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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Eye Samaritans International

    Shreveport, LA, USA
    Project Title: Eradicating ROP in Ukraine and Armenia Website: http://eyesamaritans.org

    About the Grantee

    Eye Samaritans International was formed in 2012, which now helps and advocates ROP treatment in nine countries including Russia. Money raised helps educate ophthalmologists, neonatologists, and nurses on how they can change the staggering statistics of blindness in children.

    Purpose of the Grant

    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

    Term

    12 months
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

    Cassville, NY, USA
    Project Title: Providing More Guide Dogs to Blind and Visually-Impaired People Website: https://freedomguidedogs.org

    About the Grantee

    Started by husband and wife team, Eric & Sharon Loori, over 25 years ago, they run a state-of-the-art kennel facility with all the amenities to make guide dogs as comfortable as possible, and structured for training staff. They placed 40 guide dogs in 2017.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide general operating support for Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Northeast’s lowest-cost provider of guide dogs for people who are blind

    Amount

    $360,000

    Term

    48 Months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Scaling up Diabetic Retinopathy Services in Bangladesh, Phase II (SDRS2) Website: http://hki.org

    About the Grantee

    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.

    Purpose of the Grant

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

    Amount

    $512,397

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Helen Keller Services

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: Summer Adolescent Vocational Experience Website: https://www.helenkeller.org

    About the Grantee

    Since 1893, Helen Keller Services (HKS) has been committed to improving the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired or have combined hearing and vision loss.

    Purpose of the Grant

    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 legally blind

    Amount

    $284,495

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Kupona Foundation

    Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
    Project Title: Ensuring the sustainability of quality, specialist ophthalmology services in Tanzania Website: http://kuponafoundation.org

    About the Grantee

    Kupona Foundation is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to those who need it most in Tanzania.

    Purpose of the Grant

    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

    Term

    4 months

    Grant Regions

    Africa, International
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Kupona Foundation

    Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
    Project Title: Ensuring the sustainability of quality, specialist ophthalmology services in Tanzania – Phase 2 Website: http://kuponafoundation.org

    About the Grantee

    Kupona Foundation is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to those who need it most in Tanzania.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Kupona Foundation’s Tanzanian affiliate CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) in using Aravind-like hospital-improvement strategies to increase the volume, efficiency, affordability, and sustainability of CCBRT eye care services

    Amount

    $451,991

    Term

    30 months

    Grant Regions

    Africa, International
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    2017
    Education

    National Braille Press

    Boston, MA, USA
    Project Title: ReadBooks! New York State Expansion Project Website: http://www.nbp.org

    About the Grantee

    National Braille Press supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through braille literacy, and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

    Purpose of the Grant

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

    Amount

    $162,303

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

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

    Albany, NY, USA
    Project Title: Afterschool and Summer Programs for Youth who are Blind or Visually Impaired Website: https://naba-vision.org

    About the Grantee

    NABA provides a wide range of services to individuals with visual impairments, including training and placing legally blind adults in professional employment, and providing rehabilitation services to seniors with age-related vision loss. NABA, with over a century of experience, continues to help individuals overcome the challenges of vision loss, enabling them to lead more productive, independent lives. NABA also provides free vision screening for children 18 months to 4 years old through our KidSight Program.

    Purpose of the Grant

    (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

    Term

    42 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Olmsted Center for Sight

    Buffalo, NY, USA
    Project Title: Planning for a Multi-Site Upstate New York Jobs Initiative Website: http://olmstedcenter.org

    About the Grantee

    The Olmsted Center for Sight aims to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite initial planning work, including coordinating meetings among Olmsted Center for Sight, 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

    Term

    1 month

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Rutgers University Foundation

    Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Project Title: A Peer Support Mental Health Program for People Living with Blindness or Low Vision Website: http://www.support.rutgers.edu

    About the Grantee

    Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers’ pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The foundation provide sthe bridge between donors and the schools and programs, faculty, and students that make up this university to help to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers.

    Purpose of the Grant

    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

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Seva Foundation

    Berkeley, CA, USA
    Project Title: Expanding Quality Training for Allied Ophthalmic Personnel in Latin America Website: http://www.seva.org

    About the Grantee

    Seva works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

    Purpose of the Grant

    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 America build their own capacity to train AOP’s

    Amount

    $428,937

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    The Research Foundation for SUNY

    Brockport, NY, USA
    Project Title: A New Vision for People who are Blind in NYC Website: http://www.campabilities.org

    About the Grantee

    Camp Abilities Brockport aims to empower children and teens with visual impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, towns, cities, and communities, as well as to improve the health and well-being of people with sensory impairments.

    Purpose of the Grant

    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

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: VISIONS Staff Capacity Building in Cortical Visual Impairment Website: https://www.visionsvcb.org

    About the Grantee

    Started by six women in 1926 and pioneered racially integrated programs in the early 1920’s,VISIONS is a 501c3 nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency celebrating over 90 years of service, assisting people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities, and educating the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life.

