Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI)

Building Brighter Futures for People with Vision Loss

aka Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  www.cincyblind.org

Mission

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) has the mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence.

Ruling year info

1960

President/CEO

Ms. Teri J. Shirk

Main address

2045 Gilbert Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45202 USA

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EIN

31-0538511

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One of CABVI's greatest challenges has to do with changes in Federal purchasing programs that affect our social enterprise programs and our ability to employ more people who are blind or visually impaired. We are experiencing on-going changes in state funding as well as local United Way funding for our programs and services. The agency is necessarily working towards greater efficiencies and less reliability on the Federal government as a customer for our products that are created through the Industries Program. We are also working on stream-lining all of our processes to become more flexible and adaptable whenever we need to make changes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vision Rehabilitation Services

Helping people of all ages adapt to vision loss. Includes Early Childhood and Youth Services, Low Vision Services, Access Technology, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Social Services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Includes talking book machines, radio reading services, personalized talking print services and volunteer services to provide personal readers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Includes industries program and office supply social enterprise, called VieAbility. CABVI provides employment for people who are blind or visually impaired by creating products and services for commercial and government markets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CABVI provides contract close-out employment for people who are blind or visually impaired in several locations around the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation 2010

Association for Education and Rehab. of Blind & Visually Impaired (AER) Accreditation 2021

Awards

2011 Non-profit of the Year Award 2011

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Small Business Excellence Awards

2018 BBB Torch Award Winner 2018

BBB Center for Ethics

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of cases monitored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health

Related Program

Vision Rehabilitation Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric is an unduplicated count of people served through CABVI's Vision Services, including information and referral contacts at public education events.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessarily complicated all operations and especially our social enterprises
due to the need to maintain safe distance between all of our employees. We are creatively and patiently
innovating our way to provide solutions to issues that arise during these challenging times.

Our goal is to maintain optimal quality services for people who are blind or visually impaired as well as a safe and comfortable working environment for our volunteers and employees while adapting to changes as needed.

CABVI’s board and staff leadership developed a 3-year strategic plan to guide us through 2020-2022, and then a revised 2021-2022 plan. CABVI’s vision of "Ensuring full lives and community inclusion" is the central focus of our current plan which guides us to become better at understanding and responding to our clients and customers individual needs so we can better empower them to lead more independent lives.
To achieve our vision, the plan has four major objectives:
Leveraging innovation to inspire and earn stakeholders.
Changing CABVI's economic engine to provide predictable financial sustainability.
Increasing our service offerings to underserved, underutilized and disadvantaged individuals.
Ensure CABVI has the IT/Software systems necessary to support strategic initiatives and to create a data-driven culture agency-wide.

CABVI was honored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation's largest employment resource for people who are blind, with the 2020 Employment Growth Award. The award recognizes CABVI's efforts to
increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.

CABVI was the 2018 BBB Torch Award Winner in the non-profit category for outstanding ethics.

CABVI is accredited by the accreditation program of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). CABVI received its 5-year re-accreditation in July 2021 and it is effective through July 2026.

CABVI is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity that meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. This review process was renewed in 2020.

CABVI received the 2011 Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Small Business Excellence Awards.

We are on track to meet the goals outlined in our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. We measure specific outcome criteria and report them to our Board of Directors on a monthly basis. We also report to all supporters and community members in our Annual Report each year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI)

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Glen Vogel

PriceWaterhouse Cooper LLP (Retired)

Term: 2024 - 2021

Roger Caldwell

Fidelity Investments (Retired)

Henry Daniels

GE Aviation

Brenda Gumbs

Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. (Retired)

Angelene Jamison-Hall

University of Cincinnati (Retired)

Deborah Kendrick

Freelance Journalist

Patricia Laub

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Timothy Powell

Horan Securities Inc.

Mary Rust

Attorney at Law

Kelly Schlafman

Proctor & Gamble Company

Stefanie Smith

Fifth Third Bank

Simon Sotelo

PNC Bank

Hale Thurston, Ph.D.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Glen Vogel

Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (Retired)

John Tolos

Lions Club Civic Leader

Tim Smith

Tim Smith Design

Kim Ravenhall

GE Aviation

Luke Lindsell, M.D.

Cincinnati Eye Institute

Robin Chadwick

Hand in Hand Realty

Michael Lichstein, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Anne Pezel

Freestore Foodbank

Norma Rashid

University of Cincinnati

Benjamin Rosensweet

Byline Bank

Patti Bresler

PB Design

Lee Cassiere

Kroger Company

Dennis Dern

GE Aviation (retired)

Joe Sgro

Midwest Eye Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/22/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.