the number of referrals, number of participants, age, gender and visual status of program participants. Staff record cities and towns where clients are served, the number of hours of direct and indirect service, and fall status before and after program services.

Examples of Program Success 

Survey results show that 44% of participating clients had fallen before the Carroll Center provided services, and only 11% fell after. Moreover, 89% stated they felt safer in their home after the program and 100% agreed they were more aware of safety concerns. All stated they would refer others to the Center.

In addition, staff members work to inform potential program consumers reaching as wide an audience as possible with information about community services and resources. In 2014, staff made presentations to 7 low vision support groups reaching 72 senior citizens. The Center also hosted a workshop on its campus for medical professionals. The program addressed the safety needs of visually impaired patients. It was received very positively and resulted in an invitation to make a more extensive presentation on the topic at the New England Ophthalmological Society Conference held at the Hynes Convention Center in December 2014.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joseph Abely II
CEO Term Start Mar 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Joseph Abely brings strong leadership, financial and operational expertise to the Carroll Center for the Blind. Prior to his employment as President, he served on the Board of Directors as a Member as well as in the roles of Vice Chairman and Treasurer.

Joe received his BA from Boston College in 1974 and an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He began his business career in 1976 at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte and Touche), where he fast-tracked to partner in 1985. While at Deloitte, he oversaw a broad range of clients in diversified industries, which garnered him experience in activities such as public and private financing, leveraged buy outs, spin offs, business planning among others. He also served as the National Director of the firm's Media Practice.

From 1988 to 2007, Joe served as President and Chief Operating Officer of LoJack Corporation, growing LoJack from a company with operations in one state with 30 employees, $1,000,000 in revenues and significant operating losses into a well-capitalized NASDAQ:NMS listed, growth-oriented company that created a market and which remains in a dominant position. It now operates in 21 states and more than 20 countries around the world. Joe was instrumental in helping develop and implement expansion, financial, operational and marketing strategies. Understanding the importance of building the LoJack brand, Joe insured the effort's ongoing success.

Joe currently sits on several corporate and not-for-profit Boards, while directing the financial and administrative functions of the Carroll Center.

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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Katherine L. Leahy Chief Financial Officer A graduate of Hofstra University, Ms. Leahy has worked primarily in the nonprofit sector, serving social service, education, and cultural organizations: Institute for Student Achievement (education), Waldorf School of Garden City (education), Lincoln Hall (social services and education), Boston Medical Center, Evans Medical Foundation, deCordova Museum, and others before coming to The Carroll Center for the Blind. Her public accounting experience was at Price Waterhouse Coopers and later at a small firm serving nonprofit and government clients. She holds a CPA license in the state of New York.
Diane Newark Chief Development Officer

As a member of the senior leadership team, Ms. Newark partners with President Joseph F. Abely, the board of directors and senior staff to maximize the organization’s philanthropic opportunities. Ms. Newark is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Before coming to the Carroll Center, Ms. Newark was Director of Development at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton and was Capital Campaign Director for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in Boston. She has also worked at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston as Senior Development Officer, as Director of Development and Public Information for Cotting School for Disabled Children in Lexington, and as Director of Development for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in Woburn.

Dina Rosenbaum Chief Program Officer

A graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, Rosenbaum also holds a Master’s degree in Computers in Education from Lesley College. She is a founding member of the ITN (Independent Transportation Network) Greater Boston and is Chair of the South Shore Holocaust Remembrance Committee. In 2001 she was awarded the Northeast Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Excellence in Rehabilitation Award.

In 1984 Rosenbaum came to The Carroll Center as Director of Technology and managed the Center’s newly created and federally funded computer training program. This was one of the first programs of its kind in the United States and Rosenbaum successfully secured additional funding to expand the department. In 1998 she became the Marketing and Intake Director for the organization, acting as liaison and spokesperson for the Center as well as creating marketing materials supporting website development, meeting with professional groups and appearing on local radio and cable TV shows. Her duties included planning and implementing admission and professional training events, processing inquires, applications, and placing clients in appropriate programs. In all aspects of her position, she was engaged with clients and the Center’s Alumni Association.

In March 2015, Ms. Rosenbaum took on the new role of Chief Program Officer. She now oversees the management of several departments, including rehabilitation and employment services, community mobility, education services, technology training, admissions, low vision services and The Carroll Store.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association The Providers' Council

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 58
Number of Part Time Staff 62
Number of Volunteers 90
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 112
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 41
Male: 80
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Carol Sawyer Parks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sawyer Charitable Foundation
Board Chair Term Sept 2012 - Sept 2017
Board Co-Chair Carol A. Covell
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation MicroEndo Technologies
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2014 - Oct 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Joseph Abely II President, Carroll Center for the Blind Voting
Stephen E. Butler Quantech Services Voting
David A. Cifrino Esq. McDermott Will & Emery Voting
Carol A. Covell MicroEndo Technologies Voting
Kate D'Eramo Resources Global Professionals Voting
Scott Faust Esq. Proskauer Voting
Lawrence Heimlich Esq. Voting
Stephen J. Hines Retired Voting
Philip Johnston Johnston & Associates Voting
Christopher P. Kauders Esq. Pre-trial Solutions Voting
William H. McMahon IV Retired Voting
Lotfi B. Merabet O.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Voting
Arthur O'Neill Retired Voting
Carol Sawyer Parks Sawyer Charitable Foundation Voting
Carol O. Richardson III State House ADA Coordinator Voting
Maryann P. Sullivan Wellesley Partners Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Human Resources / Personnel

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $6,423,000.00
Projected Expense $7,139,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $8,047,278 $5,521,635 $5,878,304
Total Expenses $6,617,876 $6,056,781 $5,627,388

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$315,400 $315,700 $306,650
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $1,342,518 $1,266,420 $742,596
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $6,329,541 $3,889,163 $3,555,371
Investment Income, Net of Losses $16,852 $20,846 $5,706
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $38,354 $24,528 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $4,613 $4,978 $1,267,981

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $5,225,754 $4,703,146 $4,275,816
Administration Expense $950,664 $951,025 $970,506
Fundraising Expense $441,458 $402,610 $381,066
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.22 0.91 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 78% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 26% 25% 36%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $8,710,626 $7,253,476 $7,857,242
Current Assets $1,618,342 $1,275,962 $1,058,803
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $476,845 $466,726 $535,403
Total Net Assets $8,233,781 $6,786,750 $7,321,839

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund $50,000.00
Tufts Health Plan Foundation $50,000.00
Tufts Health Plan Foundation $50,000.00
2nd (Source and Amount) Tufts Health Plan Foundation $50,000.00
Gibney Family Foundation $40,000.00
Gibney Family Foundation $30,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) Gibney Family Foundation $40,000.00
Liberty Mutual Foundation $20,000.00
Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation $25,000.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $586,267.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) 0.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 50.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.39 2.73 1.98

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
The Other revenue category for FY12 reflects net gain from the sale of property.
Please note, per the organization: The Carroll Center sold an acre of land in 2014 resulting in revenue of $2.6 million, which explains why revenue was above expenses that year. 


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