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Sight Loss Services Inc.

 PO Box 414, 81 School Street
 West Dennis, MA 02670
[P] (508) 394-3904
[F] --
www.sightloss.org
[email protected]
Cynthia Stead
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INCORPORATED: 1987
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2998072

LAST UPDATED: 12/13/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names Visions of Cape Cod (1987)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Sight Loss Services programs are geared toward helping to reduce the fears and isolation caused by the onset of vision loss and toward helping to simplify the mechanics of daily living. We do not charge for any services, and work with low vision as well as legally blind clients.  Based on a "peer support and self help" philosophy, Sight Loss Services aims to foster an individual's sense of self worth and independence and to point the way for him/her to help others.   

Mission Statement

Sight Loss Services programs are geared toward helping to reduce the fears and isolation caused by the onset of vision loss and toward helping to simplify the mechanics of daily living. We do not charge for any services, and work with low vision as well as legally blind clients.  Based on a "peer support and self help" philosophy, Sight Loss Services aims to foster an individual's sense of self worth and independence and to point the way for him/her to help others.   

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $120,000.00
Projected Expense $125,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adaptive Aids and Resource Room
  • Arts & Events
  • Education, Information & Referral
  • Monthly Support Groups

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Sight Loss Services programs are geared toward helping to reduce the fears and isolation caused by the onset of vision loss and toward helping to simplify the mechanics of daily living. We do not charge for any services, and work with low vision as well as legally blind clients.  Based on a "peer support and self help" philosophy, Sight Loss Services aims to foster an individual's sense of self worth and independence and to point the way for him/her to help others.   

Background Statement

 Sight Loss Services, Inc., Cape Cod and Islands is a non-profit, human service organization offering peer support, information and referral, education and awareness, outreach, and home independence training to people who are learning to cope and function safely and independently with sight loss.   Our programs are geared toward helping to reduce the fears and isolation caused by the onset of vision loss and toward helping to simplify the mechanics of daily living.

 Founded in 1980 as a chapter of 'Visions' and incorporated qutonomously in 1987, Sight Loss Services has developed programs that are based on a “peer support and self-help” philosophy. Our organization aims to foster an individual’s sense of self worth and independence and to point the way to help others. Our programs include:

     Ø  Self Help Support Groups
         Ø  Adaptive Aids and Technology
         Ø  Information, Resources, & Referral Network
         Ø  Education and Awareness
         Ø  Outreach and HomeIndependenceServices
         Ø  Lighting Lab, Children’s Resources, Eye Care Project

 Our geographic region of focus is Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket; however, we have had referrals and inquiries from people all around the world.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments -
May, 2013 - 'Blind Talent: Art is More than Vision' - after 4 years of art classes taught by a legally blind instructor, Sight Loss was able to mount a full scale art exhibit at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod for 2 weeks, with a reception for the artists, who came from towns from Provincetown to Falmouth.  The passion and talent of these clients was displayed for all who thought that losing sight meant losing creativity.
 
November, 2012 - Did a full scale renovation of our Resource Room, with lighting lab, sample adaptive aids, and a place for side-by-side comparison of appliances.  Now clients can touch, feel, experiment and borrow to see what works for them.
 
2012 - Beginning a Recycling Program for stationary readers.  These machines cost many thousands of dollars, and are out of reach for most visually impaired seniors.  By creating a donation clearing house, we accepted and placed 25 machines with a used value of $22,400 during 2012, and as of July 20, 2013 we have placed 26 machines and expect to place 40 this year.
 
Goals -
To expand upon our Adaptive Aid 'recycling' program for stationary readers by including hand-held readers as well
 
To expand our classes to include guided and safe tours of museums, walking paths, and other amenities of Cape Cod for its visually impaired residents and guests.
 
To begin to broadcast our newletters, research papers, information updates, and educational materials in partnership with the Audible Local Ledger and CHNA27.

