Accountability

By investing in some of the world’s most innovative research, BrightFocus Foundation has sown the seeds of two Nobel Prizes and scores of other scientific breakthroughs.  BrightFocus-funded science is cited in scientific papers—a key barometer of driving new discovery—at twice the rate of scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health.  The researchers we support often receive subsequent grants from NIH and other sources at ten times the amount of our original investment, an affirmation of our world-class scientific review committees that vet and recommend the most promising opportunities.

With the aging of our large Baby Boom generation, we must act with great urgency by increasing our research funding and broadening our public outreach to raise awareness and knowledge.

We want you to be confident in your investment in BrightFocus, and offer our complete financial picture through our annual reports, consolidated financial statements, IRS forms 990, and 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination.

We 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. The trade publication Inside Philanthropy said of us, “BrightFocus is remarkably transparent, showing off all of its recent grant recipients and providing links to their research from their website.”

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  • 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.

    2016 BrightFocus Foundation Expense Percentages: 81% to programs, 13% to fundraising, and 6% to management.
  • Financial Reports

    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.

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