America's worst charities

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In detail#32: American Association of the Deaf & Blind

Created in 1984, American Association of the Deaf and Blind raised nearly $1 million annually for years through fundraisers that kept about 75 percent of the proceeds. The group's stated mission is to help deaf and blind people live independent, productive lives.

In 2010, a new director ended the use of professional solicitors and now raises most of the charity's funds charging fees to host conferences. That year, the charity's donations dropped to about $130,000.

In the decade before dropping professional fundraisers, the charity raised a total of $10 million and spent no more than $8,000 in cash on the deaf and blind. The money left after fundraisers took their cut paid primarily for production of a braille magazine with a circulation of 600. The group also has held seminars for the deaf and blind.

The charity's officers did not respond to several requests for comments.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

American Association of the Deaf and Blind is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enable deaf-blind persons to achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity and integration into the community.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


American Association of the Deaf & Blind

Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Colorado 1 Suspension 0

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2012 pdf $47,257 0
2010 pdf $129,735 $48,934 $80,801 $110,947 $7,915 6.10% $131,419
2009 pdf $889,592 $613,917 $275,675 $202,107 $0 0.00% $190,957
2007 pdf $890,138 $584,465 $305,673 $176,341 $0 0.00% $190,957
2006 pdf $980,838 $673,329 $307,509 $177,549 $0 0.00% $661,618
2005 pdf $1,102,645 $731,085 $371,560 $147,976 $0 0.00% $266,064
2004 pdf $1,451,011 $1,048,659 $402,352 $88,205 $0 0.00% $146,776
2003 pdf $1,670,246 $1,382,107 $288,139 $83,040 $0 0.00% $597,909
2002 pdf $1,611,232 $1,351,145 $260,087 $40,955 $0 0.00% $126,781
2001 pdf $1,568,303 $1,320,182 $248,121 $39,025 $0 0.00% $117,067
zTOTALS $10,340,997 $7,753,823 $2,539,917 $1,066,145 $7,915 0.1% $2,429,548

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2009 United Deaf Services $889,592 $613,917 $275,675 30.99% telemark eting
2010 United Deaf Services $129,735 $48,934 $80,801 62.30% telemarketing