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National Organization On Disability

 77 Water Street, Suite 204
 New York, NY 10005
[P] (646) 5051191
[F] (646) 5051184
Carol Glazer
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EIN 52-1238307

LAST UPDATED: 08/08/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names The National Office on Disability (1982)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Mission Statement

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $3,004,655.00
Projected Expense $3,004,655.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Campus to Careers

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Mission Statement

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Background Statement

The United Nations proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons, to promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. At the year’s conclusion, representatives from 48 states met in Washington, DC, and formed the National Office on Disability to continue the momentum towards the UN’s goal. Alan A. Reich was appointed to lead the new organization, and the following year the name was changed to the National Organization on Disability (NOD).
 America still has a long way to go to close the gaps in levels of participation between people with and without disabilities. But the landscape has changed dramatically, and much has been accomplished over the last three decades since our founding. More than ever before, people with disabilities are present throughout American society—carrying on their daily lives as workers, consumers, students, neighbors, and volunteers—and contributing greatly to our national and community life. The National Organization on Disability is proud to have been at the center of this progress and is committed to even greater advancements in the decades ahead.

Impact Statement

Today, the National Organization on Disability focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD works with leading employers and partners with educational and philanthropic institutions to pilot innovative approaches to disability inclusion, then scales these up into initiatives with even broader impact.

We are proud to have helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs.

Needs Statement

In 2017, NOD seeks to increase our corporate partnerships, including growing use of the Disability Employment Tracker to more than 100 companies, adding three to six Corporate Leadership Council members, and increasing professional services sales. In addition, we aim to secure at least $500,000 in philanthropic support; and hire key staff, including Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager and Project Manager.


CEO Statement

Our success in the global economy depends, more than ever, on how well we inspire and put to use the talent and energies of every person in this country—every talent, every skill, every ability. That is why the National Organization on Disability was created: To see to it that no ability is wasted, and that everyone has a full and equal chance to play a part in our national progress.

It has been three decades since NOD’s founder, Alan Reich, kicked off the International Year of Disabled Persons, as the first person in a wheelchair to address the United Nations General Assembly. Since that time, people with disabilities have had increased access to education and participation in society and have enriched our nation with their innumerable talents. The next step has become increasingly clear.

The preeminent challenge before us, as an organization and a nation, is to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy full opportunity for employment, enterprise and earnings, and that employers know how to put their talents to work.

Our strategic plan aims to establish NOD as a premier resource for employers to adopt proven, effective ways of employing people with disabilities. Close working partnerships with more than three dozen Fortune 1000 companies are our launching pad to greater scale and impact.

Tens of millions of working-age Americans with disabilities are able and eager to work. By joining forces with employers and 56 million Americans with disabilities—that’s one out of every five of us—we can harness the talent of every willing worker and vastly expand the productive power of the national labor force.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Disabled Persons' Rights
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Under Development


Campus to Careers

NOD proposes a pilot that, starting with employers’ talent needs, would develop a campus to employment pipeline for college students with disabilities in the Boston area. NOD will work with local colleges and universities to help them to better equip students with disabilities for careers and with participating employers to adjust their recruitment and hiring practices to more effectively reach candidates with disabilities on campus. We will track results – including employment outcomes for students, as well as for participating campuses and employers – and report out for broader adoption.

Budget  $1,320,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success 

We will reach 150 students in the program’s first year, with a goal that at least 45 obtain jobs/internships; pending the recruitment cycle of participating employers, year one job/internship placements may occur in early 2018.

In addition, we will train 100 staff members at participating colleges/universities (focusing on disability and career services professionals). We will seek improved integration of career and disability services offices at participating schools, as well as general changes in employer practices, including new methods of campus recruiting, interview techniques, job descriptions and skill/experience requirements, and campus recruiter training. We anticipate training approximately 200 staff among participating employers, to help create a more disability-friendly workplace for students placed there.
Program Long-Term Success  We aim to address chronically low employment rates for college-educated people with disabilities with a three-year program that directly supports a cohort of college students with disabilities (to pursue jobs and internships), while also building networks between campuses and employers to create lasting change.
Program Success Monitored By 
The Campus to Careers program aims to assist college students with disabilities in their transition from campus life to professional careers, by building a pipeline to participating employers seeking to hire people with disabilities. We intend to learn what works through data tracking and evaluation; and to broaden the program’s impact by disseminating best practices.
The clearest indicator of our program’s success will be how many participating students get jobs or internships and, for underclassman, how many receive the training and exposure needed to access a career track. In addition, we will also be defining our success by how many employees we train at participating colleges and employers and the satisfaction of participating employers. Finally, we will measure how frequently students interact with their disability and career services offices. The evaluator will advise on other appropriate metrics. 
Examples of Program Success 

