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VISION OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL INC

Follow Christ in changing lives one eye at a time!

aka VISION OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL INC   |   Saint Joesph, MI   |  www.visionoutreach.org

Mission

Empowering the poor through sight restoration on a global scale in the name of Christ.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Roger Cabe

Main address

2848 Niles Road

Saint Joesph, MI 49085 USA

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EIN

38-3621703

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Eye (H41)

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

The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION explains the magnitude of the problem this way. “According to the latest assessment, cataract is responsible for 51% of world blindness, which represents about 20 million people (2010). Although cataracts can be surgically removed, in many countries barriers exist that prevent patients to access surgery. Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness. As people in the world live longer, the number of people with cataract is anticipated to grow. Cataract is also an important cause of low vision in both developed and developing countries.” (https://www.who.int/blindness/causes/priority/en/index1.html) We have developed a compassionate ministry aimed at restoring sight, both physically and spiritually, in under-served areas of the world. We are training skilled professionals and developing creative resources to minimize the barriers and open the doors to give patients access to surgery and quality eye care.

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?

Mission Trips

SURGICAL MISSION TEAMS TRAVEL TO UNDER-SERVED AREAS OF THE WORLD TO REMOVE CATARACTS AND TRAIN ATTENDEES IN OPHTHALMIC PROCEDURES AND
MISSION ADMINISTRATION.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL TO UNDER-SERVED AREAS OF THE WORLD TO PERFORM VARIOUS EYE SURGERIES. OPHTHALMIC PERFESSIONALS EVALUATED PATIENTS, REMOVE CATARACTS, AND TRAINED ATTENDEES IN THE MANUAL SMALL INCISION CATARACT SURGERY (MSICS) PROCEDURE.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

OUR DIGITAL NETWORKING INCLUDES SEVERAL WEB PORTALS SUCH AS: (1) GLOBAL SIGHT ALLIANCE (2) YO2GO AND (3) MSIC CLASSROOM. THEIR PURPOSE IS TO CENTRALIZE EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL CATARACT BLINDNESS. THESE RESOURCES INCLUDE:

- VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
(MATCHING EYE CARE PROFESSIONALS WITH GLOBAL NEEDS)
- BLOGS AND REPORTS FROM DOCTORS ON THE FRONT LINES
- RESOURCES FOR PLANNING AND SUPPORTING MISSION TRIPS
- EDUCATIONAL LIBRARIES
- VIDEOS

210 DIGITAL BOOKS WERE DOWNLOADED. 30 MISSION TRIPS WERE POSTED FROM 10 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Where we work

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 motto is: “Following Christ in changing lives, one eye at a time.”

Our goals are to train and equip more eye care personnel, to develop more effective tools and equipment, to raise more funding and awareness, in order to provide more surgical access, to those who have limited resources in order to eliminate needless blindness around the world and activate an untapped population ready to give back to others.

Our work is divided into three main areas: Missions, Training, and Networking.

MISSIONS
We continue to administrate and support cataract surgical missions around the world. This keeps us current on the latest tips, tools, and techniques needed for international eye care.

TRAINING
We believe that quality (A)dministrators, (M)edical Technicians, (P)hysicians, and (S)piritual leaders are needed to run a successful eye mission. Thus, we want to train more AMPS in order to strengthen our long-term success by providing the resources and personnel needed to accomplish the work.

NETWORKING
We believe that we are better when working together with others. There are many organizations doing similar work. We are striving to bring them all together for collaboration and synergy. This helps us minimize future mistakes and avoid duplication. We network with like-minded individuals, industries, and mission agencies. View our Network - http://visionoutreachinternational.org/network/ or Partners - http://visionoutreachinternational.org/our-partners/

MISSIONS
We network with organizations that have an established presence in foreign countries. We are considerate of the local economy and strive to serve those who cannot afford their services. When possible, we work alongside the local medical personnel offering them training as we progress.

Our ultimate goal is to restore sight to the poor only a global scale in the name of Christ.

TRAINING

Our strategy for training is simple.

