ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation

aka ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation   |   Providence, RI   |  www.visionforanimals.org

Mission

The mission of the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is to improve the quality of life of animals by advancing eye health through science and education.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Jen Gazdacko

Main address

302 Pearl Street #108

Providence, RI 02907 USA

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EIN

04-3726252

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (D05)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

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Communication

Programs and results

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Our programs

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Resident Grants

Each year the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation offers 5-7 research grants, of up to $5,000, to ACVO-approved residents in areas of veterinary ophthalmology.

Residents must be in ACVO-approved residencies and sponsored by his/her ACVO mentor(s).

The ACVO-VAF will support research supplies, materials, limited equipment, publication and salary for technical support.

The ACVO-VAF does not support the salary of the resident, salary of the faculty mentor, tuition, major equipment, or institutional indirect costs.

Animal related experiments require approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee with the proposal submission.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation has adopted the following goals for 2014.

1.) Major Grants Program/Think Tank: Develop a major grant program to fund larger projects ($100k range)

Strategies:
Identify a topic area for further investigation
Organize a 1-2 day Think Tank to discuss the topic.
Summarize results in a white paper, post online and publish in Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal.
Issue RFP for grant applications in early 2015

2.) Outreach & Public Relations: Better educate both ACVO Diplomates and the general public about the work of the Vision for Animals Foundation and ways to support the organization.

Strategies:

Launch new website
Create quarterly e-newsletter with information about VAF programs, activities, events
Create a VAF Facebook page and update regularly

3.) Individual Giving: Focus on cultivating individuals within the ACVO to become supporters via annual campaigns.

Strategies:

Develop opportunities for giving beyond auction/ raffle at the ACVO conference.
Cultivate prospects for major gifts

4.) Corporate Giving: Explore opportunities for partnership with large practices and other ophthalmology related companies (equipment, pharmaceuticals).

5.) Donor Recognition: Create specific benefits for individual and corporate donors to honor and promote their contributions.

6.) Board Governance: Establish a monthly/bi-monthly meeting schedule (phone) and add an additional in-person meeting to the calendar.

Financials

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ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation

Board of directors
as of 4/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Rachel Keller Vaughan

Jamie Schorling

Kenneith Pierce

Ken Abrams

Heather Chandler

Eric Ledbetter

Nancy McLean

Nicole MacLaren

Gillian McLellan

Georgina Newbold

Terah Webb

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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? No