Blind Children's Learning Center (Santa Ana, CA)


  • Name:Donna MacDonald
  • Title:Director of Fund Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Blind Children's Learning Center
  • Address:18542-B Vanderlip Avenue
    Santa Ana, CA 92883
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:714-573-8888

Organization Web

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  • Mission:
  • The Blind Children’s Learning Center (BCLC) was founded in 1962 to develop the full potential of blind, visually impaired and deaf/blind children and youth. Our goal is to help them lead independent and fulfilling lives, ensuring that no child in Orange County goes unserved, and to create access to essential diagnostic, therapeutic and educational programs. We currently serve 200 children and their families each year through a comprehensive range of therapies and counseling, life skills, and family support programs to ensure a smooth transition for blind children into public schools.

  • History:
  • Six blind adults formed Blind Children's Learning Center (BCLC) - originally called Serivces for the Blind. The founders quickly discovered tht the key to helping a visually-impapired person is to start working with them at a very young age. Equally important is the need for follow-through during the school years - top build confidence and tenacity. Today, the Center serves more than 200 babies, toddlers and youth from birth to 21 through a variety of specialized and unique programs and services, both in the home, at BCLC's on-campus pre-school program, and in the public school classroom.

  • Year established:1962
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:45

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Blind Children’s Learning Center
    Board of Directors
    Revised 11/2007

    Alvarado, Barbara, Chairperson
    Community Volunteer
    Member since 04/05
    Term expires 06/09

    Blaising, Peggy
    Special Ed. Teacher, Retired
    Member since 06/88
    Term expires 06/09

    Diaz, III, Rigo
    President,Four Corners Realty Financial
    Member since 11/07
    Term Expires 06/10
    (714) 547-2020

    Foley, Shane
    President, Access Capital
    Member since 11/07
    Term expires 06/10

    Foster, Richard
    Vice President Sales and Marketing, Standard Tel Networks
    Member since 02/06
    Term expires 06/08

    Friedlander, Eric
    Chief Executive Officer, Starpoint Health Inc.
    Member since 04/07
    Term expires 06/09

    Haver, Jaimie L., Board Secretary
    Sales, Westover Financial, Inc. & Parent of Visually Impaired Child
    Member since 06/04
    Term expires 06/08

    Konopisos, Jeri
    Community Volunteer
    Member since 11/07
    Term expires 06/10

    Laty, Roger, Board Treasurer
    Vice President – Taxes, Kilroy Realty Corporation
    Member since 07/06
    Term expires 06/08

    Merrell, Patrick
    Chief Executive Officer, Print Tech Solutions
    Member since 11/07
    Term expires 06/10

    Pagani, Mike
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Stay-Linked Corporation
    Member since 04/06
    Term expires 06/08

    Salmon, Mike
    Commercial Real Estate Broker, Madison Street Partners
    Member since 03/07
    Term expires 06/09

    Svendsen, Kenneth, Board Vice Chairperson
    Senior Vice President Worldwide Travel Operations and Consumer Direct Sales, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
    Member since 04/06
    Term expires 06/08

    Thorne, Brian
    President & Executive Director, Blind Children's Learning Center

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Brian Thorne, President & Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kathy Goodspeed, Assistant Executive Director
    Donna MacDonald, Director, Fund Development and Marketing
    Andy Markalanda, Human Resource and Accounting Manager
    Alejandra Valencia, Director, Infant Family Focus
    Irene, Takahashi, Director, Early Childhood Center


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:95-6097023

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:956097023
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:18542 VANDERLIP AVE STE
  • Organization City:SANTA ANA
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:92705-8201
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1964
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):031, 160
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc, Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$2,181,797
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,957,326
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,889,952
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 3:55:50 am

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