Better Business Bureau Report for
Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Visually Impaired Preschool Services
Address: 1906 Goldsmith Lane
  Louisville, KY 40218
Phone: 502-636-3207
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Visually Impaired Preschool Services provides a variety of educational and support services for blind and visually impaired children and their families including -- in-home early intervention --consultation to preschools and childcare centers --parent and infant classes --two year old toddler classes -- preschool classes, --pre K classes, --bi-monthly informational eblasts; quarterly newsletter and other resources, -- a family retreat weekend, and --an array of summer programs and other parent activities.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, VIPS's program expenses were:

Preschool Services 1,450,218
Total Program Expenses: $1,450,218
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Chief Executive : Diane M. Nelson, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: John Talbott
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 28

Paid Staff Size: 35

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, and cause-related marketing.

In addition, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Greater Louisville is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 24% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $754,619, 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 VIPS's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

Ending net assets as reported below include $2,402,809 in unrestricted net assets, $279,398 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $104,346 in permanently restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $2,016,208 invested in land, building and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 746,619
Net Assets Released from Restrictions 575,760
Fees 513,134
Local Government Grants 8,000
Interest Income 401
Other Gains/(Losses) -41
Loss on Sale of Fixed Assets -913
Total Income $1,842,960


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $1,842,960
Program expenses $1,450,218
Fund raising expenses 182,757
Administrative expenses 253,108
Total expenses $1,886,083
Expenses in Excess of Income (43,123)
Beginning net assets 2,847,546
Other Changes in Net Assets (17,870)
Ending net assets 2,786,553
Total liabilities 98,172
Total assets $2,884,725

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