While this is a new program, it builds on NOD’s proven record of successful demand-driven employment approaches. In the past six years, NOD has helped more than a dozen major employers hire hundreds of individuals with disabilities, based on our Bridges model, piloted with Lowe’s in their distribution centers. Rutgers University evaluators found “Of all the programs designed to place people with disabilities in employment that [we have] evaluated to date, Bridges demonstrated the greatest success in job placement…Bridges’ demand-driven approach to filling positions – starting with the company’s job openings…means that employers do not have to sacrifice performance.” In the program’s first 12 months Lowe’s hired 119 employees with disabilities. A majority met or exceeded all of Lowe’s performance standards, with turnover lower than other Lowe’s employees. After 18 months, Lowe’s committed to expanding the program nationally, thus multiplying its impact.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carol Glazer
CEO Term Start Oct 2008
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Carol Glazer joined the National Organization on Disability (NOD) in July 2006 as the Executive Director of its National EmployAbility Partnership. She became NOD’s President in October, 2008. Under Carol’s leadership, NOD has forged many important relationships with leading businesses, allied disability organizations, the military, and philanthropic institutions. She put in place NOD’s signature employment demonstrations, Wounded Warrior Careers and Bridges to Business.

For seven years prior to joining NOD, Carol was a program development and management consultant to foundations, universities, and nonprofit organizations working to improve conditions in inner-city communities. Before consulting, Carol served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation from 1996 to 1999.

From 1985 through 1996, Carol was a senior manager at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. At LISC, Carol held various positions related to LISC’s growth from a nonprofit with 30 staff members and $20 million in assets, to a 500+ staff, $3 billion bank for inner city housing, economic development and quality of life projects.

Early in her career, Carol owned and operated a restaurant and ice cream parlor in the state of Oregon. Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and in 2012, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Allegheny College for her work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. She has two children, one of whom was born with hydrocephalus and has physical and cognitive disabilities.

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Howard Green Deputy Director, Professional Services

Howard Green, Deputy Director of Professional Services, is a nationally-recognized expert in building relationships between companies and the rehabilitation programs that serve many people with disabilities. During his tenure with NOD, Green has assisted a number of corporations mount successful disability employment initiatives, such as Lowe’s, Toys"R"Us, Inc. and Kroger. He is a sought-after trainer on the employment of people with disabilities and has been recognized by the National Rehabilitation Association and National Association of Rehabilitation Leaders.

He received the R.N. Anderson Award for Leadership by the Virginia Rehabilitation Association, as well as the USBLN National Partner of the Year Award in 2004. Mr. Green has been active with the US Chamber of Commerce, VCU Business Roundtable, US Business Leadership Network (BLN), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In addition, he currently serves on the advisory board for the Virginia BLN.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was also on the faculty for 20 years, and is a published author on employment for people with disabilities. He began his career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and has managed employment programs and job coaches.

Ms. Sue Meirs Chief Operating Officer

Sue Meirs serves as Chief Operating Officer and oversees the National Organization on Disability’s suite of professional services, ensuring delivery of best-in-class disability employment products and services with high impact and exceptional quality to NOD’s corporate clients.

Prior to joining NOD, Sue was a COO and salesperson at Barclays. Her team created Barclays’ first diversity related investment products, the Return on Disability ETN and the Women in Leadership ETN, translating corporate social responsibility into bottom-line results for investors. Sue was co-head of Reach, Barclays’ disability employee network group, and initiated its disability recruiting efforts. As a salesperson, Sue’s focus was providing bespoke investment solutions to institutional money managers.

Sue is a sought after expert on the intersection between diversity and inclusion and ROI. In addition to speaking engagements at leading financial and management conferences, like the Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA), High Water Women Impact Investing Symposium, and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Sue has provided commentary to major publications including Bloomberg, Money, and The Washington Post, among others.

