The Fred Hollows Foundation USA

The basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other.

aka The Fred Hollows Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.hollows.org/us

Mission

We see a world in which no person is needlessly blind or vision impaired. We are an international development organization focusing on blindness prevention and Indigenous Australian health. We are independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please note that the financials reported here are the Group Financials for The Fred Hollows Foundation. The Fred Hollows Foundation USA is a controlled entity of the Group. We would like to thank all of the individuals, families, volunteers, ambassadors, corporations, workplaces and community organizations who have kept Fred Hollows' vision alive. Without your support, our work in more than 25 countries would not have been possible. Thank you for sharing in our founder's dream of a world where no person is needlessly blind.

Ruling year info

2018

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Wishart

Head of North America

Elena Pak

Main address

4 E. 27th St PO Box 20318

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

82-2851329

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t need to be. Eye diseases like cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness when they're either treatable or preventable. The reason people live with blindness is that they can’t access quality eye health care. In many cases, a straightforward 20-minute operation can restore sight or a dose of antibiotics can prevent blindness. So many millions of people are blind simply because they live in poverty. The incredible injustice of this is the driving force behind our work. A majority of the world's blind live in developing countries. Malnutrition, inadequate health and education services, poor water quality and a lack of sanitation can all contribute to eye disease. When people can’t get help, or don’t realize help is available, they stay entrenched in a cycle of extreme poverty – and become increasing vulnerable to avoidable blindness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ending Avoidable Blindness

In developing countries, 4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t need to be. Eye diseases like cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness when they're either treatable or preventable.

People live with blindness because they can’t access quality eye health care. In many cases, a straightforward 20-minute operation that costs $25 can restore sight or a dose of antibiotics can prevent blindness.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 3 times more likely to be blind than other Australians. That's why we are working hard to ensure sustained investment in high-quality, accessible and culturally-appropriate eye care services in remote and under-serviced communities around Australia. Our commitment to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is at the heart of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, People with vision impairments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, 2.3 million school children and community members were educated in eye health and sanitation. 68,293 health workers, including surgeons, clinic staff, and teachers, were also trained.

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 170,000 subscribers to our newsletters and social media.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 The Fred Hollows Foundation had 501,082 donors, demonstrating a constant increase since early years. In 1994 The Foundation had 3,482 donors.

Number of eye operations and treatments performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, People with vision impairments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

646,835 eye operations and treatments were performed in 2019. This number includes 133,148 cataract operations, 21,842 surgeries to treat trachoma, 10,832 diabetic retinopathy treatments.

Number of medical facilities, training centers, and schools equipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with vision impairments

Related Program

Ending Avoidable Blindness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our long-term goal is to have a zero prevalence of avoidable blindness and vision impairment with an immediate focus on the gap between low- and high-income countries and between women and men.

The impact of restoring sight goes beyond treating blindness.

In research we’ve undertaken, we discovered that alleviating blindness is an effective way of easing poverty in the developing world. If more people in a nation can see, more people can go to school, work, raise children, or start businesses. Ending avoidable blindness improves the economy, equality, skills and development of a country, while reducing its financial and social burden.

Our founder's way was never to fly eye doctors into a country or hand out cash and walk away. The Foundation believes in partnerships with individuals, communities and governments.

Our aim, wherever we work, is to build capacity at all levels - from village health centres to regional hospitals to national ophthalmological networks. We train local doctors and health workers, build and upgrade facilities, develop and introduce new technology, and provide equipment.

Advocacy is another key part of our work. We lobby governments to change policies and improve health systems. All the different facets of our work are about achieving two things: providing long-term sustainable eye health care and ending avoidable blindness.

We have been tackling preventable blindness for over 25 years by training thousands of local eye health workers, including surgeons, nurses, and teachers.

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness globally - and an "intraocular lens" or IOL (a lens placed inside the eye) is an integral part of restoring sight to someone with cataract.

When our founder Fred Hollows was alive, IOLs were expensive – which meant that low-cost cataract surgery was considered an impossibility. However, Fred put the pieces in place to create state-of-the-art intraocular lens factories in Nepal and Eritrea. This reduced the cost of a cataract surgery in the 90s from $150 to $25 and made it affordable for people from the developing countries.

Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world today. As many as 229 million people live in areas where they are at risk of developing this crippling disease. To date, we have vaccinated over 19 million people to stop the blinding disease.

We are also at the frontline of research and innovation in eye health. Through the development of innovative new models of eye care financing and stat-of-the-art, low-cost technology, we have been providing the infrastructure and tools needed to effectively prevent and treat eye disease.

We are also using our position as a leading international development organization to put eye health on the global agenda. Working in partnership with like-minded organizations, we are using evidence-based research to affect sustainable change and challenge local governments to do more to ensure everyone can access high-quality care.

In 2019, we treated 24,799,013 with antibiotics for trachoma and distributed 124,409 pairs of glasses. We screened 4,250,931 people in 2019.

We also conducted just under 1 million eye operations and treatments including:
*133,148 cataract operations
*21,842 surgeries to treat trachoma
*10,832 diabetic retinopathy treatments
*481,013 other sight saving or improving interventions

In 2019 we trained 68,293 health workers, including community health workers, surgeons, clinic support staff and teachers. 2.3 million school children and community members were also educated in eye health and sanitation.

We also built or renovated 24 medical facilities and provided 4,677 medical facilities, training centers and schools with necessary equipment.

Our strategic goals include a fierce focus to eliminate the global backlog of cataract surgeries; to finally end trachoma; to make effective refractive error prevention and treatment accessible to all; and effectively manage diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Fred Hollows Foundation USA

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Brumby

The Fred Hollows Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data