Better Business Bureau Report for
Cleveland Sight Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Cleveland Sight Center
Address: 1909 E 101 St
PO Box 1988
  Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-791-8118
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Cleveland Society for the Blind

Year, State Incorporated: 1909, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To empower people with vision loss to realize their full potential, and to shape the community's vision of that potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Cleveland Sight Center is an accredited non-profit agency founded in 1906 that provides prevention, educational, rehabilitation, and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, directly serving approximately 10,000 clients annually (in 66 out of Ohio's 88 counties) and many more indirectly through its radio-reading and community outreach programs. In addition to providing educational and rehabilitation services, CSC also offers social and recreational activities for its clients, hosts camping sessions at its summer camp Highbrook Lodge in Chardon, Ohio, and has a Low Vision Clinic. More than 100 specially trained staff members, including social workers, optometrists, certified vision rehabilitation therapists, orientation and mobility instructors, occupational therapists, educators, nurses, and other professionals work to help individuals with vision loss to live and work independently.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010, CSC's program expenses were:

Program 7,320,522
Total Program Expenses: $7,320,522
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Chief Executive : Steven M. Friedman, Ph.D., President and Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Andrew L. Sikorovsky, Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President-Investment Officer, Compass Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC

Co-Chair of the Board : Michael D. Lundin

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Head of Operations, Resilience Capital Partners

Co-Chair of the Board : William L. Spring

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner, Ziegler Metzger

Board Size: 67

Paid Staff Size: 144

*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, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,748,195, 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 CSC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Investment Income 4,043,634
Revenue 3,253,714
Gains/Losses on Investments 3,137,557
Public Support and Revenue 2,918,830
Change in Beneficial Trusts 536,423
Contributions To Capital Campaign 277,265
Change in Annuity Agreements 15,677
Total Income $14,183,100


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 14%  Other Expenses: 4%

Total income $14,183,100
Program expenses $7,320,522
Fund raising expenses 503,282
Administrative expenses 1,336,535
Other Expenses 354,498
Total expenses $9,514,837
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,668,263
Beginning net assets 69,336,796
Other Changes in Net Assets (2,414,303)
Ending net assets 71,590,756
Total liabilities 1,863,657
Total assets $73,454,413

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