Prevent Blindness Florida
800 Second Avenue South
Suite 390
St. Petersburg FL 33701
Mission

The mission of Prevent Blindness Florida is to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

We promote a lifetime of healthy sight through direct services, public health awareness, and advocacy. Prevent Blindness Florida is the only statewide organization that provides free vision screenings, medical exams, and prescription glasses; we have also helped patients obtain free vision surgery. Our public awareness campaigns and advocacy inform adults of the need for routine eye exams for children and adults, sports and industrial safety, and aging eye blindness threats.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joanne Lighter
Board Chair Mr Kevin Bakewell
Board Chair Affiliation AAA - The Auto Club Group
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Prevent Blindness Florida
Former Names
National Society to Prevent Blindness - Florida Affiliate
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2017
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $606,500.00
Projected Expenses $592,457.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Maria's StoryView
Darrel's storyView
Church Thank youView
Impact Statement

Prevent Blindness Florida has provided sight-saving services to
hundreds of thousands of Floridians since 1957. In calendar year 2013 overall, PBF screened 6,500 children and adults and referred over 4,000 (61%) for medical examinations and glasses. In Sarasota County alone, PBF screened monthly at two Health Department locations - Ringling Blvd. and 17th Street clinics. We screened 611 individuals and referred 507 for exams and glasses - an 83% referral rate for a follow-up. Exams provided by Sarasota County physician partners include Dr. Susan LaGreca Beck, OD; Dr Thomas Blom,OD, Dr. Steven Bovio, OD. Our Sarasota County optical eyewear partners include Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision Center, Optical Outlets and Target Opticals. These services are vital for employment, as adult vision services are not required under the Affordable Care Act and glasses enable an individual to drive, work, and read. For seniors who are at heightened risk for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, our screenings catch emerging sight risks that may not be identified during routine annual physicals. While schools screen children four times during childhood, a child’s eyesight can change profoundly in just a few months. Children, whose vision problems go undetected often display fatigue, fidgeting, and
frustrations in the classroom, which can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities. An estimated 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem. The impact of our work is significant. At a cost of $139 billion nationally in 2013, eye disorders and vision loss are among the costliest health conditions currently facing the U.S. Statistics show most people, estimated at about 75% of the population with vision impairment, just need prescription glasses or magnifying “reading”glasses. Given that 50% of blindness is preventable, our work has a lifetime impact on those we serve.

Needs Statement

Our screenings at the Sarasota County Health Dept. locations have become well known, but we have more requests for services than we can meet. Thousands of low-income, uninsured and possibly homeless adults and children in Sarasota and Manatee counties need our services. We need funding and local Board members to support our work with targeted funding and community involvement.

 

  1. Continue and expand our vision screening services, medical exams and prescription glasses; at an 83% referral rate in Sarasota County, there is a great need; the average cost of screening one individual is $30.
  2. Expand area partnerships with programs that serve individuals who do not have financial means to seek vision services, including agencies that serve the homeless, victims of domestic violence at SPARCC, the Salvation Army, and youth services.
  3. Engage Board members from the Sarasota community to assist us in planning, fundraising, and partnerships with area agencies. In the past, Sarasota has been represented by Isabel Norton, and Michael Pender, who currently serves on the Prevent Blindness America Board.
  4. Sponsor fundraising events. Our last major Sarasota Person of Vision Dinner honored the four presidents of Sarasota and Manatee colleges and universities.

 

Background Statement

Prevent Blindness America was founded in 1908 with a Board that included Helen Keller. Its mission – to prevent blindness and preserve sight – extended the work begun earlier in blind services when founders realized that at least 50% of all blindness is preventable. Mildred Baynard joined the effort in 1957, establishing an independent Florida affiliate – first in Pinellas County, and growing it to a statewide agency with multiple community offices. Mrs. Baynard called many volunteers into action to screen school children across the state for amblyopia and vision loss. Much of that work is now handled by school nurses. We do, though, actively screen children in many settings such as community centers, health fairs, and through our work with homeless and domestic violence programs.

Our longevity has allowed us to see hundreds of thousands of Floridians, including many who have no access to vision care which they desperately need. In 2005, PBF established a partnership with the Florida Department of Health to provide vision screenings and eye health and safety education to individuals who seek health care services at county health department clinics. We create awareness about the importance of vision care for all ages through seminars, vision screening, special events, public service announcements, brochures, and our web site.

Historically our public health promotions have utilized community engagement strategies. We launched the Person of Vision Award in Jacksonville in 1979, and we have honored well over 60 of Florida’s leaders during the past 35 years. We are also well known for our “Most Beautiful Eyes” Campaign. Initiated as a local contest, it is now promoted through social media and website participation that highlights the important of good vision.

