We Are Accountable To You
At Perkins we know that with the right education and opportunity, a person who is blind can do almost anything a sighted person can. But they can't do it alone.
Thanks to the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, companies and charitable groups, Perkins' helped change the lives of over 650,000 people in 67 countries last year. Here are a few ways their gifts made an impact in fiscal year 2012:
The number of Massachusetts babies who are blind that got a better start in life thanks to in-home visits from our Early Intervention specialists.
The number of children, families and teachers that are getting access to life-changing educational opportunities from Perkins International.
The number of people who are living more independently thanks to state-of-the-art technology and hands-on training from Perkins Products.
Over 180 years of challenging what is possible
In these challenging economic times, Perkins is especially proud to assure our supporters we are making the most of each and every dollar and using innovation to grow our programs and reach more people. As a trusted leader in global education, you can give with confidence to Perkins and know that we use your dollars wisely, enabling individuals who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired to reach their fullest potential and achieve independence.
Charity Navigator – Your Guide to Intelligent Giving
Charity Navigator is America's largest independent, non-profit evaluator of charities. Its mission is "to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities." Each year, Charity Navigator evaluates Perkins' programs, administrative and fundraising expenses, as well as fundraising efficiency and program growth.
Receiving three out of a possible four stars indicates that a charitable organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. In achieving a three-star rating, Perkins demonstrates that it exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than peer organizations. See Perkins profile on Charity Navigator.
What does a BBB charity accreditation mean to you?
Perkins is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charity—meaning that we meet all of the alliance's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. This accreditation provides our supporters an additional reassurance that Perkins is accountable in its financial management and stewardship. Check the BBB's Confirmation for Perkins.
About the BBB & Wise Giving: The BBB Wise Giving Alliance is a national charity monitoring organization affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. The Alliance and its predecessor organizations have over a century of combined experience in charity evaluation.
Perkins Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Perkins received a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit award from GreatNonprofits.org thanks to a large number of positive reviews from volunteers, donors and constituents. By achieving this designation, Perkins demonstrates that we making a positive impact in the communities we serve. See reviews of Perkins on GreatNonprofits.org
About GreatNonprofits: GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Its mission is to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency.
Driving Social Change with The Giving Common
The Giving Common is an online database that allows nonprofit organizations to tell their story in their own words in an organized, detailed way. Although much of our region is thriving and vibrant, we know that there are also areas of great need. From providing health care and social safety nets to enhancing our lives through education and the arts, nonprofit organizations play a vital role across the state.
On the Giving Common you will find comprehensive information about these critical organizations to help you make informed giving decisions. We invite you to learn more about Perkins programs and see our latest financial information, including 990s and audited financials, on our Giving Common profile.
Thanks to our commitment to low overhead costs, eighty-three cents of every dollar donated supports programs and services for children and adults who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
Perkins undergoes a thorough and extensive audit annually by an independent accountancy firm. Every transaction is examined in detail and results in an audited financial statement. The auditors review income, expenses, grant making, endowment, investments, board decisions and board meeting minutes. The audited financial statements from the last five fiscal years are posted here for your review.
- 2011-2012 Audited Financials
- 2010-2011 Audited Financials
- 2009-2010 Audited Financials
- 2008-2009 Audited Financials
- 2007-2008 Audited Financials
As a nonprofit organization, Perkins is required by law to file a Form 990 federal tax return every year. Perkins Form 990's from the last four years are available on The Giving Common under our Financials tab.