VisionSpring

See Well, Do Well

New York, NY   |  www.visionspring.org

Mission

Access to Affordable Eyewear, Everywhere

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Ella Gudwin

Main address

P.O. Box 756

New York, NY 10108 USA

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Formerly known as

Scojo Foundation

EIN

31-1811558

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Management & Technical Assistance (Q02)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Eyeglasses are a powerful tool for social and economic development. And yet, 2.7 billion people need and do not have this 700-year-old technology. This is a problem with a solution hiding in plain sight. Eyeglasses generate a high social return on investment. Our 2018 randomized control trial conducted with tea pickers in Assam, India, found that with reading glasses productivity increased by 22% on average, and up to 32% among workers over the age of 501. This landmark study published in The Lancet Global Health represents the largest productivity increase ever recorded from a health intervention. For people earning less than $4 per day, this increased productivity translates into increased earnings of roughly $216 over the two-year lifespan of a pair of VisionSpring eyeglasses.* Using high-volume, low-margin business models, VisionSpring generates a high social return on investment, yielding $43 of economic impact at the household level for every $1 of philanthropy contributed.

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?

See to Earn

Increase productivity, sustain income-earning potential

To boost the earning potential and quality of life for working-age adults -including women micro-entrepreneurs, artisans, weavers, factory workers, farmers, and their family members - we partner with private foundations, government, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) offices to bring free vision screening and subsidized glasses to communities.

Reading Glasses for Improved Livelihoods (RGIL):
In Bangladesh and Uganda, we have trained 27,500 community health workers to conduct near vision screenings. The program, co-implemented with BRAC, has sold more than 1.7 million pairs of reading glasses to date.

Clear Vision Workplaces:
In collaboration with employers, leading brands and USAID, we are increasing eyeglasses coverage rates and income-earning potential among workers on agricultural estates and in textile and garment factories. As of 2021, the program has reached over 200,000 workers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
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.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

People with vision impairments, Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of corrective pairs of eyeglasses distributed by VisionSpring. In 2020, in addition to eyeglasses, VisionSpring distributed 2.8 million units of PPE and COVID-supplies to health partners.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

We have a bold vision to reach 2.5 million people with clear vision annually by 2025

VisionSpring provides affordable eyeglasses, vision screening and training so that non-profits, social entrepreneurs, government agencies, and corporate clients can bring the wonder of clear vision to low-income communities.

A global team of staff across the countries of Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia, supported by a team based in New York, USA.

A 200-person community mobilization team: Trained in community-based service delivery, mobilization, education and awareness-raising.

A network of 350 health care providers: VisionSpring provides eyeglasses and training supports to government, mission and private hospitals, primary care clinics, vision centers, eye hospitals, and community health workers, in low and middle-income countries around the world.

A global supply chain: VisionSpring maintains partnerships with eyeglasses vendors to procure low-cost yet extremely high-quality near-vision non-prescription as well as prescription glasses, and a global network of third-party logistics partners that allow us to distribute eyeglasses around the world to our customers and partners.

A lens lab and supply chain center: Our lens lab in India can produce over 20,000 prescription eyeglasses monthly.
VisionSpring's India supply chain center in, with procurement, warehousing and dispatch capabilities, delivers durable, low-cost, high-quality eyeglasses.

Since VisionSpring's founding, we have reached 7.5 million people with the eyeglasses they need to see clearly, creating $1.6 billion in income-earning potential. Since 2016, VisionSpring eyeglasses have reached customers in 53 low and middle-income countries.

Financials

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Operations

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

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VisionSpring

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Reade Fahs

National Vision, CEO

Term: 2022 - 2009

Jordan Kassalow

Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick ODS

Reade Fahs

National Vision, Inc.

Seth Rosen

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David Chute

i2C Ventures LLC

Cynthia Levine

The Cynthia Levine Group

Jonathan Lewis

Folio Partners LLC

Marybeth Dee

Luko Ltd.

Charles de Gunzberg

First Spring Corp.

David Bornstein

Author

Jonathan Lance

Lance Partners LLC

Nancy Rosenzweig

Trillium Asset Management, Director

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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