Our support has traditionally come through contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. We have received significant funding through foundation initiatives, and general operating support through events. In 2002, PBF was selected to receive the state's voluntary check off program through the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles; donors can contribute $1 or more at the time of renewing their vehicle registration tag or their driver’s license. PBF has also been recognized by Charity Navigator as a "Multi-Star Charity." AAA-The Auto Club Group recognizes PBF as a valuable community charity by providing free office space in its St. Petersburg office building.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Manatee
FL-Pinellas
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Prevent Blindness Florida has an emphasis in the counties of: Hillsborough, Manatee, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Health Care
Secondary Org Type Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I have been a community volunteer for Prevent Blindness for a number of years, and would welcome any donor’s support of our work. I am deeply impressed with the efficiency and effectiveness of our work – both in impact for those we serve, as well as how economically our philanthropic support is used and leveraged with in kind services from physicians and optical providers.

The simple gift of eye wear can change a person’s life instantly – helping them to read, drive, work, and care for family. As a 39-year employee of AAA-The Auto Club Group, I am keenly aware of the special challenges of seniors in Florida – both in maintaining the ability to drive safely, and to lead an independent life. PBF’s public information campaigns and direct service to our aging population has helped identify and refer numerous cases of vision challenges that might otherwise have gone undetected until it was too late to save that person’s vision.

The past few years have been challenging for our organization, and we were fortunate to have financial reserves to help us through the challenges of the economic downturn. Our Board, in retaining our new CEO, has recommitted itself to enhancing our services while re-establishing PBF as a statewide organization. Our vision to become the recognized Florida leader in vision education, public health awareness, screening, and access to care is grounded in our 57-year history and in our understanding that vision loss is one of the greatest threats to the general health of our nation at a cost of $139 billion annually.

I commit to each of our donors that we will use your investment in Prevent Blindness Florida wisely and effectively to help adults return to work, children to enjoy learning, and seniors to maintain independence. AAA has been a sponsor of PBF's work for several decades, partnering to attract support through the DMV check off programs and as a sponsor of community activities such as the Person of Vision Award and Light the Night for Sight walks. Our employees have been engaged in PBF activities, and heartily support AAA's continued involvement. We have been joined in these efforts by numerous sponsors, including Premier Eye Care and Transitions Optical.

So I invite you to join us in providing sight-saving services to our neighbors in the Sarasota- Manatee area. On behalf of our Board, staff, and all those who benefit, I thank you for considering Prevent Blindness Florida for your philanthropic support. We welcome your personal partnership!

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Your support can help your neighbors in a very direct way. Every $30 received gives the gift of sight to a child or adult, and is leveraged several times over with the pro bono services of a vision professional eye exam and the optical industry’s gift of free eye wear.

Building on our 57 years of community involvement, Prevent Blindness Florida provides an essential vision services for adults and children who have no financial ability to have an eye examination or to obtain glasses. Our public information campaigns about eye health and safety, screenings and referrals to our network of vision professionals, provision of free eye wear all open the door to a life of learning, driving, and personal independence for many. As Florida is the state with the highest average age in America, our work on behalf of seniors is critical. We inform and educate aging men and women about the threat of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration – all with the potential of blindness if left untreated.

We have cast a vision for our future: To become the recognized Florida leader in vision education, public health awareness, screening, and access to care. We will accomplish this through our already-established community partnerships with agencies, Health Departments, vision physicians, and the optical industry as well as our partnerships with Lions Eye Institute for Research and Transplant, Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, the Florida Student Nurse Association, and USF medical students. These relationships will be enhanced with place-based service delivery and volunteer screener partnerships to provide on-the-ground services. Our public health messaging will be enhanced through social media campaigns that highlight specific vision messages about health and eye safety, including the newly launched See Jane See campaign to inform women of their heightened vision threats.

Our Board welcomes the partnership of donors, community partners, and government-sponsored public health initiatives. Together, we can prevent blindness and preserve sight.

Programs
Description

Through a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Health, Prevent Blindness Florida offers screenings at local clinics. Screenings for adults and children, and vision education information would be available to community members. People without health care are more vulnerable to eye problems. These can range from serious diseases that blind, to simply being tested and fitted for prescription eyeglasses. PBF works tirelessly to educate, encourage diagnosis, and plan vision screenings. People are tested for acuity, strabismus, and eye diseases. People who fail a screening are referred for eye exams with an eye care professional. The majority of people are lucky enough to only need eye glasses, while others may require treatment to correct a serious ocular problem or disease. This free screening can be offered at partner organizations. PBF will conduct the free vision screening and assist with exams and glasses.  For a $2,000 funding allocation, PBF can screen 45 individuals.