     

    Purpose of the Grant

    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

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Education

    Benetech Initiative

    Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Project Title: Bookshare: Building Human Capital at Specific Stages of Life Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired in New York City Website: https://benetech.org

    About the Grantee

    Benetech continues to be a nonprofit—with a pure focus on developing software for social good. More than two decades after our founding, we’ve grown to include multiple program areas and initiatives that provide software to improve—even transform—the lives of people all across the world.

    Purpose of the Grant

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

    Amount

    $525,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Education

    Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program

    Multiple Locations
    Project Title: Collegiate Scholarships Website: https://lavellefund.org/scholarship-program-2/

    About the Grantee

    The Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind (formerly, the Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program) aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 12 selected private colleges in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide financial assistance to U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needed, and studying at any of 12 partnering private colleges and universities located in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut (Phase 3)

    Amount

    $414,563

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2016
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Deafblind Citizens in Action

    San Diego, CA, USA
    Project Title: Leadership Development Program for Young Adults who are Deafblind Website: https://dbcitizens.org

    About the Grantee

    As a disability rights organization, DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA) strives for a better world for all, and founded by young deafblind adults.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support two successive six-person cadres of young adults who are deafblind in developing their own leadership and self-advocacy skills by communicating to relevant federal policymakers about the education, employment, and technology accessibility needs of Americans who are deafblind

    Amount

    $76,000

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2016
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: ChildSight New York: Expanding Access to Vision Care for Disadvantaged Children Website: http://hki.org

    About the Grantee

    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Helen Keller International’s ChildSight® Program in 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

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Education

    Learning Ally

    Princeton, NJ, USA
    Project Title: Learning Ally's College Success Program Website: http://www.learningally.org

    About the Grantee

    Learning Ally is dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, including blindness, visual impairment, and dyslexia. Learning Ally improves the way students learn at home and in the classroom.

    Purpose of the Grant

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

    Amount

    $600,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2016
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    My Blind Spot, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: My Blind Spot Quickbooks Training Program Website: https://myblindspot.org

    About the Grantee

    My Blind Spot aims to inspire accessibility for people of ALL abilities and to provide outreach, advocacy, education and services by promoting an inclusive culture and accessible digital infrastructure to ensure equal access to employment, education, recreation, and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities.

    Purpose of the Grant

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

    Amount

    $59,774

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Olmsted Center for Sight

    Buffalo, NY, USA
    Project Title: Increasing Olmsted Center for Sight's Sustainability and Generating Employment Opportunities for Individuals who are Blind Website: http://olmstedcenter.org

    About the Grantee

    The Olmsted Center for Sight aims to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To increase the Olmsted Center for Sight’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 contracts and business contracts for both manufactured goods and contact center services

    Amount

    $655,000

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Education

    Perkins School for the Blind

    Watertown, MA, USA
    Project Title: Expanding Educational Opportunities for Children with Vision Impairment: Perkins Resource Center in Argentina Website: http://www.perkins.org

    About the Grantee

    Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    (1) 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 (2) to help stabilize and strengthen the financial management of three model schools for such children in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Ahimsa and ADEFAV) and Lima, Peru (Helen Keller Association – Peru)

    Amount

    $330,062

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2016
    Medical Eye Care

    Seva Foundation

    Berkeley, CA, USA
    Project Title: Eastern Nepal Eye Care Expansion Website: http://www.seva.org

    About the Grantee

    Seva works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To build eye care capacity and service volume in the Seva Foundation’s Eastern Nepal eye care network

    Amount

    $405,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2016
    Medical Eye Care

    The CRUDEM Foundation, Inc.

    St. Ludlow, MA, USA
    Project Title: Hôpital Sacré-Coeur, Milot Haiti Ophthalmology Clinic Website: http://crudem.org

    About the Grantee

    At CRUDEM and Hôpital Sacré Coeur, they aim toward a higher calling with a vision for a better world, to exemplify their Christian heritage of service and compassion by:

    • Providing accessible quality health care,
    • Embracing all people in need regardless of their
      religion, economic status or medical condition,
    • Responding with faith, integrity, respect
      and excellence,
    • Meeting others with an open heart and open mind, calling forth the self-empowerment of the people and communities we serve, and
    • Upholding, at all times, and in all endeavors, the inherent dignity of every individual.

     

    Purpose of the Grant

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

    Amount

    $94,395

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2016
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Employment Services for Lavelle-Brother Kearney Scholars Website: https://www.visionsvcb.org

    About the Grantee

    Started by six women in 1926 and pioneered racially integrated programs in the early 1920’s,VISIONS is a 501c3 nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency celebrating over 90 years of service, assisting people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities, and educating the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide, each year, job preparation and placement services to between 15 and 30 incumbent Lavelle – Brother Kearney Scholars interested in obtaining permanent paid jobs in New York City

    Amount

    $418,365

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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