Saavi Services for the Blind

Expect more, Achieve more, Become more!

aka SAAVI   |   Tucson, AZ   |
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Saavi Services for the Blind

EIN: 86-6056057


Saavi cultivates growth and opportunity for blind people through nonvisual skills training; demonstrating that all challenges have solutions, while fostering self-efficacy through empowerment and confidence.

Ruling year info



Mr Michael Gordon


Ms Amy Porterfield

Main address

3350 E Grant Rd

Tucson, AZ 85716 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Education services

Eye diseases

Disabled persons' rights

Youth services

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Population served info

Children and youth

Young adults

Older adults


Economically disadvantaged people

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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)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Saavi Services for the Blind believes in a world where blind individuals are equal contributors locally, nationally, and throughout the world demonstrating it is not what you can see, it is what you can do. We contribute to this vision by teaching the alternative skills of blindness, so blind individuals may succeed in whatever goals they set for themselves. We do this through: - Providing in home support tutoring, after school, and summer programs for children, youth, and families. - Provide comprehensive skills training to blind adults who are looking to gain or regain employment. - Provide individual services to blind seniors so they may meet their own individual life goals. - Partnering with the National Federation of the Blind to promote the positive the philosophy of blindness and advocacy concerns. - Engaging with local businesses on DEI efforts on serving, hiring, and engaging blind individuals into our community.

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?


SAAVI's programs include GOALS (General Orientation to Adaptive Living Skills) classes, Adaptive Technology classes, Low Vision consultations, Ready-Set-Go (a vocational program to increase employability of those with vision loss), Orientation and Mobility training, a social/recreational club, and a Habilitation program for developmentally disabled adults with vision loss.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Children and youth
Young adults
Older adults

Where we work

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 blind individuals served annually

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Totals By Year
Related Program


Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Expand blindness training to include individuals from all 50 states.
Expand access for Saavi Services for the Blind's Children and Youth Program to be offered within all school districts of Arizona.
Providing opportunities for professional development for blindness professionals throughout the country in the area of structured discovery methodology.
Earn Structured Discovery Center accreditation from NBPCB in both training centers.
Contribute to DEI of blind people throughout the country through partnership with the NFB, advocacy, and activities.
Increasing our network of businesses contributing to our DEI efforts of blind people in our community.
Develop and build relationships with funders who wish to invest their funding, time, and actions in our mission.

We build our mission on role modeling. It is our motto and belief to expect more of our students. High expectations mean high achievements for program participants. We expect more of our students, and in turn, they set high expectations for themselves, therefore achieving more and becoming more. We focus on ensuring that no student is asked to complete a task that we as staff are not able to complete ourselves.
Our continuous focus on professional developments to ensure that we are in the know of what is new and available for blind people.
We continue to build relationships with resources throughout the country.
Building partnerships with blindness consumer organizations to learn more about their expectation preferences of a blindness training center.
Diversify funding to be able to support educational goals for students throughout the state of Arizona.
Increase blind board members to ensure we are being supported by our demographic.
Participating in more DEI committees throughout Arizona to create more business partnerships.

We participate in several national communities that allow us to have access to cutting edge thinking to blindness rehabilitations. Our NFB partnership allows us to continuously gauge the pulse of the blindness community's expectations of a blindness training center.


Saavi Services for the Blind
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Saavi Services for the Blind 2022 A-133 Single Audit 2020 Saavi Audited Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.21 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Saavi Services for the Blind

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Saavi Services for the Blind

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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Saavi Services for the Blind

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Saavi Services for the Blind’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2019. Please refer to its 2019 990s for more information.

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 * 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $69,969 -$12,436 $855,304 $1,177,538 $13,296
As % of expenses 1.0% -0.2% 17.9% 23.8% 0.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$154,414 -$230,032 $725,361 $1,068,200 -$235,437
As % of expenses -2.2% -3.5% 14.8% 21.1% -3.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,183,453 $6,214,971 $5,573,618 $6,203,130 $6,156,877
Total revenue, % change over prior year -8.6% -13.5% -10.3% 11.3% -0.7%
Program services revenue 94.6% 94.4% 72.2% 71.7% 67.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.8% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 21.2% 17.1% 25.2%
All other grants and contributions 5.1% 4.5% 3.5% 5.5% 5.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.3% 2.7% 5.8% 0.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,898,156 $6,405,574 $4,767,034 $4,950,538 $6,031,063
Total expenses, % change over prior year -13.0% -7.1% -25.6% 3.8% 21.8%
Personnel 73.1% 75.4% 76.7% 73.6% 67.8%
Professional fees 1.5% 2.0% 1.8% 4.2% 3.2%
Occupancy 5.9% 6.1% 9.4% 8.7% 7.1%
Interest 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 3.5%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.3% 16.4% 12.1% 13.3% 18.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,122,539 $6,623,170 $4,896,977 $5,059,876 $6,279,796
One month of savings $574,846 $533,798 $397,253 $412,545 $502,589
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $112,781 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $4,224,986 $1,317,936
Total full costs (estimated) $7,697,385 $7,156,968 $5,407,011 $9,697,407 $8,100,321

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 0.8 3.9 9.8 2.3
Months of cash and investments 2.0 2.2 6.0 12.1 3.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.3 3.3 7.7 11.1 8.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $441,545 $401,928 $1,547,207 $4,043,214 $1,154,144
Investments $709,656 $765,744 $847,228 $949,916 $772,010
Receivables $1,609,542 $1,341,345 $1,036,963 $1,237,378 $3,144,343
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,893,757 $2,870,119 $2,441,068 $6,505,241 $7,291,505
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 71.4% 74.4% 82.1% 30.0% 22.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 16.2% 21.1% 7.2% 54.6% 58.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,690,733 $2,460,701 $3,515,197 $4,583,397 $4,347,960
Temporarily restricted net assets $283,885 $105,718 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $144,092 $144,092 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $427,977 $249,810 $186,413 $356,980 $173,543
Total net assets $3,118,710 $2,710,511 $3,701,610 $4,940,377 $4,521,503

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mr Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon has been with Saavi Services for the Blind as CEO since 2005. He is a seasoned Human Services professional and his successful career shows in Saavi's programs and innovation.


Amy Porterfield

Amy is a seasoned professional in blind education. She has worked with the State of Arizona and has navigated the placement side of the profession as well as the education side at Saavi.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Saavi Services for the Blind

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Saavi Services for the Blind

Board of directors
as of 06/24/2024
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Board chair

Robert Kresmer

Ed House

Kenneth Krapf

Ryan Thomas

Misael Marquez

Bryan Bashin

Robert Kresmer

Syed Rizvi

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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