Budget $25,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Victims
Short Term Success Prevent Blindness Florida works with its partners to assist people who need vision care. Free eye exams and glasses are available for those who qualify.Those who need assistance are qualified to receive support such as an eye exam or glasses from PBF. About 75 percent of adults have had their vision corrected and the majority of them wear glasses. More than half of all women wear glasses, while the numbers are slightly less for men. After receiving glasses, over 50% report improvements in tasks such as reading. 
Long Term Success

Children whose vision problems go undetected often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustrations in the classroom. These traits can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Doctors believe about 80 percent of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem. It is estimated that 50% of blindness is preventable. Over 80% of children who receive glasses improve at least 1 grade level in school. Over 80% of adults with glasses report improvements with reading, driving and daily tasks.  PBF tracks all people who are screened. We collect data on referrals. Applications received are linked to an eye care professional.

Program Success Monitoring
Success is monitored by tracking pass and referral clients. PBF measures the number of children and adults linked to eye care professionals. Last year PBF screened 8,235 people and worked with over 5,500 to gain success with vision health. PBF assisted over 3,000 with their direct program to help peopl receive eye exams and glasses.
Program Success Examples Darrell lives at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, a voluntary residential program where clients receive counseling and Bible classes. And he went to a free vision screening funded by the Allegany Franciscan Ministries and conducted by Prevent Blindness Florida. Prevent Blindness provided him with a voucher for a free eye exam with an optometrist and included the prescription glasses. At that appointment, he learned that he needed cataract surgery. And, not just in one eye, but both eyes would need corrective care. He scheduled an appointment with an ophthalmologist. The diagnosis was confirmed. The surgery, however, was another issue. It’s an expensive procedure, covered by insurance, which he did not have, but rarely by charities. Prevent Blindness Florida helped link Darrell to care. The board and staff reached out to numerous supporters, pleading Darrell’s case. His commitment to turning his life around would be seriously hampered without eyesight.
Description Prevent Blindness Florida offers children in transient situations vision screenings. Sometimes these children are victims of abuse. Children who lack good health habits often suffer from vision loss. A screening can be a source for early detection. The screenings will detect the need to seek care from a doctor. Vision screenings are designed to support the work of  ophthalmologists and optometrists by referring children with potential vision problems for diagnosis and treatment. Free eye exams and glasses are available for those who qualify. This program will be offered with partner agencies who support children in transitional situations. These children are often in great need of health care. The opportunity to see an eye doctor and receive prescription glasses can change their lives.
Budget $30,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success
People who fail a screening are referred for eye exams with an eye care professional. The majority of people are lucky enough to only need eye glasses, while others may require treatment to correct a serious ocular problem or disease. A free screening offered organizations for children allows the family/guardian to discuss eye health with a trained consultant. Those who need assistance are qualified to receive support such as an eye exam or glasses from PBF. It is estimated that 50% of blindness is preventable. Over 80% of children who receive glasses improve at least 1 grade level in school.
Long Term Success
A pair of prescription glasses offers hope to a child. Often, it can change their lives. The ability to see brings a brighter future. PBF tracks all screened and ensures referrals have consultations on how to link to an eye care professional. For children who improve their vision, their lives often improve.
Program Success Monitoring
We target to link 70% to eye care professionals. We track all screenings for passes, referrals, gender and race. We contact parents or guardians to ensure all children received their glasses. We replace broken glasses.
Program Success Examples
A simple screening turned out to be significant for a little girl named Maria. After her examination, a specialist diagnosed a critical condition that required surgery. PBF arranged for a team at Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota to do the procedure. Maria remarked after her recovery how much she could see that she never saw before. Maria isn’t alone. Getting treatment early is key. Children whose vision problems go undetected often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustrations in the classroom. These traits can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Doctors believe about 80 percent of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.  
Description The Vision to Succeed Medical Staff Program partners with local pediatricians. Prevent Blindness Florida’s project provides resources and training on a unique screening tool to pediatric physician’s office staff ensuring children receive appropriate vision referrals. The staff learns how to screen a child for Strabismus, a serious eye problem in children sometimes named “lazy eye”. Using a tool called the Random Dot E kit, pediatrician staff can quickly and easily screen a child for this potential vision crisis. Children can also benefit greatly from learning the importance of eye safety associated with UV rays. Children should not be exposed to sunlight without eye glass protection. The need to educate children and their parents on the importance of sunglasses and safety glasses is tremendous in the community. PBF distributes sunglasses to medical staff for needy children. Many would not have protection from UV rays.
Budget $20,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families
Short Term Success
PBF's program will provide improvement for early detection. Learning a child may need to see an eye care professional while at a pediatrician office would offer this benefit. This also encourages a relationship with PBF allowing offices to have a vision contact for marginalized children.
Long Term Success
PBF expects to enhance medical staff in the community. This program would provide them with a tool for a simple vision screening. Providing sunglasses to needy children will provide long term protection from UV rays.
Program Success Monitoring
The program is monitored by tracking offices, referrals and screenings provided. Dates and numbers are reported by the offices. PBF keeps this data on file.
Program Success Examples
Examples of success would be many children learn about eye safety, wearing sunglasses and eye health.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Imagine not being able to see to hold a job, perform daily tasks or learn in school. Imagine not being able to see the faces of your loved ones or the world around you. These are very real challenges for people who do not have access to, or who cannot afford, vision care. Without vision correction, adults and children lives are negatively impacted. A vision screening can determine the need to seek the care of an eye doctor. Statistics show most people, estimated at about 75% of the population with vision impairment, just need prescription glasses or magnifying “reading” glasses. The need is great. A pair of prescription glasses will change how an individual perceives the world. PBF seeks funding to support our project to screen marginalized adults who lack access to vision care.

