DONATE

Celebrating our supporters on National Philanthropy Day

Caroline Harper, November 2019
A doctor checks a young child's eyes.
Our supporters have helped to restore the sight of many children in the world's poorest countries.

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the incredible philanthropists who made the thoughtful and proactive decision to support our work.

Everyone’s resources are finite, but for many of our supporters charitable giving decisions are among the most important choices they make. The word philanthropy originally meant ‘love of mankind’; the giving involved isn’t for a specific return and, for many people, stems from a deep desire to simply help people in need and help change the world for the better.

Many of our supporters are motivated by their own personal experience; some by the huge numbers of people we are able to protect from neglected tropical diseases with simple, community-wide treatment programmes; and others by the chance to change someone’s life by restoring their sight through cataract surgery or by providing glasses. A generous philanthropist recently told us she gave because she believes that by restoring and protecting eyesight in developing countries, she can help tackle poverty.

This month at Sightsavers, we have been focused on the theme ‘leave no one behind’ and it is thanks to all of our dedicated supporters and partners that we are able to work towards fulfilling this mission.

Author


Caroline Harper.Caroline Harper
Caroline is CEO at Sightsavers, a role she has held since 2005. In 2015 she received a CBE for services to people with visual impairments.

Find out how you can help

Become a Sightsavers major donor and you can help us change the lives of people with visual impairments around the world.

Become a major donor

Learn about more ways to support our work

How you can help
A woman assists another woman to walk down some steps. Both women are wearing face masks.
Sightsavers blog

Ghana’s electoral processes have improved – but are they inclusive?

Ghana has made significant strides towards addressing disability rights. But people with disabilities are not given equal opportunities to participate in electoral processes.

Grace Antwi-Atsu, April 2021
An elderly woman and a younger woman sit next to a man who holds a clipboard, in a hospital waiting area.
Sightsavers blog

What we’ve learned about inclusive data

Sightsavers and other organisations recently came together to share practical tips around collecting data that includes everyone.

Elsie Makachiya, March 2021
A man pours clean water for a woman to wash her hands.
Sightsavers blog

Our NTD experience will be invaluable for COVID vaccine rollout

Distributing neglected tropical disease (NTD) preventative treatments in Africa can teach us a lot about rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine.

Simon Bush, February 2021

Learn about our work to save sight