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LIONS EYE FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA NEVADA INC

aka LEF, Lions Eye Foundation   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.lionseyefoundation.com

Mission

The Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada, Inc. (LEF) preserves and restores the gift of sight by providing free ophthalmic examinations, operations, and medication to the less fortunate members of our community.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Mr. John Daniel Posey Esq.

President

Mr. Russ Custer

Main address

P. O. Box 7999 711 Van Ness Avenue, Ste. 250

San Francisco, CA 94120 USA

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EIN

94-1676055

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How to increase the Foundation's outreach to the underprivileged and underserved community while growing annual revenues to meet annual expenses, particularly in those years where the foundation does not receive substantial bequests. The Foundation needs to increase the public's awareness of the Lions Eye Foundation program. Since Covid-19 has impacted new patient referrals, the Foundation will increase its efforts to restore new patient referrals to pre-Covid-19 levels by continuing its outreach to health care clinics regarding services provided by the Foundation.

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?

LEF Patient Referral Program

Patients from Northern California and Nevada are screened and referred by member Lions Clubs, physicians, health clinics, nurses, and opticians. There is no cost to patients. Examinations and operations are performed by Resident Physicians at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) under the supervision of volunteer board-certified opthalmologists who donate their services. Member Lions Clubs make annual contribution to the LEF to help offset operating expenses. The Lions Eye Foundation has a fellowship program that raises revenue as well.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Our Lions Eye Foundation seeks your generous support to provide funds that allow the Foundation to provide free eye examinations, surgeries, and medications to the underserved members of our communities. These services are possible because of the Foundation's partnership with the Sutter California Pacific Medical Center Ophthalmology Residency Program. These services are provided at Lions Eye Clinic at 711 Van Ness Avenue, Ste. 250, San Francisco, California. The program has been in existence for over 60 years and services Northern California and Nevada.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Where we work

Awards

Distinguished Service Award 2005

American Academy of Ophthalmogy

Gold Seal Participant 2013

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Platinum Seal Participant 2018

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Platinum Seal Participant 2019

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Platinum Seal Participant 2020

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Platinum Seal Participant 2021

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Platinum Seal Participant 2022

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Platinum Seal Participant 2023

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Platinum Seal Participant 2024

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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 sight-restoring surgeries performed

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

LEF Patient Referral Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LEF provides free eye surgeries for uninsured individuals. LEF is seeking to increases its outreach through health clinics in northern California and Nevada. 2020 surgeries decline due to Covid-19.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

LEF Patient Referral Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LEF treats patients who have no insurance. This metric represents the annual new number of patients. The 2020 decline is due to Covid-19.

Number of laser procedures annually.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

LEF Patient Referral Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LEF performs laser treatments in its Eye Clinic. This metric represents the annual number of treatments. This number has declined because eye injections have replaced laser procedures.

Number of annual intravenous eye injections.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

LEF Patient Referral Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of noninsured patients receiving free eye injections a the Eye Clinic. This number is increasing because eye injections are being used instead of laser treatments.

Annual ophthalmic procedures.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

LEF Patient Referral Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number decreased the past year because of the retirement of the head of the department which created a void during part of the year. The number is expected to rise this coming year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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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 goal is to continue providing excellent eye care surgeries to the less fortunate at no cost to the patient. In April, 2017, the Foundation moved into a new Lions Eye Clinic at 711 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 250, San Francisco, California and is seeking to increase the number of patients seen in the program. In order to accomplish this, the Foundation is increasing its contacts with health care clinics serving the less fortunate members in our communities. The Foundation is also participating in volunteer eye clinics where there is an outreach to the less fortunate members of our communities. The Foundation assists in helping to determine if people may need eye surgeries and whether these person may be eligible for free eye surgeries at the Lions Eye Clinic.

The Foundation made a grant of $1.5 million dollars to the Pacific Vision Foundation to be used toward the development of an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) on the same floor and next door to the Lions Eye Clinic. This will provide a unique patient experience. The ASC opened at the end of October, 2020. On November 13, 2020, the first Lions patients received surgeries there.

In a new state-of-the-art Eye Center in San Francisco, the Foundation will continue its unique 60+ year partnership with the Sutter California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) residency program which provides volunteer eye care professionals who perform the surgeries at no cost.

The Lions Eye Foundation will increase its education and advertising programs so that members in our communities are aware of the unique program and its new facilities. This will be accomplished through the internet, videos, and publications. Volunteers in the Foundation will be presenting programs about the Foundation to Lions clubs and members of the public.

A marketing committee has been created to centralize the Foundation's overall marketing programs.

Our Trustees, Officers, and Advisors all have many contacts within our local Lions Clubs and the Lions regional organizations in Northern California and Nevada. Their experience in fundraising will permit them to solicit contributions from each club and to educate the clubs.

In addition, the Hellen Keller Fellowship, Don Stanaway Fellowship, and Don Stanaway Life Fellowship has been introduced to encourage individuals to contribute. The Foundation has created a new Fundraising Committee dedicated to growing our future income.

The Foundation has created a Future Vision Society which encourages donors to name the Foundation as a beneficiary in their estate plans. When an individual names the Foundation as a beneficiary they become a member of the Future Vision Society. Members of this society help provide financial sustenance to the Foundation.

The Foundations Capital Campaign raised $2.1 million. The money has been used to purchase $350,000 worth of equipment for the Lions Eye Clinic, and $140,000 was used to help develop an Education Center for to be used in the training of California Pacific Medical Center residency doctors. Another $1.5 million grant has been made for the development of an Ambulatory Surgery Center. A $70,000 retina laser was purchased in 2023.

Our website has been expanded and made more user friendly. A video and slide shows have been added to the LEF website. A new educational video on the operation of out Ophthalmology Diagnostic Services Center has been produced.

Specific key LIon's organizations and individuals are educated on what the Foundation is and what it has accomplished. There are currently 55 health care clinics referring patients to the Lions Eye Clinic. The Foundation will continue to contact health care clinics who are unaware of the Lions Eye Foundation.

In addition, our goal of a 100% board participation in donations to the Foundation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    Doctors and staff at the Eye Clinic monitor feed back.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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LIONS EYE FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA NEVADA INC

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Russ Custer

Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2024

Pat Casey-Gillum

Dr. Leila Chinn

Cliff Cooper

Russ Custer

Linda Griffin

Kelby Hargrave

Jamie Hart

Dr. David Hoskins

Yvonne Kantola

Al Kroell

Christy Kroell

Joseph Pugliese

Linda Pugliese

Kertice Poon

Charles Duke Dunham

Esther Lee

Don Watson

Maryah Tucker

James Oswald

Larry Hidalgo

Deanna Byrne

Arnold Kalvins

Raymon Oliver

Phyllis Rogers

Venetia Young

Tom Mihok

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/21/2024

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
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.