 

The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases. The number of Americans at risk for age-related eye diseases is increasing as the baby-boomer generation ages. These conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, affect more Americans than ever before.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joanne Lighter
CEO Term Start Oct 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email jlighter@preventblindnessfl.org
Experience

Joanne Olvera Lighter,President & CEO, joined Prevent Blindness Florida in October 2013. She served as President & CEO of The Spring of Tampa Bay, one of Florida’s largest domestic violence programs with 160 emergency shelter and transitional housing beds. The agency won numerous awards for overall agency excellence, business re-engineering, and social marketing campaigns. She served seven years as the Founding President & CEO of Allegany Franciscan Ministries, awarding over $40M in grants, leveraged with $100M in public and private dollars to organizations in Tampa Bay, Miami-Dade, the Palm Beach area, and internationally. She was the Founding Chair and Co-Founder of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Her early career was at the University of Rochester as a full-term member of the $102 Million Campaign for Rochester; Director of Annual Giving at West Virginia University Foundation; and Founding Executive Director of Sun Coast Hospital Foundation. In 1991, she founded The Lighter Company consulting firm that represented over 50 premiere Florida agencies. She is a member of the 2001 Leadership America, and The Athena Society of women leaders. She was Founding Co-Chair of the Prosperity Campaign for Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, and was a member of the Homeless Leadership Board in Pinellas County, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legislative Committee, and the Executive Committee of the USF Harrell Center on Family Violence. A member of the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, she helped create the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame. She served on the national Board of NETWORK, the Donors Forum of South Florida and chaired the Funders Forum of Tampa Bay. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was a piano performance major at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and attended Governor’s School of North Carolina, orchestral flute.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mrs. Sarah Jordan-Holmes Feb 1994 - July 2006
James Tobin Jan 2007 - May 2013
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Leslie Bailey Vice President
Ms. Jennifer Whittington Program Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 1
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Prevent Blindness Florida has many active partners. PBF's most significant partnership is the Florida Department of Health. They provide PBF with a community facility to offer vision screenings. This partnership is a valuable resource to learn about how to protect their sight and obtain a vision screening. The facility provides the space for PBF certified vision screeners to meet with clients, provide education, to collect data and vision screen. After the screening, a consultation is provided with a screener for those who are referred to an eye care professional. Our years of experience have indicated the clients usually correct their low vision with a pair of prescription glasses.

 

Many local organizations have reached out to request help with their clients for eye care and glasses. PBFwill continue to work closely with local organizations such as Salvation Army, First Step, Resurrection House, Bethesda and the local women's abuse shelter to offer our services in addition to the clinics. PBF also has many eye care professionals who offer services to PBF clients. Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision and others work with PBF consistently. The engaged doctors are willing to deliver services to help the under-served. PBF has a history of success in developing long-term relationships.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Prevent Blindness America1957
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best Practices, Brand Awareness CampaignPrevent Blindness America2008
Non-Profit of the Year, Health Services CategoryTampa Bay Business Journal2006
Top Nationwide Fundraiser, Wal-mart Campaign to Save SightPrevent Blindness America2006
Top Nationwide Fundraiser, Wal-mart Campaign to Save SightPrevent Blindness America2005
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Disability Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 4
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2009
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization Prevent Blindness Florida (PBF), founded in 1957, has a passion to preserve sight. We screen the vision of thousands of adults and children each year. Our vision screenings help children at risk of vision loss who depend on good vision for learning. We assist adults threatened by glaucoma, macular degeneration and other serious vision problems. We create awareness about the importance of vision care for all ages through seminars, vision screening, special events, public service announcements, brochures and our website. We support the work of scientists who will find tomorrow's cures for the eye diseases that threaten Americans with vision loss and blindness.

