Sights for Hope Endowment Foundation

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Allentown, PA   |  https://sightsforhope.org/endowment/

Mission

To support the operations and activities of Sights for Hope.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director and CEO

Dennis Zehner

Main address

845 W Wyoming St

Allentown, PA 18103 USA

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EIN

23-2129736

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

This endowment foundation supports Sights for Hope. The problems that the agency seeks to address are as follows. Support and Rehabilitative Services: A permanent visual impairment is one of the greatest physical threats to a person’s independence and is cited frequently, with the exclusion of shorter-term public emergencies, as the greatest health-related fear for Americans. Severe vision impairments in the United States are expected to grow from now until the year 2050 at a rate faster than that of both domestic cancer deaths and HIV diagnoses. There is greatly diminished access to interventions for people with vision impairments and limited financial resources. Prevention Services: A child’s visual capabilities account for 80% of what he or she learns. Meanwhile, one in four students has an unidentified visual impairment and one in four people diagnosed with a learning disability experience some degree of visual impairment.

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?

Sights for Hope Services

Sights for Hope's support and rehabilitation services promote the accomplishment of daily tasks, increased access to medical services and food supplies, enhanced personal wellness, and extended self-sufficiency. Its free vision screenings for children stimulate success in school and its community education programs advocate for eye health and safety.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

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.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

People with vision impairments

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The endowment foundation's annual goal is to allocate no more than 10% of its value to Sights for Hope so that the endowment can maintain its sustainability.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The endowment's goal is to support Sights for Hope and help ensure its perpetual existence.

Sights for Hope transforms the lives of people with visual impairments in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County by removing the barriers to their independence and success. It blends a service tradition inspired directly by Helen Keller in 1928 with contemporary practices to provide people with visual impairments the skills, supports, and solutions that advance their self-sufficiency.

Sights for Hope's support and rehabilitative services promote the accomplishment of daily tasks, increased access to medical services and food supplies, enhanced personal wellness, and extended self-sufficiency. Its free vision screenings for children stimulate success in school and its community education programs advocate for eye health and safety. Sights for Hope provides its services at little or no cost, and approximately 85% of its clients with vision loss are from low-income households.

The endowment foundation provides funding opportunities based on best investment practices that ensure the Center for Vision Loss' sustainability.

The agency's three primary strategic purposes are as follows:

Support: To deliver support and improve quality of life for people who experience visual impairments.

Rehabilitation: To provide for rehabilitation of visual capabilities in children and adults.

Prevention: To encourage people of all ages to engage in practices and behaviors that prevent permanent visual impairments.

The endowment is governed by a Board of Directors and has contractual agreements with two external investment managers.

Sights for Hope's services for Lehigh and Northampton counties are provided from its Lehigh Valley Services Center in Allentown, PA. Its services for Monroe County are provided from its Monroe Services Center near Stroudsburg, PA. Sights for Hope is funded through private contributions, grants, government service contracts, revenue from sales of devices and assistive technologies, additional service revenue, event revenue, and endowment allocations.

The endowment has sustained and supported the services of what is known today as Sights for Hope since 1980.

Financials

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Operations

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Sights for Hope Endowment Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Martin Lang

Lang, Faylor, Chomo & Company

Term: 2014 -

Martin Lang

Lang, Faylor, Chomo & Company

Todd Donnelly

The WorkShop Content Studios

Gary Pave

Gary Pave Certified Public Accountant

Thomas Reilly, Esq.

Gross McGinley Attorneys at Law

John Sharkey

Concannon, Miller & Company, Retired

Edward Vogrins

E.J. Vogrins Asset Management, Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/19/2021

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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

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