Fund for the Blind, Inc.

2017 Grants

Medical Eye Care

Columbia University

Purpose:

To support the first conference on tele-ophthalmology in New York City.

Amount:

$27,000

Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital

Purpose:

To establish a scalable and replicable training model for mid-level eye care professionals that, by placing more such trained clinicians at Dr. Shroff’s and other North Indian eye hospitals, will help increase the volume, efficiency, accessibility, and sustainability of eye care in the region’s high-need settings.

Amount:

$679,116

Eye Samaritans International

Purpose:

To support the training and equipping of doctors and nurses in the Ukraine and Armenia to diagnose, prevent, and treat potentially blinding Retinopathy of Prematurity in premature infants.

Amount:

$111,000

Helen Keller International

Purpose:

To support the second phase of an initiative to scale up diabetic retinopathy services in Bangladesh.

Amount:

$512,397

Kupona Foundation

Purpose:

To support Seva Canada in helping Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT): (1) undertake needs assessment and planning work for its eye division and (2) define an actionable business plan for reaching and serving much larger numbers of lower income people who need eye care.

Amount:

$35,200

Kupona Foundation

Purpose:

To support Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) in using Aravind-like hospital-improvement strategies to increase the volume, efficiency, affordability, and sustainability of its eye care services.

Amount:

$451,991

Seva Foundation

Purpose:

To expand the capacity of two mentor eye clinics in Latin America to train current and aspiring Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (“AOP’s”) at the mentor clinics, themselves, and to support the mentors in helping at least 10 mentee eye care groups in Latin Amera build their own capacity to train AOP's.

Amount:

$428,937

Education

National Braille Press

Purpose:

To scale up the distribution of braille literacy bags to New York State children aged 0 to 7 who are blind.

Amount:

$162,303

Vision Rehabilitation

Alphapointe

Purpose:

To underwrite certain renovation, equipment, and training costs associated with Alphapointe-NYC’s move to a new building.

Amount:

$700,000

Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment

Purpose:

To support a multi-media advertising and community outreach campaign to recruit and provide vision rehabilitation services to more people who are blind and to earn more revenue in doing so.

Amount:

$200,000

Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Purpose:

To launch in-house physical therapy and occupational therapy services and strengthen and expand adaptive sports services for Utica/Central New York area residents of all ages who are blind and visually impaired.

Amount:

$472,953

City Access New York, Inc.

Purpose:

To underwrite pre-vocational education, orientation and mobility training, and at least two paid, semester- or summer-long internships at partner NYC employers for each of 24 high school and college students who are blind.

Amount:

$348,739.15

Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (E.A.R.S.)

Purpose:

(1) To provide general, unrestricted support for E.A.R.S.’s vision rehabilitation services for seniors who are blind or visually impaired in New York City and Westchester County and (2) to enable E.A.R.S to identify and forge a contingent affiliation or merger agreement with a NYC-based agency that would be able and willing to sustain E.A.R.S. services after its founding President and Executive Director retire.

Amount:

$51,000

Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

Purpose:

To provide general operating support for the Northeast’s lowest-cost provider of guide dogs for people who are blind.

Amount:

$360,000

Helen Keller Services for the Blind

Purpose:

To support a new summer sleep-away camp devoted to building independent living and pre-vocational skills in Long Island youth, ages 10-15, who are blind.

Amount:

$284,495

Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Inc. (NABA)

Purpose:

(1) To help enrich and expand NABA’s existing afterschool and summer programs for youth who are blind, and (2) to launch a small but growing pilot program to advance the full integration of NABA youth into mainstream afterschool and school programs that generally serve sighted youth.

Amount:

$253,350

Olmsted Center for Sight

Purpose:

To underwrite initial planning work, including coordinating meetings among Olmsted, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Helen Keller Services for the Blind, for a new Lavelle Fund / Blind Employers Network of New York (“BENNY”) Initiative to advance placement in competitive jobs that pay more than New York State minimum wage.

Amount:

$13,000

The Research Foundation for SUNY (The College at Brockport)

Purpose:

To recruit and train a combined total of 725 NYS-based K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired, physical education teachers and coaches, and parents in safely and effectively including these students in adaptive sports and physical education in camp and school programs.

Amount:

$299,926

Rutgers University Foundation

Purpose:

To support Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) in launching a peer tele-support mental health program for New York City and Northern New Jersey residents who are blind or visually impaired.

Amount:

$365,604

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Purpose:

To build the proficiency of VISIONS’ rehabilitation professionals and select non-VISIONS teachers and rehabilitation specialists in serving children who have Cortical Visual Impairment (“CVI”) and their families – and then to support the delivery of such services.

Amount:

$300,000

Brother Kearney Scholarship Program

Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program

Purpose:

To provide financial assistance to U.S. residents who are legally blind and financially needy to attend undergraduate and graduate programs at any of the 12 selected private colleges in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Amount:

$320,443