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Trusts and foundations

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In 2015 we received support from roughly 350 charitable trusts and foundations based around the world. Grants ranged from just a few pounds to more than £100,000.

There are a number of ways for foundations and charitable trusts to offer support. Some give through monthly standing orders; some give one-off or annual unrestricted gifts, which allow us to use the money to address our identified priorities at that time; and others work in partnership with us over a number of years to support a specific programme or area of work, such as combating childhood blindness in Pakistan or supporting children who are blind, visually impaired or have other disabilities to attend school.

As an organisation, we’ll continue to focus on eliminating avoidable blindness supporting those whose sight cannot be improved or restored to live independently. We’ll do this using sustainable, replicable and scalable approaches to eye care which strengthen existing health systems in the countries where we work.

Contact us

United Kingdom

Jim Nichols, Trusts Manager: or +44 (0) 1444 446658

United States of America

Julia Strong, International Foundations Executive: or +44 (0)1444 446703. Visit Sightsavers USA website

Continental Europe

Julia Strong, International Foundations Executive:  or +44 (0)1444 446703.

Other countries In recent years we’ve received substantial support from foundations registered in the United Arab Emirates, Canada and Bermuda (among others). The tax authorities in almost all countries accept Sightsavers’ UK registration with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as proof of its charitable purposes (charity number 207544).

Julia Strong, International Foundations Executive: or +44 (0)1444 446703.


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


Jenneh Collier stands smiling outside a school building.

“When I leave school I want to be a teacher

Jenneh – two years on!


“Without education we are nothing”


Emmanuel smiling

"I can work, socialise and earn a living"


A close up of 6 year old Majidul.

Majidul as seen on BBC's 'Forces of Nature'




Children paint a mural on a wall in India.

Higher profile for Sightsavers Inclusive Eye Health initiative in India

09 December 2016

This week, Sightsavers has boosted the profile of its Inclusive Eye Health initiative being piloted in the Indian city of Bhopal with two events that made a splash with the media. Continue reading

Halima Suleiman

Sightsavers set to promote crucial role of data at world-first forum

13 January 2017

Sightsavers is taking part in the UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, which will explore using statistics innovatively to deliver the Agenda 2030 SDGs. Continue reading

An image of Ringo Starr's glasses that were sold in the celebrity auction.

Huge success for Specs Appeal auction

06 December 2016

Our celebrity eBay auction, offering bidders the opportunity to bid on hundreds of pairs of glasses and sunglasses once owned by celebrities, has come to an end after 10 days. Continue reading

Young woman sitting in classroom with students.

Sightsavers welcomes DFID commitment to leadership in disability inclusion

01 December 2016

Sightsavers has welcomed the commitments made by the UK government in two major reviews setting out its priorities for international development. Continue reading


For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)


goes on vital charity work


goes on growing awareness and our funding

uk-aid-with-borderSightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development as part of a 2012 Independent Performance Review of their Programme Partnership Arrangement. Find out more.

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