Human Services

HELEN KELLER SERVICES

LIVE, WORK, THRIVE

aka Industrial Home for the Blind

Brooklyn, NY

Mission

Helen Keller Services' (HKS) mission is to enable individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or have combined hearing and vision loss to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. HKS offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) and Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB). HKNC is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and independent living skills training to youths and adults with combined vision and hearing loss. HKSB is a comprehensive rehabilitation program serving individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired and who may have additional disabilities, living in the New York Metropolitan area.

Ruling Year

1936

President & CEO

Ms. Kim Zimmer

Main Address

180 Livingston Street, 2nd FL

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

Keywords

Blind, Visually Impaired, deaf-blind

EIN

11-1630807

 Number

2171666038

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

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HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

Where we work

How We Listen

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

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2009

American Institute of Philanthropy 2009

Charity Navigator 2011

Financials

HELEN KELLER SERVICES

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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