PLATINUM2023

Beyond Blindness

Empower children with visual impairments and other disabilities to achieve their fullest potential

Santa Ana, CA   |  https://www.beyondblindness.org/

Mission

To empower children with visual impairments and other disabilities to achieve their fullest potential.

Ruling year info

1964

President and CEO

Angie Rowe

Main address

18542-B Vanderlip Avenue

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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EIN

95-6097023

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To better serve the children and families of Orange County, Beyond Blindness has set a new 5-year strategic plan to expand programs and increase the number of clients served. Our new 5-year strategic plan states: By end of FY27, Beyond Blindness will be the go-to provider for blind and visually impaired children and their families in the Greater Orange County area serving 2680 children and family members.

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?

Early Intervention Services

Essential early intervention to help your infant or toddler achieve their fullest potential. Early Intervention is crucial as it helps children overcome obstacles and delays caused by a visual impairment. The members of the Beyond Blindness team are experts in early intervention and are leading the charge to change the lives of children with visual impairments and other disabilities throughout Orange County and beyond. ​Home-based early intervention and vision stimulation is essential in helping your child meet his or her important milestones. During weekly home visits from Infant Development Specialists, families are provided with parent education and support for children with visual impairments and other disabilities that address developmental delays and help promote growth and learning for your child.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Beyond Blindness’ Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Specialists promise to be a resource to your family throughout your entire journey, building meaningful relationships with you and your child along the way. ​Our highly experienced Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) work closely with your child, both in your family’s home and at your child’s school to provide instruction in Braille or low vision modalities, and adaptive technology training. TVIs get to know and care for your child and ensure that lesson plans are appropriately adapted to meet the individual needs of each student.

Population(s) Served
Children

Our Family Support services not only offer necessary and comforting support to parents, grandparents, siblings, children and more in the form of education & training and inclusive family events, but they also help provide guidance, a sense of community, and more. Families are welcomed to Beyond Blindness with a comprehensive onboarding process designed to establish each family’s “Journey of Care” based on individual need and diagnosis. Families always have access to a licensed social worker and will receive ongoing wellness checks to identify emerging needs. We aim to empower children and their families at every step of their journey. ​

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Family relationships

Where we work

Awards

Stellar Support of Students 2013

California State University, Fullerton-Center for Internships & Community Engagement

V-Award for Nonprofit Humanitarian Service 2016

Marshall B. Ketchum University

Affiliations & memberships

CAPSES 2020

CAABVI 2020

Irvine Chamber of Commerce 2023

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce 2023

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 children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

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

Infants and toddlers, Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of family members participating in school activities

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

Caregivers, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of students who demonstrate developmental progress in key domains as measured by evidence based assessment tools.

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

Infants and toddlers, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

We will achieve this ambitious goal through three primary Program Areas of Focus:

EARLY INTERVENTION:
Beyond Blindness will be the leading comprehensive Early Intervention provider for all children with visual
impairments or vision concerns and other disabilities in Greater Orange County.

EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT:
All children with visual impairments or vision concerns and other disabilities will have greater access to the resources and tools needed to succeed, including access to Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other trainings to meet expanded core curriculum goals.

FAMILY SUPPORT:
Beyond Blindness families will be an engaged, supported, empowered, and connected community of families,
reducing barriers, and improving outcomes for their children.

Organization goals for the Fiscal Year 2023:

- Early Intervention: Beyond Blindness will serve 300 children ages 0-3 in FY23. 50% of those services will be onsite.
- Education and Enrichment: To address the critical shortage of Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Beyond Blindness will secure funding to recruit and enroll 5 new students in the TVI Cohort FY24.
- Beyond Blindness will serve 681 individuals through our Family Support program.

To support these program goals, Beyond Blindness will meet the following key area goals:

ADVOCACY:
Beyond Blindness will define the areas of legislative policy that need to be changed to generate
earned, state, and federal revenue and availability of sustainable, long-term resources for our BVI
service population. (Baseline: No areas currently defined, several being investigated, unable to
quantify until identified, year 2 will be able to set measurable goals for change).
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS:
Beyond Blindness will engage in two (2) new strategic relationships to serve 300 early intervention
clients and 681 individuals through our Family Support programs. (Baseline: One (1) current Strategic
Partnership – Foundation for Blind Children).
REVENUE DIVERSIFICATION:
Beyond Blindness shift from 35% earned and 65% raised revenue to 40% earned and 60% raised
revenue in FY24 as well as evaluate data and create a 12-month development plan with
measurable/trackable raised revenue goals. (Baseline: 35% earned and 65% raised in FY22).
OPERATIONAL CAPACITY:
Beyond Blindness will standardize our intake Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and develop a
system to electronically track five (5) key client data collection points and the progress towards the
FY27 2680 goal. (Baseline: Zero (0) key client data points tracked on dashboard).

Beyond Blindness program staff has a long-standing history of serving Beyond Blindness clients. These dedicated staff members share their expertise in early childhood development, visual impairment, and other developmental delays. All programs utilize licensed occupational, physical therapy and speech and language therapy to provide comprehensive home-based services or services on-site.

To meet the ambitious 5-year strategic plan, The Board of Directors recently voted to increase the capacity of the Beyond Blindness staff adding key positions in family support, therapy management, and donor relations.

Beyond Blindness has served children and families in the Orange County community for more than 60 years. We are proud of student outcomes and accomplishments and the inclusive community we have helped create.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Beyond Blindness

Board of directors
as of 07/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carol Trapani

United States Commercial Real Estate Services

Term: 2020 - 2026

Michelle Dean

Community Volunteer

Raymond Kong

New World Medical, Inc.

Kapil Malhotra

Apollo

Rahul Bhola, M.D.

Children's Health Orange County

Geoff Kissel

Pacific Life

Teresa Madden

Octane

Surindra Mann

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Jodi Ristrom

Eide Bailly LLP

John Sorich

PIB Law

Max Trichet

Capital Group

Michele Allegretto

Glaukos

Yvette Lavery

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Kristin McKay

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Hemant Mistry

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Adelaine Sin

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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 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.