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Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.

Strengthening Hearts and Minds Through Braille

aka Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.braillecirculatinglibrary.org
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Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.

EIN: 54-0585900


Mission

To provide Christian and Inspirational literature at no cost in formats accessible to individuals who are blind, vision-impaired and print- and physically-disabled.

Ruling year info

1955

Executive Director

K Robinson

Main address

2700 Stuart Avenue

Richmond, VA 23220 USA

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EIN

54-0585900

Subject area info

Archives and special collections

Protestantism

Evangelicalism

Unknown or not classified

Libraries

Population served info

People with physical disabilities

People with vision impairments

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Library Loans

Braille and Talking books are provided to individuals who are blind or print-disabled, or otherwise disabled. Materials loaned are from a unique collection of Christian and inspirational authors and speakers and are meant to uplift and encourage.
Loans are for a period of six weeks with the possibility of renewal. These include braille, large print and cassette formats. Membership is free of charge and all material is mailed at no cost through the Unites States Postal Service.

Currently, the Library serves patrons across the United States and in Canada.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with other disabilities

Monthly devotionals from Our Daily Bread Ministries are recorded onto cassette tapes then mailed to a standing list of patrons in 15 states and provinces. Tapes are comprised of a devotional for each day of the month.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with other disabilities

The site, https://braillecirculatinglibrary.org, serves as an online extension of Braille Circulating Library, making the Library accessible to a global population around the clock.

This site was designed for ease of use by those with specialized navigational software for the blind and vision impaired. Library catalog information and links to information relevant to the blind are accessible from this site. In addition, an online audio library offers material in MP3 format. Registration is required to use this audio service.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with other disabilities

Where we work

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Not all of the methods of communication needed are easily accessible.

Financials

Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
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Executive Director

K Robinson

Past work experience in both for-profit and non-profit sector includes: business and process analysis business and technical writing user training on financial software administrative support for executive leadership customer service regional library system circulation and inventory support

Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Braille Circulating Library for the Blind Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/24/2023
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Board co-chair

Melody Roane

Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Term: 2022 - 2025


Board co-chair

Stephen Preas

Benjamin-Moore Paint

David Cummings

Reitred CPA and Former CFO - Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen

Melody Roane

Virginia Rehabilitation Center For the Blind and Vision Impaired - Director

Danny Gordon

Retired - Dominion Resources

William Jeffries

Retired

Steve Preas

Benjamin-Moore Paint - Territory Representative

David Johnsen

CarMax - Project Manager

David Sommers

Retired Manager - Dominion Resources

K Robinson

Braille Circulating Library - Executive Director

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No