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Trusts and foundations

Charitable trusts and foundations play an important role in supporting Sightsavers’ work. In 2016, Sightsavers received support from 350 charitable trusts and foundations based around the world. Grants ranged from just a few dollars to more than $600,000.

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How we can work together

Contact us

United Kingdom
Jim Nichols, Trusts Manager
+44 (0)1444 446 658
[email protected]

United States and
Continental Europe

Julia Strong, Trusts Manager
+44 (0)1444 446703
[email protected]

Middle East
Haya Mashhood, Head of Partnerships, Middle East
+971 (0)4 372 4580
[email protected]

As an organisation, Sightsavers focuses on eliminating avoidable blindness and supporting those whose sight cannot be improved or restored so they can live independently. We do this using sustainable, replicable and scalable approaches to eye care that strengthen existing health systems in the countries where we work.

There are a number of ways for foundations and charitable trusts to offer support:

  • Give through a monthly standing order: this enables us to plan ahead, so we can help even more people with visual impairments.
  • Give a one-off or annual unrestricted gift: this allows us to use the money for our identified priorities at that time.
  • Work in partnership with us to support a specific programme or area of work: this is usually over a number of years, and can  support a specific cause such as helping children who are blind, visually impaired or have other disabilities to attend school.

Your support can change lives

Muslima lives in Bangladesh, and was born with cataracts. Her vision was deteriorating and had started to affect every part of her life. Our photo story shows how Sightsavers stepped in to help.

 

Our partners

We’re extremely grateful for the support of all the charitable trusts and foundations that we work with. Their support has a huge impact on our work.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Foundation was created in 1944 by Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Between 1985 and 2015, $130 million of Foundation funding has been given to their safeguarding vision programmes. The Foundation’s current support for vision programs focuses on blinding trachoma and cataracts, two common forms of avoidable blindness.

The Foundation has awarded three grants to Sightsavers. Two of these grants are assisting the governments of Mali and Tanzania to eliminate blinding trachoma. The funding is used to deal with a backlog of trichiasis trachomatous (TT) cases – where eyelashes have turned inward and scrape the surface of the eye, requiring urgent surgery to prevent blindness. The third grant is helping to tackle blindness among older people in the central Morogoro region of Tanzania.

We work in partnership with the ministries of health and with national coordinating partners The Carter Center, Helen Keller International and HelpAge International on these grants. The Tanzania grant for trachoma is part of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative in Africa.

 

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IZUMI Foundation

Sightsavers has been awarded a grant of $348,000 from the IZUMI Foundation to eliminate blinding trachoma, a devastating neglected tropical disease, from five regions of Mali. Between 2014 and 2016, its support will enable us to protect thousands of people from avoidable blindness by providing eyelid operations.

 

GiveWell

Charity evaluator GiveWell, based in San Francisco, has named Sightsavers as one of seven ‘top charities’ for our work on treating children for parasitic infections, known as deworming. GiveWell is widely recognized for its in-depth analysis to find and recommend outstanding charities to donors.

Sightsavers is proud to have been awarded a $2.9 million grant from GiveWell to scale up deworming programs for disabling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. The Givewell evaluation of our deworming programs resulted in a recommendation of our “strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness”. We were also endorsed because of our standout record of transparency.

The elimination and control of five NTDs, which cause sight loss, severe disfigurement and disability, is a core part of Sightsavers’ work in 24 Sub-Saharan African countries.

GiveWell’s support has enabled Sightsavers to develop programs in five countries to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. This work forms part of our integrated NTD programs in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria and Guinea Bissau.

 

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The Baxter International Foundation

The Baxter International Foundation awarded a grant of US$84,000 to support our Vision Delhi programme providing primary eye care services to 30,000 people with visual impairments in some of India’s poorest communities.

 

The Higgins-Trapnell Family Foundation

The Higgins-Trapnell Family Foundation, based in California, has been a dedicated supporter of our work for over ten years.

Priscilla Higgins-Trapnell, President, told Sightsavers: “The Higgins-Trapnell Family Foundation has been honored to support Sightsavers International for many years. With Sightsavers we know the money we donate is used to make a huge difference to people who are facing debilitating eye issues, from river blindness to cataracts, preventing disease and restoring sight. We are confident that our dollars are used efficiently and effectively and we do appreciate the reports that we receive describing the outcomes of the program that we have been supporting. The most recent report tells of the success of the Togo river blindness prevention program, which reached almost 2.5 million people Togo, providing vital treatment to prevent river blindness. That’s a lot of people – what a great way to go Sightsavers!”

 

Get in touch today

United Kingdom

Jim Nichols
Trusts Manager
+44 (0) 1444 446 658

[email protected]

International

Julia Strong, International Foundations Executive
+44 (0)1444 446 703
[email protected]

Middle East

Haya Mashhood, Head of Partnerships, Middle East
+971 (0)4 372 4580
[email protected]