Fund for the Blind, Inc.

2016 Grants

Medical Eye Care

Christian Blind Mission (USA)

Purpose:

To fund a RAAB (“Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness”) survey of the nature, extent, and location of the eye disease and vision impairment burden in four Filipino regions with a combined population of 7.4 million.

Amount:

$92,952.00

The CRUDEM Foundation, Inc.

Purpose:

To help the Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti launch and operate a sustainable, full-time eye care service.

Amount:

$94,395.00

Helen Keller International

Purpose:

To support awareness-building and advocacy for City of New York and, ultimately, State of New York funding for the now-unfunded State mandate to screen the vision of all New York school children at middle school and other appropriate age levels.

Amount:

$127,159.00

Seva Foundation

Purpose:

To build the additional eye care capacity needed to enable Seva’s Eastern Nepal eye care network to double its cataract surgery volume and to increase by an average of 150% its annual output in both eye examinations and medical treatments.

Amount:

$405,000.00

Education

Benetech Initiative

Purpose:

To dramatically increase the availability and use of accessible books and print materials for people with visual disabilities in New York City, including college students, veterans, and other working age adults.

Amount:

$525,000.00

Learning Ally

Purpose:

To strengthen and expand the College Success Program, a relatively new national program to provide college students who are blind or visually impaired with the supports they need to thrive academically and socially in college, graduate from college, and obtain paid employment.

Amount:

$600,000.00

Perkins School for the Blind

Purpose:

To build the capacity of Perkins's Resource Center in Cordoba, Argentina to strengthen the practice of K-12 teachers and schools that serve children who are blind and multiply disabled in targeted Spanish-speaking South American countries, and to stablize and strengthen the financial management of three model schools for such children in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Lima, Peru.

Amount:

$330,062.00

The Brother Kearney Scholarship Program

Purpose:

Brother Kearney Scholarship Program

Amount:

$414,563.00

Vision Rehabilitation

Deafblind Citizens in Action

Purpose:

To support two successive six-person cadres of young adults who are deaf-blind in developing their own leadership and self-advocacy skills by communicating to relevant federal policymakers (e.g., FCC officials charged with making telephone communication accessible to all) about the education, employment, and technology accessibility needs of Americans who are deaf-blind.

Amount:

$76,000.00

My Blind Spot, Inc.

Purpose:

To advance the employability and financial success of 30 NYC area small business owners and job aspirants who are blind by training them to use My Blind Spot’s accessible version of QuickBooks™ accounting software.

Amount:

$59,774.00

Olmsted Center for Sight

Purpose:

To increase the agency's financial sustainability and generate permanent jobs for people who are blind by partnering with the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to win preferred-source government and business contracts for both manufactured goods and contact center services.

Amount:

$655,000.00

Optometric Center of NY, State College of Optometry-SUNY

Purpose:

In partnership with the Catholic Guild for the Blind, to launch at the Guild’s East Side Manhattan headquarters a licensed and sustainable low vision optometry clinic serving New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired.

Amount:

$722,314.00

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Purpose:

To provide, each year, job preparation and placement services to between 15 and 30 incumbent Lavelle - Brother Kearney Scholars interested in obtaining internships and full-time, paid jobs in New York City.

Amount:

$418,365.00