Needs Statement

  • Transportation - Sight Loss is in a semi-rural area, and our clients can't - or shouldn't - be driving.  We provide rides for our classes, events, and support group meetings.  A typical month of driver/bus fees is $950.
  • Eye Care Funds - Sight Loss helps those falling between regulatory cracks to pay for eyeglasses which are usually not covered by insurance.  Even with Medicaid, glasses cannot be replaced more than once every 5 years, but those with degenerative eye disease need help more frequently.  Low vision doctors do what they can, but there are costs for materials.  Eyeglasses with prisms, etc., usually cost between $600 and $900
  • Adaptive aids - For the blind, it's hard to shop on a web site or with a glossy catalog.  Our resource room allows clients to use and handle items.  We resell at cost, not charging shipping, handling, sales tax, etc., so our adaptive aids sales run at a consistent loss - We maintain the facility to help our clients.  We also give away small items like hand magnifiers or signature guides to those who cannot afford them.  Sight Loss gives away or loses about $3,500 yearly on adaptive aids.
  • Office Expenses - Non-profits pay rents, utilities and heating bills like a shoe store, but most grant makers exclude 'adminsitrative costs'.  We need $15,000 per yr for such expenses.

CEO Statement

By the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be more cases of macular degeneration in the United States than all cases of cancer - combined.  And that is only one cause of vision loss.  
Most blindness comes on gradually, and most diseases of the eye are diseases of age.  Barnstable County (Cape Cod) has twice the percentage of residents over age 65 compared to the rest of Massachusetts, and is the third 'oldest' county in the nation.  We are standing on the beach, watching a tsunami of vision loss approaching.  

The simplest things become major chores – a realtor can’t see a MLS listing number, a cook can’t accurately set the temperature on a stove, etc. Sight Loss has adaptive aids to help people continue their daily routine and remain productive. Some problems can be aided with advances in technology, but the loss and loneliness and darkness as blindness sets in is devastating. When simple things become a chore, it gets easier to remain at home instead of going out, remaining alone instead of wondering if you’re being looked at with pity. Anyone who has tried to live on Cape Cod without a car knows that the isolation is crushing. Sight Loss holds monthly support meetings for which we provide transportation, which are also places to trade ideas and listen to speakers. Sight Loss keeps in touch with telephone contact, but the physical contact with others remains a prime consideration. When sight is lost, people begin to withdraw into the safety of home. Part of our core mission is to keep people participating in their community, and enjoying its businesses, attractions and institutions.  During CY2012, our agency answered 10,536 requests for services from 1,601 unduplicated residents – clients, their caregivers, their neighbors and friends. 


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA

Sight Loss Services runs 12 monthly support groups serving the 15 towns of Barnstable County - Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham/Wellfleet, and Ptown-Truro - and provides resource services to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Organization Categories

  1. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairment
  2. Human Services - Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy

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

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Programs

Adaptive Aids and Resource Room

Our program introduces a variety of items which are designed to assist the visually impaired in carrying out daily tasks. Losing sight is like fingerprints – even those with the same condition will experience different needs for lighting and other independence aids.  With that in mind, we have set up a Resource Room so the visually impaired can come in and compare and test different aids, as a catalog cannot give hands-on experience.  It features a variety of lighting fixtures and lamps with which our viually impaired clients can experiment to accomplish different tasks from cooking to reading to writing to personal grooming tasks. The Everyday Talking Technology Center demonstrates a variety of talking devices that can help simplify the mechanics of daily living, like adaptive cooking devices, large print clocks and watches, labeling aids, medical devices, letter-writing and sewing aids, and recreational items, to name a few.  We have created Large Print Resources such as address books, writing paper, Bingo cards, large print Diabetes Logs, Medical Data Information cards, and check registers to help make life easier.  Clients explore resources (such as hand-held magnification, special bulbs, and demonstration video magnification technology) that will help them with reading tasks without having to ask for assistance from a friend or family member. A Tactile Labeling Center provides labeling resources to easily and safely identify everyday living tools.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
During CY 2012, we placed CCTV 25 machines with a used value of $22,000 and we have already taken in 27 machines in the first half of 2013.  We have also given away about $2,500 in small deveices and aids to those who are unable to purchase them, but do not qualify for help.
 
