As a supporter, you are critical to our mission. We share information about financials so you can be confident in your investment. 

Both the board of directors and its staff members strive to reduce costs so that as much funding as possible is invested in world-class research and public outreach. We freely offer information on our complete financial picture through our annual reports, consolidated financial statements, IRS forms 990, and 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination.

We also meet all 20 standards for charity accountability and have been approved by the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), comply with all eight HONcode standards for trustworthy health information, and are a member of and in compliance with the Direct Marketing Association's Guidelines for Ethical Business Practice and other DMA standards for nonprofit organizations.

BrightFocus Foundation Expense Percentages Chart: 80% went to programs (research and health information), 13% went to fundraising, and 7% went to management.

Where Our Money Goes

This chart highlights the financial impact of the critical programs and research that allow us to remain focused on our mission: to find cures and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. See a breakdown of our expenses for fiscal year 2014.


BrightFocus is committed to organizational transparency. For more information about our financial history and spending, please review our audited financial statements and IRS form 990s.

Annual Reports

We publish an annual report with information on the research we fund, our outreach efforts, our donors, and a summary of our financial position. Learn more about the achievements for the year.

Charity Ratings

BrightFocus complies with important industry standards for charity accountability, including certification from the Better Business Bureau, the Maryland Nonprofit Standards of Excellence, and America's Charities.