Better Business Bureau Report for
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 700 Elm Street
  Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: 847-446-8111
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1920, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers about 100 distance education courses in a wide range of subjects and serves nearly 10,000 students each year from around the world. Hadley’s courses serve those who are blind or severely visually impaired, age 14 or older, who are able to study using the English language. Sighted blindness professionals, such as teachers and rehabilitation counselors, as well as family members of blind children or adults, also take Hadley courses. Courses are offered online (accessible with screen reader software), and in large print, braille and audio. Students have personal, one-on-one contact with their instructors via toll free phone calls and email. Hadley courses are tuition-free for students who are blind or visually impaired and their families. Particular areas of focus include braille literacy, accessible technology, and careers and entrepreneurship. Major initiatives include an employment and entrepreneurship training program and a program for older adults with low vision. The school is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired's program expenses were:

education and public awareness 5,487,158
Total Program Expenses: $5,487,158
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Chief Executive : Julie S Tye, President

Chair of the Board: Dewey B. Crawford
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Law

Board Size: 39

Paid Staff Size: 61

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,736,829, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
net change in unrealized gain/loss on investments 7,903,328
contributions 3,736,829
net realized gains on sales of investments 2,419,255
investment income 2,073,035
other 321,530
tuition 19,259
Total Income $16,473,236


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $16,473,236
Program expenses $5,487,158
Fund raising expenses 449,392
Administrative expenses 970,442
Total expenses $6,906,992
Income in Excess of Expenses 9,566,244
Beginning net assets 76,439,613
Ending net assets 86,005,857
Total liabilities 1,016,025
Total assets $87,021,882

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