About the Lavelle Fund for the Blind
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind is a charitable grant-making foundation dedicated primarily to supporting programs that help New York State and New York City area residents who are blind or visually impaired live independent and productive lives. While priority is generally given to programs in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Fund also considers grant requests geared to preventing, treating and, where possible, reversing blindness and vision loss globally.
A Holiday Letter to Our Grantees
Executive Director Susan Olivo and Board President Dan Callahan reflect on what we’ve accomplished together during this challenging year.
Catch up on the latest news from the Lavelle Fund.
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind salutes two of our very prestigious India-based grantees, Dr. G.N. Rao of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, and Ravilla Ravindran of Aravind Eye Care System and congratulates them on being among the 13 doctors and researchers to receive the Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness by 20/20. Award winners were chosen based on the strength of their contributions to eliminate blindness.
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind announces the election of Dr. José Miguel Román to the Board of Directors and the new Office and Administrative Associate, Oliver Fuhrmann.
Case Study Highlights
In 2014, the Fund approved a grant of $303,560 to Learning Ally, the country’s largest provider of recorded textbooks for students who are otherwise print-disabled, to create a national program designed to help blind and visually impaired students succeed in college. The College Success Program was to consist of (1) a website presenting online resources and information, and (2) a mentorship program pairing students with mentors who have been successful visually impaired college graduates.
Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital
In 2013, the Fund approved a grant of $473,679 to Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) in New Delhi, India to build sustainable capacity for training additional numbers of new vision technicians, ophthalmic nursing assistants, and patient counselors. The overall goal of the project was to produce a combined total of 150 such trainees within the grant’s three-year life. SCEH expected ultimately to hire most of the graduates of the training and to use these cost-efficient “physician-extenders” to drive a near-doubling of the hospital’s yearly volume of cataract surgeries.
VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
In 2013, the Fund approved a grant of $500,000 to support VISIONS, with its partner Helen Keller Services for the Blind, in launching an employer-centered and -guided job training and placement program for adults who are legally blind and live in New York City or Long Island. The program was to cultivate sustainable relationships with selected NYC and Long Island employers who hire entry-level workers.