We hope to expand this program to small handheld digital devices like Pebbles and ClearView Minis.
Program Long-Term Success 
Adaptive aids are expensive, and difficult to 'test drive'.  By providing this access, clients can find what works for them.  We often allow clients to borrow items to try at home as well. While looking at an actual lamp may be better than looking at a picture, it still doesn't match trying one in the room in which it will be used, to see if it is safe and effective.
 
We also have grant funding to provide adaptive aids to those who cannot afford to purchase them, like a lighted hand magnifier or a talking watch.  If you are legally blind, these can be provided to you by state agencies, but if you are only low vision you don't 'qualify'.
 
We have also started a recycling program for CCTV stationary readers.  These wonderful appliances make it possible to read a book, look at a grandchild's photograph, dispute your credit card bill, and read the instructions on a frozen meal - all by digitizing and broadcasting print to a screen.  But as sight deteriorates or people move into assisted living and have no space, the machines are no longer used.  We maintain a list of those who need, but cannot afford, such machines and pick them up and distribute them. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
A lady who loved to read her newspaper could not afford a CCTV reader, and since she lived in affordable housing she had very cramped space as well.  We were able to locate an older model of digital magnifier, about the size of a loaf of bread with a glass top screen, that plugged into the wall instead of running on batteries.  She keeps it on her kitchen table and once again can read her morning paper with her coffee.

Arts & Events

Since 2008, Sight Loss has taught a series of classes each year. The “Palette Art for the Visually Impaired” program is the agency’s effort to incorporate art into the lives of people who have lost vision. Each year, we have held three to five sets of classes every year ever since. The Falmouth Art Guild, the Cape Museum of Art, the YMCA, and other meeting spaces have served as class venues.

Sometimes it’s assumed that this isn’t ‘real’ art – that it’s a sort of occupational therapy for the blind. After all, how could the visually impaired use color, or form, or technique? Even some of the participants assume that they have lost their talent and passion along with their sight. Sight Loss discovered by offering this program that there were many individuals who had given up painting because of vision loss and they were having difficulty emotionally coming to terms with the loss of art from their lives. By attending this class, many of them were inspired and encouraged to pick up a paint brush again and approach their painting on a more impressionistic level. Our award-winning instructor, Frances McLaughlin, shares her ideas with the students as someone who must constantly adapt her personal techniques as her vision changes due to the progression of her glaucoma.  She reminds the students that artists like Michelangelo, Degas, and Georgia O’Keefe all continued to work even though they were going blind.
 
Sight Loss also arranges safe and guided tours of museums and attractions for clients, to provide experiences and socialization in a safe way.  The agency assumes all costs and provides transportation for those who need it.
Budget  $12,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success 
Our most recent tour was of the Marconi/RCA Museum in Chatham, MA.  The group of 7 was given a glimpse into the history of the Cape and communications.  Other recent docent-led torus of the Museum of Art served 30 clients in groups of 5, accompanied by drivers and guides.
Program Long-Term Success 

When sight is lost, people begin to withdraw into the safety of home. Part of our core mission is to keep people participating in their community, and enjoying its institutions.  There are many wonderful small museums on the lower Cape, and they are willing to host programs to showcase their attractions, but special accommodations and guidance must be made for the visually impaired and their guides/drivers. Using the experience we have gained through working with the Cape Museum of Art, we can help these institutions host programs that will not only benefit our clients, but will give these small institutions the help they need to keep on serving the disabled community in general, benefiting them in the future. The mutual benefits of socialization, inspiration, education and creativity for Sight Loss Services and the participating museums on the Outer Cape are significant and welcome.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  One of our partcipants and her partner traveled together in 1985 to the former Soviet Union. A highlight of their tour was a visit to the Hermitage, “Because (she) was blind, I tried to relate to her every detail of what I was seeing,” the partner explained. Soon other members of their group began  taking turns describing their views she was seeing through others’ eyes.

