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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    The Priory in the USA of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem

    Washington, D.C., USA
    Project Title: Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem Website: http://www.saintjohn.org

    About the Grantee

    The Order of St John is and has always been apolitical, and its work furthers the cause of peace in the Middle East. In a land where ethnic and religious divisions still fester and the situation changes daily, The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group has made real the ideal of peoples united, not divided, by their faiths. Inspired by Christian ideals, the hospital treats mostly Muslim patients with the help of many Jewish physicians who assist in training.

    For many years the Hospital Group battled trachoma, a disease that once regularly blinded thousands and still reappears occasionally. The Hospital Group has always dealt with traumatic injuries to the eyes, whether as the result of industrial or domestic accidents or violence. It also treats inherited diseases, such as the congenital cataracts common in the Palestinian community, as well as all other diseases of the eye, from amblyopia to glaucoma.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To purchase the phaco-emulsification machine needed to open a second operating theater at St. John’s new eye clinic in the Gaza Strip, thereby facilitating the delivery of 400 additional cataract surgeries per annum (starting in 2015-16)

    Amount

    $120,000.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Outside South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    UNRWA USA

    Washington, D.C., USA
    Project Title: Special Children, Special Needs (SCSN) Project Website: https://www.unrwa.org

    About the Grantee

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.

    The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To ensure that approximately 7,000 refugee children will be provided with glasses annually

    Amount

    $100,003.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Outside South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Health Aging Program for Blind and Visually Impaired Seniors 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 underwrite the launch of a sustainable healthy aging program for blind and visually impaired seniors participating in VISIONS’s Center on Aging

    Amount

    $180,000.00

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    Aravind Eye Foundation

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO): Building Sustainable Eye Care Capacity in South Asia Website: http://www.aravindeyefoundation.org

    About the Grantee

    The Aravind Eye Foundation, formerly the Friends of Aravind, was founded in 2000 to support the Aravind Eye Care System in its mission to eliminate needless blindness and spread Aravind’s sustainable model of high-quality, patient-centric healthcare throughout the world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in helping 25 eye hospitals on the Indian sub-continent sharply increase the volume, affordability, quality, and sustainability of their surgical and other eye care services.

    Amount

    $975,328.00

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2014
    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

    $245,860.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    CancerCare, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Evaluation of Financial Assistance and Support Program for People with Ocular Cancers (and Other Cancers Affecting Vision) Website: https://www.cancercare.org

    About the Grantee

    CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite a third-party evaluation of CancerCare’s Lavelle-supported financial assistance program for financially needy Tri-State New York residents with ocular cancers or other vision-affecting cancers

    Amount

    $54,000.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    CancerCare, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Financial Assistance and Support Program for People with Ocular Cancers (and Other Cancers Affecting Vision) Website: https://www.cancercare.org

    About the Grantee

    CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite financial assistance and counseling services to 200 financially needy Tri-State New York Area residents with ocular cancer or other vision-affecting cancers

    Amount

    $360,000.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    City Access New York, Inc.

    Staten Island, NY, USA
    Project Title: Vocational Education and Experience for New York City Youth who are Blind Website: http://www.cityaccessny.org

    About the Grantee

    City Access New York promotes lifelong access to educational, vocational and cultural programs for New Yorkers of all abilities. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that identifies barriers to participation, in schools and in the community, and adapts the content and delivery of programs to the diverse needs of people with disabilities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite vocational education, career exploration, orientation and mobility training for New York City secondary school and college students who are blind or visually impaired through participation in paid internships at local museums and cultural institutions

    Amount

    $180,000.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Education

    Dominican College

    Orangeburg, NY, USA
    Project Title: Teachers of the Visually Impaired Programs Website: https://www.dc.edu

    About the Grantee

    The aim of Dominican College is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, the College is an independent institution of higher learning, Catholic in origin and heritage. In the Dominican tradition, it fosters the active, shared pursuit of truth and embodies an ideal of education rooted in the values of reflective understanding and compassionate involvement.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide continued core support to Dominican Colleges Teacher of the Visually Impaired Programs (M.S. degree and certificate).

    Amount

    $387,834.00

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Scaling up Diabetic Retinopathy Services in Bangladesh, Phase I (SDRS1) 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 scaling up of diabetic retinopathy diagnosis and treatment in Bangladesh.

    Amount

    $360,783.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    Himalayan Cataract Project

    Waterbury, VT, USA
    Project Title: Strengthening Nepal’s Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology Website: https://www.cureblindness.org

    About the Grantee

    The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To partner with Nepal’s Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in launching and operating a new Community Eye Center (CEC), strengthening and sustaining an existing CEC, and creating a new Secondary Level Eye Center (or “Community Eye Hospital”) in three underserved areas of Nepal. By the grant’s end, these Tilganga units are expected to be delivering a combined total of more than 3,000 cataract surgeries per year.

    Amount

    $250,000.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    International Eye Foundation

    Kensington, MD, USA
    Project Title: Capacity Building in Four Latin American Eye Hospital Systems and within the International Eye Foundation Itself Website: https://iefusa.org

    About the Grantee

    IEF’s mission is to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness by increasing affordability and access to quality comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide., changing how eye care is delivered and changing systems at eye hospitals and clinics to provide quality eye care in an efficient, productive, and sustainable manner.

