EIN 95-1641426

Braille Institute of America

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Braille Institute's mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. They provide an environment of hope and encouragement for people who are blind and visually impaired.
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Program areas at Braille Institute of America

(SEE SCHEDULE O)A. Through Braille Institute's Educational Services, 1,381 adults, ages 18 and older, participated in more than 71,000 hours of group classes in two core areas: 1) Daily Living Skills, which teaches adaptive techniques for completing everyday tasks that are critical to staying independent and maintaining quality of life, and 2) Arts & Healthy Living classes that support emotional and mental well-being. These include exercise, art, fall prevention, diabetic management, book clubs, discussion groups, and more. 1,739 additional adults (including Braille Institute students, low vision professionals, and other community members) attended a variety of seminars, workshops, and professional trainings. Our O&M specialists provided 4,297 one-on-one training sessions to 741 adults on how to prevent falls and safely navigate their environment using a white cane and sensory awareness. Our Independent Living Skills Instructors provided one-on-one instruction to 250 adults on adaptive techniques for completing routine tasks in the home on their own.B. Braille Institute's Youth Program helped 83 young people (ages 7-19) cultivate self-confidence, independence, and set goals for the future.C. Braille Institute's Child Development program for blind and visually impaired children (ages birth to 6) provided one-on-one services to 183 children and their families.D. Braille Institute's Low Vision Rehabilitation Occupational Therapists provided 4,437 one-on-one consultations to 1,850 adults.E. Braille Institute's Connection Pointe staff provided 3,964 one-one-one training sessions in the use of mainstream devices with adaptive features and specialized technologies designed for people with a vision impairment to 1,128 students.F. Braille Institute's award-winning national Braille Challenge competition, which tests braille competency skills, reached 853 students in grades 1-12. Our national orientation & mobility competition, Cane Quest, reached around 284 students in grades 3-12.
(SEE SCHEDULE O)Braille Institute's Special Collection had 8,351 subscribers this year. Program staff produced and distributed 1,493 "Dots for Tots" braille storybook kits (for preschool children ages 2-5) free to subscribers.
(SEE SCHEDULE O)Braille Institute's award-winning library is the official Southern California branch of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, a division of the Library of Congress. With a collection of more than 115,000 book titles in digital cartridge, braille, electronic, and large print formats, the Library is Braille Institute's most used service. This year we served 11,616 patrons. In addition to checking out 985,828 digital and braille books, Library patrons received one-on-one training in the use of accessible reading technologies. Braille Institute's comprehensive Library services are available through the main library in our Los Angeles headquarters and through our six centers (Anaheim, Coachella Valley, Laguna Hills, Riverside, San Diego, and Santa Barbara) and through partner institutions, which include senior living residences, public schools, and public libraries across the ten counties of Southern California.

Who funds Braille Institute of America

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Don and Lorraine Freeberg FoundationCharitable Activities$350,000
The Ahmanson FoundationFor Upgraded Training Equipment for the Library$260,000
Ken Soubry FoundationGeneral Fund$111,900
...and 98 more grants received totalling $2,288,007

Personnel at Braille Institute of America

James KalesChief Executive Officer$26,113
Debra MartinChief Financial Officer
Sandy ShinVice President Marketing and Communication$145,902
Maria ValdiviaVice President Technology$170,792
Gary JimenezVice President Development$227,609
...and 14 more key personnel

Financials for Braille Institute of America

RevenuesFYE 06/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$13,942,978
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$4,962,641
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$4,156,108
Net rental income$286,264
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$6,138,817
Net income from fundraising events$50,458
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$44,815
Total revenues$29,582,081

Form 990s for Braille Institute of America

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2023-062023-11-15990View PDF
2022-062022-11-10990View PDF
2021-062021-11-10990View PDF
2020-062021-10-16990View PDF
2019-062019-12-30990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
February 4, 2024
Received grants
Identified 25 new grant, including a grant for $111,900 from Ken Soubry Foundation
December 28, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2023
December 27, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
December 24, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
October 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 15 new grant, including a grant for $260,000 from The Ahmanson Foundation
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General information
741 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Metro area
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
Los Angeles County, CA
Website URL
(800) 272-4553
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
G40: Diseases of Specific Organs
NAICS code, primary
624190: Individual and Family Services
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