 She renewed her interest in painting when she attended a class, sponsored by Sight Loss Services, for people who have visual impairments. As she painted, she relished placing color to create form on a canvas, but could only see her final work only through the eyes of others. Often described as “amazing”, the use of vibrant colors and texture draws viewers in, and then, when they least expect it, images of fish, trees, ethereal forms, people, places and things begin to emerge from the canvas.

 Her paintings are interesting, fun, and ever-changing in the eye of the beholder. One collector explains, “I don’t need any other paintings because the one I have appears different every time I look at it.”

 On March 6, 2013, she died peacefully. The family has established a Memorial Fund to continue her desire to help people with disabilities have opportunities for creative expression.


Education, Information & Referral

Sight Loss has a library of large print/cassette/email version of more than 40 different research and information documents dealing with medical information, diet, home safety, community services, and other topics all at the disposal of the visually impaired.  We also have a community lending library of books on visual impairment and information for families and caregivers.
 
We distribute a quarterly newsletter - in all formats - to over 650 subscribers, who are visually impaired, caregivers, assisted living facilities, family, friends, and neighbors.
 
Budget  30,000
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 
By acting as a clearing house for information, Sight Loss can help visually impaired clients get help they need and services they are entitled to.  So often, information is provided on a web site that the blind cannot access, or in a brochure than can't be read.  We collect and disseminate information on voting rights, fire prevention, local meetings, utilty bills, transportation - every imaginable type of inquiry is handled by staff and volunteers. 
Program Long-Term Success 
We have worked over the years to become the place whre, if we do not have the information, we can direct you to the place that does.  We refer clients and calles to resources and contacts.  These include Councils on Aging, MassEquipment, Elder Services, the VNA, the United Way, the Mass. Commission for the Blind, the Parkinson’s Educational Program, Cape Cod Community College, Cape Cod Healthcare, Joslin Diabetes Center, C.O.R.D., SHINE, the Red Cross, Senior Nutrition Programs, Consumer Assistance Council, and the Veterans Administration. We also work with chambers of commerce, banks, restaurants, motels, bookstores, museums, children’s centers, libraries and more. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
The family of an older woman with macular degeneration was concerned that she was 'seeing' people and animals that weren't there.  We sent them information on Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a condition where the brain begins to 'fill in' images when the eye ceases to provide stimulation.  Like many others, the family had thought her sanity was in danger, and the relief they felt at learning that it was a function of her blindness helped them all come to terms with her disorder.

Monthly Support Groups

12 Groups meet from Sep. to June and are led by visually-impaired coordinators.  They offer strategy sharing, advice & comfort, as well as speakers, updates on research and innovations, and friendly coffee.  Transportation is provided by the agency for those who need it.
Budget  $45,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program Short-Term Success 
During CY 2012, we provided 1,437 units of service to 229 unduplicated support group attendees.  These are blind and low vision clients; we also work with their families, friends, and caregivers.  Each meeting provides a topic or speaker - experts in stem cell research, providers of low vision equipment, representatives of transportation and social serive agencies, and town and county officials.  According to an annual 'satisfaction survey' for the MA Comm. for the Blind, in 2012, 87% of attendees felt that they had gained useful information, better self determination, and more control of thier own life.
Program Long-Term Success 
Sight Loss Services, Inc., offers unique, unduplicated services to those who are newly blind, visually impaired, or have progressive eye disease. For over 30 years, the agency has helped those who are losing sight – be it through heredity, disease, or accident – to cope with the loss of sight and the challenges it carries. TheCape Cod area is one of the fastest growing regions in the state for visual impairment, largely due to our elderly population as many eye conditions are diseases of age. Our support groups are a unique service for residents.   They provide vital peer support and the exchange of problem-solving strategies to participants. Support Groups meet monthly at handicapped accessible locations throughout the Cape. Assistive listening devices, speech enhancement equipment, and transportation are available for those who need it. 