    Purpose of the Grant

    (1) to help four leading socially oriented hospitals in Latin America expand their capacities in providing primary, surgical, and sub-specialty eye care, increase the number of patients served, strengthen their eye care training and research capacities, and provide support to mentee clinics and (2) to strengthen the capacity of IEF itself – together with its Latin America-based partners in eye care training (“the Delta team”) – to manage an increasing number of eye care capacity-building and sustainability projects

    Amount

    $588,978.00

    Term

    30 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2014
    Education

    Learning Ally

    Princeton, NJ, USA
    Project Title: Advancing the Success of Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Higher Education 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 pilot-test a national program to help 500 U.S. students who are blind or visually impaired learn and succeed in college by: (1) training students to self-advocate with fellow students, professors, and college administrators and (2) providing them web- and phone-based access to mentors in adaptive paths to college success

    Amount

    $303,560.00

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    myFace (formerly NFFR)

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Clinic Coordinator Website: https://www.myface.org

    About the Grantee

    myFace, formerly the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction (NFFR), is a non-profit organization founded to address the all-too-visible plight of those with facial difference by assuring them access to the comprehensive and highly personalized team care at The myFace Center at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center (formerly the IRPS). The Center provides integrative, highly specialized and personalized team care to all those who request treatment, regardless of the type or severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s ability to afford care.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite the hiring of a Clinic Coordinator who will interface with patients and families, schedule clinical services and operating room times, manage referrals, and seek insurance reimbursement for patient care

    Amount

    $120,000.00

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Education

    Perkins School for the Blind

    Watertown, MA, USA
    Project Title: Building Capacity for the Education of Blind and Multiply Disabled Children in Brazil, Chile, Peru and Guatemala 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

    To help sustain Perkins’ effort to increase the quality and accessibility of education for children who are blind and multiply disabled in Brazil, Chile, and Peru and to enable the Fundal School, Perkins’s anchor partner in Guatemala, to continue helping make quality, inclusive education more widely available to children who are blind and multi-disabled in Guatemala and neighboring Central American countries.

    Amount

    $803,805.00

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2014
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Research Foundation of the City University of New York

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Hunter College Training Program for Orientation and Mobility Specialists Website: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/main

    About the Grantee

    Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY). Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. More than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To help sustain the Tri-State New York area’s only college training program for teachers of orientation and mobility skills (O&M) to people with visual impairments

    Amount

    $562,792.00

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    Task Force for Global Health

    Decatur, GA, USA
    Project Title: Eliminating Trachoma in Ethiopia's Oromia Region Website: https://www.taskforce.org

    About the Grantee

    The Task Force for Global Health provides all people with opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To work towards eliminating blinding trachoma in four woredas (health districts) In Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, with a combined population of approximately 644,000

    Amount

    $610,304.00

    Term

    60 months

    Grant Regions

    Africa, International
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    2013
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Aurora of Central New York, Inc.

    Syracuse, NY, USA
    Project Title: Technology Training Program Website: http://www.auroraofcny.org

    About the Grantee

    Aurora of CNY has a long history of providing individual rehabilitation, support and employment services, along with professional Interpreter Referral Services through the Marjorie Clere Interpreter Referral Service. Aurora of CNY is the only area non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting independence and opportunity for people of all ages with vision or hearing loss.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To develop and deliver a technology exploration and training program for blind and visually impaired school children, and to provide train-the trainer technology workshops for 20 of these students’ TVI

    Amount

    $373,722.00

    Term

    28 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2013
    Education

    Benetech Initiative

    Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Project Title: Bookshare India 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 revolutionize the availability of educational materials for people in India who are blind and visually impaired

    Amount

    $349,952.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2013
    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

    $271,431.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2013
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Utica, NY, USA
    Project Title: Implementation of Cost-Saving Energy Conservation Measures at Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Headquarters Website: https://www.cabvi.org

    About the Grantee

    CABVI operates as a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, offering comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To help underwrite cost-saving and productivity-enhancing improvements in the heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) and insulation systems of CABVI’s large 1920’s headquarters building.to underwrite cost-saving and productivity-enhancing improvements in the heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) and insulation systems of CABVI’s large 1920’s headquarters building

    Amount

    $175,000.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2013
    Medical Eye Care

    Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital

    Daryaganj, Delhi, India
    Project Title: Building Sustainable Capacity to Train Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Website: http://www.sceh.net

    About the Grantee

    SCEH is committed to making a lasting impact on the eradication of blindness and deafness in North India, and to be of the best tertiary Eye and ENT care institution in North India by providing quality care to people across all economic sections of the society.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To enable Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital to build sustainable capacity to train a combined total of 50 new vision technicians and ophthalmic nursing assistants per year

    Amount

    $473,679.00

    Term

    42 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2013
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (EARS)

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: E.A.R.S. for Eyes Program Website: http://www.earsforeyes.info

    About the Grantee

    E.A.R.S. is a nonprofit public charity, providing, free of charge, audio lessons that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support E.A.R.S.’s continuing operations

    Amount

    $100,000.00

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2013
    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 help drive continuing increases in enrollments at the Northeast’s lowest-cost provider of guide dogs for people who are blind.

    Amount

    $360,000.00

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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