 

What is unique about our organization? PBF is comprehensive. We take vision from a education, screening to a completed service for those who need it. Vision loss can be prevented. But, it takes knowledge and vision health care to ensure a lifetime of good vision. PBF makes it possible for community members in Sarasota and Manatee to attend a vision screening twice each month. After a screening, anyone - child to adult - receives consultation. For those who are referred, they receive vouchers and assistance to see a doctor. That is what makes PBF a special non-profit. This comprehensive approach prevents blindness for thousands of people each year.  
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Kevin Bakewell
Company Affiliation AAA - The Auto Club Group
Board Term Apr 2014 to Mar 2016
Board Chair Email kbakewell@aaasouth.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jason Baer Transitions Optical
Mr. Kevin Bakewell AAA Auto Club South
Mr. Terry Challenger For Eyes Optical
Mr. Dave Cole Transitions Optical, Inc.
Mr. Gary Davis Pixel Optics
Mr. Patrick McNamara de la Parte and Gilbert, P.A.
Mr. Jeff Mortensen PediaVision
Dr. Stephen Schwartz Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Ms. Lorna Taylor Premier Eye Care
Mr. Tom Torgersen AIA Benefits
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

A challenge for PBF is to expand its reach through branding excellence. Although we have operated in the State of Florida for over 50 years, the brand of PBF is marginally known. The message PBF wants to communicate is to see an eye doctor on a regular basis. Most of the time, the result of an eye exam is a prescription for glasses that will correct a vision impairment. The name of our organization doesn’t suggest recipients of our programs will receive an eye exam and glasses. To address this, PBF is creating a "Membership Society" of eye care professionals who will assist us to promote knowledge of our organization. This marketing to patients and their care-givers will help build awareness of PBF as a resource for those who lack the ability to afford eye care. Another challenge is serving the overwhelming need for under-served adults to receive eye exams and glasses. Most services are offered to children only. Pro bono offerings by doctors are plentiful for children, but few want to assist adults. In our experience, donors are much more engaged around pediatric issues. The cost of an eye exam can vary significantly. It is usually different based on where you get your exam, including whether the exam is performed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Generally, eye exam costs can range from less than $60 (usually at a retail store or optical chain) to $100 or more (usually at a medical clinic or private eye doctor's office). Our target audience does not have the means to pay for these expensive services. To address this, PBF continues to seek donated exams from eye care professionals. 

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $606,500.00
Projected Expenses $592,457.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $155,248.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$113,742
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$113,742
Individual Contributions$457,765$307,110$661,833
$0$0$0
$29,692$24,211$17,355
Investment Income, Net of Losses$15,772$7,453$14,874
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$46,189$4,286$28,567
Revenue In-Kind$111,082$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$368,919$464,126$529,132
Administration Expense$100,614$129,792$107,826
Fundraising Expense$9,582$11,360$26,403
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$90,631
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.150.571.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%77%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%4%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$418,807$222,452$605,575
Current Assets$266,150$202,906$598,522
Long-Term Liabilities$73,501$0$0
Current Liabilities$22,679$94,274$221,406
Total Net Assets$322,627$128,178$384,169
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $457,765Contributions, gifts, grants $307,110Contributions, gifts, grants $661,833
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $46,189Eye Exam Fees $24,211Government Grants $113,742
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEye Exam Fees $29,692Investment income $7,453Fundraising $28,567
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.742.152.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets18%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization PBF’s accomplishments include visionary advocacy efforts evidenced by the voluntary "check-off" contributions on driver license and vehicle registration renewals. These efforts provide statewide visibility, as well as income, and allow us to work actively in the Sarasota and Manatee Counties delivering our services. This accomplishment demonstrates that we have outstanding programs, sound organizational capacity, fiscal strength, and a stable and visionary board of governors. PBF has the typical challenge of fundraising to meet its program needs. Other than the check-off, we receive funding through grants, special events and partnerships. PBF plans to have a major gift giving campaign in 2014.  PBF works with government officials at the local, state and national levels to make eye health and safety a local as well as national priority, and to encourage our vision screenings.  PBF's auditors communicate with the financial team on a regular basis to ensure quality control. We have a financial consultant review our Quickbooks work also on a regular basis.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Prevent Blindness Florida
Address 800 Second Avenue South
Suite 390
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Phone 813 874-2020 4021

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