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Trusts and foundations

A man walks with a white cane, a group of people are following him.

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: [email protected] or +44 (0) 1444 446658

United States of America

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

Continental Europe

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


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


Rahel Kasaw after her trachoma operation in Ethiopia.

“I feel I am equal to my classmates now”


Flash Odiwuor.

“Sightsavers helped me to go back to school”


“A Facebook message saved our son’s sight”


“I volunteer so I can help my community”




15-year-old Jenneh, who is blind, outside her school building in the Bo district of Sierra Leone.

Children with disabilities in Sierra Leone given the chance to go to school

15 August 2017

A new Sightsavers project, in the northern Bombali district, will particularly focus on girls with disabilities to ensure they receive an education. Continue reading

Rosalind Jones sits in her home beside a photo of her brother, plus newspaper clippings about the plane crash.

Proceeds from air crash book to be donated to Sightsavers

14 August 2017

An author whose brother died in a plane crash in Norway in 1961 has written a book to investigate the tragedy, with royalties donated to charities including Sightsavers. Continue reading

Five children dressed up as celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Ella Eyre, Michael Caine, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Hamilton.

Kids step into their idols’ shoes for Specs Appeal

08 August 2017

Five children were given the chance to become a celebrity for the day, and were snapped by photographer Rankin for Sightsavers’ Specs Appeal. Continue reading

Global blindness set to triple by 2050

03 August 2017

Sightsavers has pledged to continue to tackle avoidable blindness after research revealed the number of blind people across the world is set to soar. 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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