Sue holds an ScB in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Ms. Felicia Nurmsen Managing Director, Employer Services

Felicia M. Nurmsen serves as Managing Director of Employer Services, where she oversees NOD’s suite of Professional Services, which brings disability employment initiatives to leading companies, and our innovative program, Campus to Careers, which brings professional-level talent with disabilities to hiring businesses. Felicia brings over 20 years of experience making the connection for business to the untapped talent pool of people with disabilities. Most importantly, she has experienced the value of disability inclusion in her own business and through her work in the staffing industry, has created talent acquisition programs dedicated to mitigating talent gaps while increasing integrated, competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Previously, Felicia founded her own consulting practice focused on the design and delivery of corporate disability training and education programs, business engagement for the public sector and various topics to support corporate disability inclusion as a pillar of diversity. Prior to founding Inclusive Workforce Strategies, LLC, Felicia was Government Solutions Executive & National Access2Ability Leader for ManpowerGroup where she developed and directed their national disability employment program, leading to ManpowerGroup being named a Disability Equality Index “Best Places to Work in the U.S”. Felicia served on the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy Circle of Champions, U.S. Business Leadership Network Corporate Advisory Board and created national strategic partnerships with leading government agencies, community-based organizations and employer networks to support internal & external talent sourcing objectives.

Throughout her career, Felicia has served on various boards and been recognized by numerous organizations for her work. She is a seasoned presenter, adapting to her audience to drive her message while making the connection relevant and compelling and has presented at local, state and national conferences on disability and workforce development topics.

Mr. Marcos Ortiz Director of Finance and Administration Marcos Ortiz brings 20 years of experience leading complex accounting and financial operations for the nonprofit sector. He previously served as the Director of Fiscal Affairs for the NYC Department of Transportation and Chief Financial Officer for ORT America & Women's American ORT Foundation. Marcos is a Marine veteran, having served 8 years active duty in the US Marine Corps.


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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
Charity Navigator - 4 Star Rating (2013) 2014
Charity Navigator 2013
Charity Navigator 2012
Charity Navigator - 4 Star Rating (2013) 2011
Charity Navigator - 4 Star Rating (2013) 2010
Charity Navigator 2009
Charity Navigator - 4 Star Rating (2013) 2008
Charity Navigator 2007
Charity Navigator 2006
Charity Navigator 2005


Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

COSD has developed a highly respected approach to effectively connecting employers seeking talent with college students and graduates with disabilities. NOD and COSD are collaborating to help companies identify, recruit and retain larger numbers of college-educated people with disabilities.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 69%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
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 --
State Registration --

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 Governor Tom Ridge
Board Chair Company Affiliation President & CEO, Ridge Global LLC; First Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Former Governor of Pennsylvania
Board Chair Term Jan 2006 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rohini Anand Senior Vice President & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo Voting
Daryl Brewster CEO, CECP Voting
Douglas R. Conant Founder & CEO, Conant Leadership; Former President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company Voting
Dr. Ronald Copeland Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Kaiser Permanente Voting
Carol Glazer President, NOD Voting
Robert David Hall Actor & Disability Advocate Voting
Brad Hopton Partner, PwC; Disability Inclusion Networks Partner Champion Voting
Jeffrey Kellan Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Toys'R'Us Voting
Harold W. McGraw III Chairman Emeritus, S&P Global Voting
Michele C. Meyer-Shipp Esq. Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial Inc. Voting
John M. Quain Esq. Former Attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (BIPC), Energy Sector Voting
Governor Tom Ridge President & CEO, Ridge Global LLC; First Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Voting
Robert J. Saner II, Esq. Counsel to NOD; Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC NonVoting
Michael Stein Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability Voting
Bobby Sturgell Senior Vice President, Rockwell Collins Voting
Luke Visconti Founder & CEO, DiversityInc Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 12
Other (if specified): Person with a Disability
Gender Female: 5
Male: 21
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 63%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 8%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Compensation
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $3,004,655.00
Projected Expense $3,004,655.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,893,354 $3,635,560 $4,325,446
Total Expenses $3,097,942 $3,120,303 $3,007,390

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $260,788 $320,217 $330,387
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $260,788 $320,217 $330,387
Individual Contributions $1,257,968 $3,262,781 $3,863,890
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $363,850 $69,103 $129,286
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,220 $-16,541 $310
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $8,528 -- $1,573

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $2,371,993 $2,469,225 $2,486,591
Administration Expense $530,576 $394,997 $300,240
Fundraising Expense $195,373 $256,081 $220,559
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.61 1.17 1.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 79% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 7% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $4,224,984 $5,412,046 $4,876,744
Current Assets $4,180,884 $5,386,909 $4,874,663
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $176,066 $158,540 $138,495
Total Net Assets $4,048,918 $5,253,506 $4,738,249

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

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 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 23.75 33.98 35.20

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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