Lighthouse of the Big Bend, Inc.
3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee FL 32301
Contact Information
Address 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone (850) 942-3658
Fax 850 942-4518
E-mail info@lighthousebigbend.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://lighthousebigbend.org/donations
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
The Lighthouse’s Early Intervention Program serves young children.


At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2288754
Year of Incorporation 1983
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $96,821,400.00
Projected Expenses $962,179.00
Mission Statement
Lighthouse of the Big Bend offers services to assist individuals seeking to be independent or maintain their independence after losing vision later in life.Lighthouse of the Big Bend offers services to assist individuals seeking to be independent or maintain their independence after losing vision later in life.


Needs Statement
The Lighthouse's most pressing need is to secure unrestricted and restricted funding to serve high-need individuals who are blind and visually impaired and whose needs fall outside rigid state contract parameters. From 2008 to 2012, the Lighthouse contracted with the State of Florida to provide education and training, rehabilitation, and counseling to 908 clients residing in 11 Big Bend counties through its five programs. Charitable contributions, event sponsorships, and small foundation grants have enabled the Lighthouse to identify and serve an additional 306 (or 34 percent more) high-need blind and visually impaired clients in this region who would otherwise not have received any educational or rehabilitation services.
 
Lighthouse needs include:
 
1) Support for individuals enrolled in rehabilitation programs
2) Donations that will support assistive devices and technology (iPhones, iPads, CCTV magnifiers, low vision keyboards, text-to-speech software, etc.)
3) Unrestricted contributions that enable the Lighthouse to respond to unanticipated or emerging needs
4) Support for outreach and public awareness presentations
5) Contributions to support professional development and training for teachers
Impact Statement

Accomplishments

· After the Florida Legislature approved $1 million in funding for children's programs, the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, along with the Lighthouse’s throughout the state, began serving children ages 6-13 who are blind or visually impaired throughout the state of Florida.

· In 2016 Lighthouse of the Big Bend changed the lives of over 350 clients, ages 0 to 101, in Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla counties. Through the instruction offered by the Lighthouse Specialists, individuals with vision loss are given the tools to maintain or gain their independence.

· The 11th Annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark was held on October 4th at University Center Club. This event gathered over 300 of our community partners in support of our mission and raised over $30,000 for the Lighthouse of the Big Bend.

· The annual Techno Demo at the Lighthouse brought in over 80 clients to view and try out the latest in assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired.

· Provide Braille translation services to local and state agencies, as well as local businesses;

· Produce an on-line newsletter for clients and their familiesConduct outreach activities and collaborate with community partners for initial referrals, track all referrals from other agencies, and make referrals to other agencies as additional community services are needed

Goals

· Continue to provide free, education, rehabilitation, and counseling to every resident who is eligible in our 11 county service area.

· To grow community awareness of the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, it’s services and blindness and vision impairments.

· Conduct outreach and education through community presentations, our Tech Demo, and the support groups we offer each month.

· Increase sponsorship support for Dining in the Dark

Background Statement

The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is the sole agency in the Big Bend area specifically designed to serve those with vision loss, a population that is greatly underserved. Last year the Lighthouse of the Big Bend changed the lives over 300 clients, ages 0 to 101, in Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla. Through the instruction offered by Lighthouse specialist, individuals with vision loss are given the tools to maintain or gain their independence. Lighthouse specialists offer instruction in Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Assistive Technology, etc. The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is supported through contracts from Florida’s Division of Blind Services, funding from the United Way via the Community Human Services Partnership, small grants, donations, and from the Lighthouse of the Big Bend’s annual fundraising event, Dining in the Dark. The agency has been fully accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAC) since 1987.

