EIN 13-5562162

Helen Keller International (HKI)

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Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition worldwide.
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Program areas at HKI

To prevent blindness, Helen Keller intl treats cataract, refractive error and diabetic retinopathy in the developing world, and also treats refractive error in poor communities in the us. At least 1.1 billion people suffer from blindness or vision impairments, and an incredible 90% of vision loss could have been prevented, treated or cured if people had access to adequate and affordable healthcare. Vision loss threatens the quality of life of children and family members. Children's learning can be so severely disrupted that they miss out on intellectual development, suffer from poor self-esteem, forego vital friendships, and never make up for lost time. Vision loss and blindness can cripple families' earnings and set them on a course for generations of poverty. By engaging students, parents, teachers, district administrators, local healthcare providers and community stakeholders, Helen Keller provides free-of-charge vision screenings and eyeglasses and medical treatments to students and adult family members in urban centers in the us where some of the most extreme health disparities exist; and to families in low-income communities around the world where low-capacity health systems simply do not reach those who are most vulnerable. Globally, more than 221,000 students and vulnerable adults had their vision screened by teachers, healthcare workers, and eye health clinicians trained and supported by Helen Keller intl, and, if required, received eyeglasses or more advanced care. In the united states alone, we screened the vision of more than 101,500 individuals living in some of our country's poorest communities and provided free eyeglasses to over 27,100 (or 27%) of them. In 13 countries around the world, Helen Keller is delivering vision-protecting vitamin a to millions of children, staving off blindness and building immune systems.
Another aspect of Helen Keller's work to prevent blindness and malnutrition is in controlling, preventing and managing the impact of neglected tropical diseases, which threaten the lives and wellbeing of millions of people. A cornerstone of the work is to administer medication that addresses conditions that lead to blindness (onchocerciasis and trachoma) and conditions that lead to malnutrition (schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths). We also provide medication to address a condition that leads to morbidity and disability (lymphatic filariasis). During 2022 alone, overcoming the continuing challenges presented by covid-19, Helen Keller worked with ministries of health to treat over 44.4 million individuals for at least one of these five diseases in six african countries (burkina faso, cameroon, guinea, mali, niger, nigeria and sierra leone) and bangladesh, contributing greatly to national efforts towards their control and elimination. Helen Keller is also involved in morbidity management and disability prevention related specifically to trachoma and lymphatic filariasis and is working to build the capacity of national government and sister organizations in this area in four african countries (mali, niger, nigeria and tanzania). In 2022 alone, we screened nearly 858,000 individuals for trachoma and supported surgery for close to 4,000 people affected by a blinding condition resulting from trachoma (trichiasis).
The world is facing one the worst nutrition crises in a generation, due to the multiplying effects of covid, climate change, and conflicts including the war in ukraine. These world events have severely disrupted the distribution of grain, seeds, fertilizer and fuel to low-income countries around the world and made nutritious food unaffordable or inaccessible to millions of people. Children and mothers are most at risk. To reduce malnutrition, Helen Keller intl partners with governments, communities, community health workers and community organizations in africa and asia pacific to reach infants and young children as well as their mothers and other vulnerable family members with training on farming, breastfeeding support, immune-building vitamin a, assessment and treatment of malnutrition and under-nutrition, and more. Helen Keller provided technical assistance to governments in twelve african countries to reach nearly 31.9 million children under five years of age with two doses of vitamin a supplements, more than doubling last year's reach. We also continued our support to governments and private sector companies in large scale food fortification in several countries across africa (burkina faso, nigeria, and senegal) to explore fortification of bouillon cubes. We estimate having reached more than 2.1 million families with better access to micronutrient rich foods since we first began supporting these approaches more than three decades ago.

Grants made by HKI

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Regents of the University of California / University of CaliforniaSupport for Nutrition Program$1,249,559
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief EVERYWHERESupport for Nutrition Program$667,866
Fhi 360 Disaster Relief FundSupport for Nutrition Program$208,667
...and 1 more grant made

Who funds Helen Keller International (HKI)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fhi 360Cancer Prevention Tech Development$14,784,575
GiveWellVitamin A Supplementation$14,686,489
Good Ventures FoundationInternational Work in Vitamin A Supplementation$7,059,000
...and 121 more grants received totalling $53,855,046
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$16,654,501
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$13,010,729
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$3,217,490
...and 15 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at HKI

Kathy SpahnPresident and Chief Executive Officer$401,881
Christopher LandryChief of Party , Suaahara$280,198
Jim CoxChief Operating Officer
Treena bishopChief of Party , Sapling$258,012
Nchacha EttaSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer , Essilor$0
...and 38 more key personnel

Financials for HKI

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$118,977,866
Program services$1,940,846
Investment income and dividends$49,830
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$72,345
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$27,991
Total revenues$121,068,878

Form 990s for HKI

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-062023-03-16990View PDF
2021-062022-03-21990View PDF
2020-062021-04-15990View PDF
2019-062021-01-21990View PDF
2018-062019-06-19990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
June 17, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 15, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
June 14, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 12, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
May 10, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsDisease research fundraisersInternational-focused organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
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General information
1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza FL 2
New York, NY 10017
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
New York County, NY
Website URL
(212) 532-0544
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
Q30: International Development, Relief Services
NAICS code, primary
813212: Health and Disease Research Fundraising Organizations
Parent/child status
Central organization
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