Health—General & Rehabilitative

SEE International

Sight is Freedom

aka Surgical Eye Expeditions International, Inc.

Santa Barbara, CA

Mission

We provide essential and transformative eye care and surgery around the world and right here at home. We bring medical volunteers and partners together to care for the people who need it most. Our teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery. Together we break the cycle of hardship that blindness and visual impairment cause, making patients, families, and communities healthier and stronger.

Ruling Year

2000

President / CEO

Mr. Randal Avolio

Main Address

175 Cremona Drive, Suite 100

Santa Barbara, CA 93117 USA

Keywords

nonprofit, international, vision, blindness, santa barbara, volunteer, humanitarian

EIN

31-1682275

 Number

0261490848

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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

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International Clinics

Santa Barbara Vision Care Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of people screened for vision problems

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with diseases and illnesses,

People with vision impairments

Related program

International Clinics

Number of sight-restoring surgeries provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with vision impairments,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with diseases and illnesses

Related program

International Clinics

Number of sight-restoring programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with diseases and illnesses,

People with vision impairments

Related program

International Clinics

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

SEE works to create a future free of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, where individuals can lead independent lives, regardless of their income or where they live.

Local health authorities all over the world invite us to share our know-how with their clinics. We recruit and organize medical teams and get them the critical supplies and logistical support they need. Since 1974, SEE International has provided about 4,000,000 eye exams and over half-a-million surgeries.

Our 600+ volunteer ophthalmologists' desire to make a difference in the world by using their skills and personal financial resources to cure blindness in developing countries inspires us. We support their philanthropic leadership by maintaining working relationships with surgeons around the world, coordinating international clinics, gathering the best medical supplies available, and offering cutting-edge training for cataract surgery.

SEE International's primary focus is on cataract surgery. This type of surgery is one of the most cost-effective of all health interventions. A volunteer SEE International surgeon can restore the sight of a person who has been blind with cataracts for 5, 10, or even 20 years with a local anesthetic and a 30-minute surgery.

SEE International is the link that connects volunteer ophthalmologists to host clinic sites that are in desperate need of help alleviating the overwhelming numbers of people living in darkness. SEE International organizes the clinics and provides most of the equipment and supplies that are needed. SEE International's volunteer eye surgeons donate their time and pay for all their own travel expenses. During each clinic (approximately five days long), sight is typically restored to 50 to 200 people.

To make this extraordinary work both far-reaching and sustainable, SEE relies on donors. We have created a network of in-kind donors, including Alcon, Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, and Bausch & Lomb, who donate most of the supplies that are used for the clinics. The remainder of the cost—approximately $50 per surgery—is covered by generous individuals and foundations around the world.

SEE International's sole indicator for making progress is the amount of patients served annually by our volunteer doctors and medical professionals, both internationally and locally.

Over the last four decades, SEE International has screened approximately 4 million individuals and provided over half-a-million surgeries worldwide through a generous global volunteer network of more than 600 ophthalmic surgeons, registered nurses, and technicians. SEE intends to expand the scope of its operations into more countries, and reach even more patients.

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Awards & Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Chamber of Commerce

Financials

SEE International

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff and Volunteers.

Diversity Strategies

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