Service Categories
Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
Disabled Persons' Rights
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Franklin
Gadsden
Jefferson
Leon
Liberty
Madison
Taylor
Wakulla
Other
Lighthouse of the Big Bend provides Adult Programs and Youth Programs for residents who are legally blind in Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla Counties.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
Description

Services provided by the Lighthouse include:

 

  • Early Intervention - Techniques are taught specifically for children aged 0-5 with visual impairments to develop motor, cognitive and sensory skills and improve mobility to achieve developmental milestones and increase independence;
  • Expanded Core Curriculum - Children ages 5-14 are offered instruction in areas aimed at supplementing what is being provided by the school system;
  • Transition skills to youth ages 14 - 22 - Assists in transitioning out of high school and into adulthood;
  • Orientation and Mobility - Skill instruction is given to teach individuals how to navigate and travel safely, purposefully, and confidently in their home and community;
  • Assistive Technology - Training on computers and other devices is provided to promote independence at home, school, work, and in the community;
  • Vocational Rehabilitation - Instruction is given to assist in any aspect of preparing for, finding and maintaining employment; and
  • Independent Living - Techniques training for adults 55 and over, also known as activities of daily living, is provided to develop skills that promote living independently and safely in one’s everyday life
Budget $1,000,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Adults, Elderly and/or Disabled, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Long term Success Provides assistance to 300 individuals with visual impairments each year.
Program Success Monitored By


Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Board President Fred Sanguliano
Company Affiliation Business Owner, Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Board Co-Chair Jada Christie
Company Affiliation National Federation of the Blind President / Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Doug Bailey Retired
Jada Christie Community Volunteer
Dr. Fang Sarah Ko Optometrist
Jon Peck Sachs Media Group, Vice President of Public Relations
Neil Rambana Attorney, Rambana & Ricci, P.L.L.C.
Fred Sanguiliano Community Volunteer
Nicholas Swaine Infinity Software Development
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Visual Impairment 4
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 94%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Nominating
CEO Comments A majority of our Board membership must represent former clients who are blind and visually impaired and who have first-hand familiarity with Lighthouse programs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Kim Galban-Countryman
Term Start Nov 2015
Email kgalban@lighthousebigbend.org
Experience
Assistant Director, Big Bend Homeless Coalition
December 2014—August 2015
- Oversee the agency’s numerous housing and service programs
- Supervise individual program directors who manage HOPE Community, Permanent Housing, and Advocates for Veterans Housing, as well as the Development Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant
- Manage programs related to grant writing, grant reporting,
- Special events and donor cultivation
 
Director of Development, Southern Scholarship Foundation
2011—2014
Responsibilities:
- Identify and cultivate relationships with donors, grant-making foundations, corporate partners, and civic clubs
- Write and manage all grants
- Organize all fundraising and donor events
- Analyze monthly financial statements and report to the Board of Directors
- Manage the allocation of funds from various endowment accounts
-Work directly with the Executive Director on developing the organization’s annual budget
- Supervise staff
Staff
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations

The Lighthouse of the Big Bend relies on collaborative partners, family & friends to identify and recruit potential clients and to make initial referrals. When blindness becomes the primary disability of a client and a referral is received, the Lighthouse staff remains in contact with the collaborative partner as to the instruction and progress of the client.  Many clients have multiple community needs such as health care, financial services, transportation, dog guides, continuing a college education, child care, etc. Referrals are made to other agencies and advocacy is provided as needed; Lighthouse staff members also teach and encourage clients to advocate on their own behalf.

Interagency meetings are attended to enhance communication and to coordinate services with collaborative partners.  Information and referral packets and community awareness presentations are given for the programs of various community partners. Many collaborative partners regularly rely upon the Lighthouse of the Big Bend for accessible materials when a board member, staff member or client is visually impaired and reads Braille. In addition to this, many local restaurants that have Braille-reading customers have had their menus transcribed by the Lighthouse of the Big Bend.

External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2016
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2017
Projected Revenue $96,821,400.00
Projected Expenses $962,179.00
Endowment Value $8,338.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$881,189$823,312$841,969
Administration Expense$69,036$46,617$34,137
Fundraising Expense$16,227$16,403$15,487
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.111.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%93%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%25%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,527,538$1,522,283$1,418,879
Current Assets$812,915$789,337$671,928
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$458,455$481,873$477,209
Total Net Assets$1,069,083$1,040,410$941,670
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.771.641.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose NA
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the Audits
  • Contributions from Foundations and corporations are included with total for Individuals as they are not separated out in the Audits
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit Lighthouse of the Big Bend, Inc.
Address 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Primary Phone 850 942-3658
Donate with a credit card http://lighthousebigbend.org/donations
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
CEO/Executive Director Kim Galban-Countryman
Board Chair Board President Fred Sanguliano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Business Owner, Retired
Year of Incorporation 1983