How we’re run

Our CEO is fond of saying that the ultimate goal is to see all of us out of a job – that is, to achieve our aims so spectacularly that Sightsavers is no longer needed.

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Everything we do is geared towards our vision of a world where avoidable blindness has been eliminated, and people with visual impairments and other disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.

We can only get there thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters. In return, we aim to be as transparent as possible so you can be sure your money is being used wisely. Here you’ll find information on how we’re run, how we spend your money and how we make sure it’s done efficiently.

We’re committed to keeping children safe

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How we spend your money

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For every $1 we receive, including donated supplies, 91 cents goes on our vital charity work.

The remainder helps us grow awareness and our funding.

Every penny you give is vital in achieving Sightsavers’ goal of eliminating avoidable blindness and promoting equality for people with disabilities.

Your donations have enabled us, during our history, to distribute 437 million treatments to protect against river blindness, provide 6.9 million sight-restoring cataract operations, and support more than 180,000 people with disabilities to live independently.

We do our best to spend wisely, and that means finding the best solutions, which aren’t always the cheapest solutions. We ensure we have good financial management, we work to make sure the changes we secure are long term, and we don’t cut corners.

We make sure our funds go as far as possible: we’re required to show we’ve met quality standards for all operational spending.

We think it’s money well spent, and we hope you do too.

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Sightsavers’ finances

Each year we publish a full annual report and financial statement, which provides more detailed information about where your money goes. We also publish an annual review, featuring the highlights of our work.

Read our reports

We promise to put our beneficiaries first

Our fundraising promise

Global management

Sightsavers is governed by boards in eight countries. Each of the boards is responsible for maintaining a high standard of corporate governance and making sure the organisation stays on track.
Find out more about our boards in the UK, the US, India, Ireland, Italy, Middle EastNorway, Sweden and Zambia. Read more about our global management team below.

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Caroline Harper,
Chief Executive

Dr Caroline Harper joined Sightsavers as CEO in 2005. She previously worked in the gas industry and ran her own interim management business.

More about our CEO

Accountability and transparency

To achieve our goals, we depend on our supporters and donors, who provide us with funding, and our partners, with whom we design and implement our programmes.

Through building strong relationships with these stakeholders, we are able to change people’s lives in the countries in which we work. We believe we need to be accountable to these stakeholders if we are to maintain their trust and support.

Sightsavers has been a member of Accountable Now (formerly the INGO Accountability Charter) since 2011.

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Our performance

We aim to be as transparent as possible over how we operate and how we spend the money we raise. To achieve this, we openly share information about our performance, our organisation and our policies.

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We're committed to inclusion in the workplace

Sightsavers and inclusion
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Contact Sightsavers’ Supporter Care team

If you have any questions about Sightsavers’ work, how we’re run or how we spend your money, our Supporter Care team can help. Email [email protected] or telephone (800) 707-9746.

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