 

Program Success Monitored By 
The Support Group program is monitored by the BRIDGE Program of the MA Commission for the Blind.  Our program is unique in that we provide services to low vision as well as legally blind clients.  The MCB cannot offer services until a person reaches that status, but since much blindness is incurable and degenerative, our low vision clients become their clients eventually.  We work with them to benefit all vision impaired Cape residents.
Examples of Program Success 
We have:  provided a realtor with low vision with a special magnifier to keep reading legal notices and MLS; inspired an artist with macular degeration to begin painting again with our art classes; enabled a person to continute to live safely in their own home with appliance marking and special lights; brought together two vision impaired card players in different towns to play bridge; established book clubs of sighted and non-sighted readers to discuss literature.  Sight Loss lets the visually impaired help their peers instead of passively accepting help.  Our clients retain their indpendence and dignity.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 When Sight Loss Services was founded 30 years ago, a 65 year old woman with macular degeneration was likely married to a WWII veteran, and had spent her life making a home for her family. She was unlikely to type, and might be reluctant to experiment with adaptive aids.  Blindness was a weakness, and there were definite ideas of what was ‘appropriate’ to do. Today, that 65 year old woman likely worked outside the home, and has greater familiarity with computers and is better able to use adaptive devices. Having lived in a post-ADA world, she is more open about blindness and more likely to challenge stereotypes about what blind people’s capabilities. With that in mind, SLS is adding other services for the groups to meet changing demand. We have been holding art classes for the visually impaired, taught by a legally blind instructor, emphasizing the peer support element of the program. We are planning trips and tours for the support groups, to promote independence and social interaction, while fostering the emotional and practical peer support that is the center of the agency’s focus. We will adapt to changing needs over the coming years while preserving our core focus. Our philosophy remains: No one should go through vision loss alone. Sight Loss Services is here to help. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cynthia E Stead
CEO Term Start Sept 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Resume and profile of Executive Director can be accessed at LinkedIn.com
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Laura Peterson Jan 2007 Sept 2010
June Wenberg Sept 1981 Dec 2006

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

External assessment is by MA Comm for the Blind.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 35
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Visually impaired - 2
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Thomas Leab
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dennis-Harwich Lions
Board Chair Term Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Board Co-Chair Mr. Ken Gardiner
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Orleans Support Group
Board Co-Chair Term Mar 2013 - Mar 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Shari Bergeron Audible Local Ledger Voting
Michael Brennan Retired - Dennis-Harwich Lions, Dennis Finance Committee Voting
Coreen Brinkerhoff Exec. Director, Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled Voting
Rev. Alton Chace Ret. Chaplain, USAF - BLIND Voting
Marcia Crowell Yarmouth Support Group - BLIND Voting
Jean Gardiner CoOrdinator Orleans Support Group - BLIND Voting
Ken Gardiner Retired - Orleans Support Group Voting
Mary Anne Gibbs Town of Dennis Accountant, Past Pres. Falmouth Lions Voting
Donald Howell Fmr Harwich Selectman, Boards of HECH, Chatham Drama Guild Voting
Thomas Leab Retired - Dennis-Harwich Lions Voting
Bette Oehschlagel CoOrdinator Sandwich Support Group - BLIND Voting
Susan Riley CoOrdinator Harwich/Chatham Support Group - BLIND Voting
Girard Smith Truro COA, Truro Comm on Disability Voting
Cynthia Stead Exec. Director, Sight Loss Services Exofficio