We do it.
We do it and you watch.
You do it and we watch.
You do it.
You do it with another and repeat the process.

Though the strategy is simple the execution is rather difficult based on the motivation of the trainee and their capacity to learn. The details can be overwhelming. However, with consistency and continual training, most trainees can progress through the steps in one to four years.
It is our goal to train the trainees, and then have the trainees learn to train. This is a slow and tedious process, but in the future, if this continues, we will see the power of compound multiplication.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
We have partnerships with many industries and mission agencies. We actively engage in discussion on the best, most efficient mobile equipment. Before recommending these devices to others, we strive to vet the equipment in the states and abroad.
Where few to no affordable and mobile devices exist, we work with manufacturers in developing the necessary equipment needed. We consider portability, durability, and sustainability high priority for foreign endeavors.

AWARENESS
We use lectures, videos, webinars, printed material, websites, social media, and word of mouth to spread information about global blindness. We share true stories of changed lives to inspire others to give and get involved. We try to stay up on the latest trends in marketing. We ask our clients and donors for feedback on what is working and what is not.

NETWORKING
We learn so much from working with others and at times share our wisdom to help them also. For that reason, we developed a separate web portal for networking. It is called the Global Sight Alliance. This portal gives eye care providers resources and information needed to succeed in global endeavors. We provide videos, webinars, hands-on conferences and training, and articles. We are constantly adding to our supply of information and updating items as often as possible.

This portal also contains a global mission map of where and when our networks partners are active around the world. We give other international agencies and organizations access to enter and update their own information. We then use these resources to network medical professionals with global needs.

We have come a long way on a small budget because of our network of volunteers.

MISSIONS

We have 5-6 volunteer mission coordinators who strive to lead international surgical missions on a regular basis. We are brainstorming strategies on how to expand the leadership team by adding more coordinators. Through these efforts, along with a multitude of medical volunteers, we are able to conduct 2-8 international mission endeavors a year.

Because of our volunteers and our industry connections, we are able to take one dollar of donation and return eight dollars of service. This is a GREAT return on investment.

TRAINING

Our goal is to train trainers to train. We have three international locations where we train Ophthalmologic Surgeons how to perform an international eye surgery known as MSICS (Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery). We also have mobile surgical trainers who add training to their mission endeavors.

NETWORKING

We have developed a web portal (globalsight.org) where international eye care organizations can post their mission opportunities. This brings more opportunities to one location. We have also developed 100s of videos, webinars, and digital resources that can be accessed for training all over the world.

Since 2001, Vision Outreach International has organized and accomplished 134 international endeavors, evaluated 20,422 eye patients, performed 6,516 sight-restoring surgeries in 24 different countries, giving an estimated value of donated time, service, and resources of over 14.5 million dollars. We have trained 115 different surgeons in 61 different training camps.

Training and activating more leaders is our current and future thrust. We have identified four areas of leadership where we need to train; Administrator, Medical Technicians, Physicians, and Spiritual Leadership. We call the areas AMPS for short. We are trying to increase our AMPS for future growth and extended power. We are working and praying that we have success in these areas.

We are also networking with like-minded individuals and agencies to synergize and accelerate our work. Working together with others helps us illuminate duplication and focus on the strengths that each individual and organization brings to the group.

Financials

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VISION OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 01/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Luke Brown

True Blue Financial

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Kenny Lee MD

Straub Medical Center, HI

Term: 2018 - 2024

Roger William Cabe

Vision Outreach International

Kenny Lee, MD

Straub Medical Center, HI

Lisa Vredevoogd, MD

Eyes to See / Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus

William Powers

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union

Jill Rodila MD

Aker Kasten Eye Center, FL

Luke Brown

True Blue Financial, MI

Laura Rafferty-Mazzei

Certified Ophthalmic Tech. NY

Thomas Fisher

Great Lakes Eye Care

Stanley Pletcher, MD

Great Lakes Eye Care

John Marohn, OD

Great Lakes Eye Care

Daniel Van Elk, OD

Great Lakes Eye Care

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/5/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data