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
Scott Boyle MA Comm for the Blind NonVoting
Carla Burke BLIND VITAL - Visually Impaired Tech and Learning - Instructor for computer, email, and technology use for blind and VI NonVoting
Adele Gerringer Veterans Administration - Vision/Blindness NonVoting
BettyLou Long BLIND Bourne Support Group Leader NonVoting
Jean Anne McLaughlin Publisher, Cape Cod Disability Access directory/Harwich Comm. on Disabilities NonVoting
Dr. Michael Morley Opthamologist, Opthamoligical Consultants of Boston NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Blind - 5
Gender Female: 7
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • By-laws
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Board is deeply committed to the success and long term viability of the agency.  Many are consumers of Sight Loss' services and because they are visually impaied themselves, they can advise staff and director of the practical considerations attached to any projects or plans.  An important tenet of the organization is that this is a peer support group - OF as well as FOR the visually impaired.
 
Although Massachusetts has one of the oldest and best Commissions for the Blind in the nation, they cannot provide services until a person reaches the status of legally blind.  While that standard is 20/200 vision (corrected), if your vision is 20/178 you can't see and need help, but don't qualify.  The agency is committed to helping low vision as well as blind clients.  Vision loss is a trajectory - a low vision client often becomes legally blind, but still needs local service and support, so the agency works closely with the MCB and cooperates on providing services.
 
Our Bylaws state that 5 voting members of the board be blind or visually impaired.   This means that while we have excellent advice and resources on blindness, our ability to recruit can be somewhat limited.  We are seeking members from banking, business community, legal community, etc., and expect to add such members in the future.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $120,000.00
Projected Expense $125,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $126,168 $106,322 $140,913
Total Expenses $164,715 $139,613 $131,582

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $39,970 $40,840
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $39,970 $40,840
Individual Contributions $76,121 $39,776 $53,913
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $42,965 $3,342 $3,724
Investment Income, Net of Losses $715 $1,644 $7,464
Membership Dues $220 $985 $620
Special Events $6,147 $7,867 $10,185
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $22,245
Other -- $12,738 $1,922

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $132,630 $111,636 $100,372
Administration Expense $28,585 $21,677 $23,696
Fundraising Expense $3,500 $6,300 $7,514
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.77 0.76 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 80% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 7% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $344,367 $388,451 $388,451
Current Assets $151,452 $213,668 $213,668
Long-Term Liabilities $40,000 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $385 $12,631 $12,631
Total Net Assets $303,982 $375,820 $375,820

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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Seaside LeMans Event (Cape Cod Foundation) $40,000.00
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Mass. Commission for the Blind BRIDGE Program $23,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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TJX Foundation $3,000.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 36.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Purchase of unit to be permanent home for agency; some remodeling may be needed.
Campaign Goal $75,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Oct 2013 - Dec 2014
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 393.38 16.92 16.92

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 12% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are careful not to expand projects beyond agency viability.  For example, an unrestricted grant of $35,000  in 2006 was spent gradually over the succeeding 5 years; when we were selected again by the same maker for an unrestricted $40,000 in 2012, we had only spent the last installment that previous February, and we are spending the new grant in equal monthly installments over the next 5 years. 
 
We have just negotiated a 10 year contract with the MA Commission which will bring $23,000 in the first year and more thereafter each year.  We have also been successful in raising our municipal funding from $12,000 in 2009 to $16,500 in 2013.  Our individual grant writing and donation has been steady, but not spectacular, in a tough economy.
 
Demand is nipping at our heels - as the population ages and more people succumb to eye disease, we feel increased pressure to provide more services.  We are doing so, but only within sustainable restraints.  It is important to us not to over-promise to such a vulnerable population.  Our spending has increased over the last couple of years, hiring staff and developing our resources, but only when we have identified funds to do so. 
 
We would tell any donor that we not only appreciate their money, we will be careful with it and put it to good and responsible use, making it go the farthest for the widest good.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990EZ for FY14 and per the organization's financial reviews for FY13 and FY12. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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Impact

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