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Press Release: Kevin Hassey Appointed to Board of Directors

RestoringVision Appoints Kevin Hassey to its Board of Directors

San Rafael, CA (May 18, 2020): RestoringVision, the largest global nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, announced the appointment of Kevin Hassey to its Board of Directors. Hassey will serve along an already impressive list of optical industry leaders and business influencers to guide RestoringVision into a successful future.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin as a new director to the RestoringVision board,” said David Chute, Chairman of the board. “Kevin has served as an important advisor to RestoringVision since 2015. His extensive optical industry and philanthropic experience will be extremely beneficial in helping the organization continue to thrive and meet its rapidly growing distribution capacity.”

Hassey’s career spans three decades in the optical industry. He is currently Senior Vice President, Managed Care and Philanthropic Programs at National Vision, Inc. – one of the largest and fastest-growing optical retailers in the United States. During the early part of his career, Hassey also held several positions at Luxottica Group, including Chief Marketing Officer of LensCrafters and Founding General Manager of EyeMed Vision Care. Following his time with Luxottica Group, Hassey shared his talents with National Vision, Inc. and became actively involved in optical philanthropy.

“Helping guide RestoringVision’s impactful work for the last five years as an advisor has been incredibly rewarding,” said Kevin Hassey. “I’m honored to now be joining the Board of this stunning and unique organization that has tremendous potential to improve many more millions of lives worldwide.”

“Our Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated and passionate leaders driven and committed to empowering lives by restoring vision for millions of people in need,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director. “We are excited to welcome Kevin to our board and channel his expertise and passion into advancing our organization to its next level.”

The RestoringVision Board of Directors consists of David Chute, Chairman and President of i2C Ventures; Mark Sachs, Chairman Emeritus and Founder of RestoringVision; John Becker, Treasurer and President of Fort Docs; Erwin Cho, Secretary and Sr. Director of Service Strategy & Innovation of Kaiser Permanente; Reade Fahs, CEO of National Vision, Inc.; Chris Harris, Partner of FFL Partners; Kevin Hassey, SVP Managed Care & Philanthropic Programs at National Vision, Inc; Myles Lewis, CEO of General Vision Services; Jennifer Negrin, Founder of JJN Consulting.

About RestoringVision
One-third of the global population, 2.5 billion people, suffer from vision impairment and its consequences. Of those, 500 million people only need reading glasses to restore their vision but live in impoverished communities with no access to available, affordable glasses. This is one of the biggest global health issues of our time, impacting people’s productivity, health, safety, education, and quality of life. RestoringVision is dedicated to solving this problem by providing new, high-quality reading glasses to people in need around the world. Since 2003, RestoringVision has helped over 16 million people see clearly in more than 130 countries, and it continues to impact millions of lives each year. This year, the Year of Vision, RestoringVision has a goal of reaching 20 million people helped by the end of 2020. To learn more and contribute, please visit www.restoringvision.org.

 

Press Release: RestoringVision Announces “One Hope: Restoring Vision” Campaign

“One Hope: Restoring Vision” Campaign Launches to Bring Hope into Focus in Response to COVID-19

San Rafael, CA (May 4, 2020): RestoringVision, the world’s largest nonprofit provider of reading glasses to people in need, is joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement on behalf of the most vulnerable. Launching on May 5, 2020, #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Through their One Hope: Restoring Vision campaign, the optical nonprofit has set a goal of raising $150,000 to provide the gift of sight to the most vulnerable – people who are navigating through these trying times without the ability to see clearly. Thanks to a generous foundation gift, the first $150,000 raised will be matched.

“For people living in disadvantaged conditions that are compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of reading glasses can make an immediate and significant difference in their ability to take care of their health, safety and that of their families,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director, RestoringVision.

On this global day of giving, the One Hope: Restoring Vision campaign is bringing together individuals and companies from the optical industry to unleash the philanthropic power of their networks, drive generosity and bring hope into focus for the most vulnerable.

“At RestoringVision, our commitment to bring clear vision and hope to people continues. It is our responsibility to serve this component of the health care for people in need, especially during times of crisis when the ability to see clearly is not only critical but essential,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director, RestoringVision.

To donate to the One Hope: Restoring Vision campaign, click here. To learn more about RestoringVision, visit their website, or follow @RestoringVision on all social media platforms.

About RestoringVision
One-third of the global population, 2.5 billion people, suffer from vision impairment and its consequences. Of those, 500 million people only need reading glasses to restore their vision but live in impoverished communities with no access to available, affordable glasses. This is one of the biggest global health issues of our time, impacting people’s productivity, health, safety, education, and quality of life. RestoringVision is dedicated to solving this problem by providing new, high-quality reading glasses to people in need around the world. Since 2003, RestoringVision has helped over 16 million people see clearly in more than 130 countries, and it continues to impact millions of lives each year. This year, the Year of Vision, RestoringVision has a goal of reaching 20 million people helped by the end of 2020. To learn more and contribute, please visit www.restoringvision.org.

 

Press Release: New Board Chair Announcement

RestoringVision Announces the Appointment of David Chute as Chairman of the Board

After 16 years of service, Mark Sachs, RestoringVision Founder, hands over the role and is appointed Chairman Emeritus

San Rafael, CA (April 20, 2020): RestoringVision, the largest global nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, today announced the appointment of David Chute as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Chute, who joined the RestoringVision board in 2007, succeeds Mark Sachs, RestoringVision Founder and Chairman Emeritus, who served as Chairman since the inception of the organization in 2003.

“It has been a great honor to have served as Chairman of the RestoringVision Board of Directors,” said Sachs. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments over the past decade and a half. We have helped over 16 million people access new glasses in 130 countries through our network of more than 1,800 US-based nonprofits and international NGO partners. We’ve built one of the lowest cost, most efficient organizations in the world. I am confident in our future and in David’s leadership as we continue to grow and expand our impact.”

David Chute has over 34 years of optical industry experience. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of ThinOptics, a global omni-channel eyewear company; and the President of i2C Ventures, a company he founded in 2003 that consults, commercializes, and invests in early-stage proprietary companies in the eyewear industry. “I am deeply honored to have been appointed as the Chairman of the RestoringVision Board of Directors,” said Chute. “RestoringVision is uniquely qualified to help tens of millions of people see clearly in the most efficient manner possible. I look forward to leveraging our strategic network of companies, foundations, international not-for-profits, and mission groups who – along with our team – are all united in the desire to restore clear vision to people in need around the world. I also look forward to working closely with Mark Sachs, our inspirational Founder; Pelin Munis, our dedicated and passionate Executive Director, as well as our experienced and dedicated Board of Directors.”

“This is a significant moment in the history of our organization. I’m deeply grateful to Mark for his vision, dedication, and passion which led to the creation of one of the most impactful nonprofits on the planet,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director. “Equally, I am excited for what the future holds under David’s leadership. David brings a wealth of nonprofit and for-profit success and strategic vision to our organization, which will be critical to our ability to scale and meet the growing demand for glasses in the developing world.”

About RestoringVision
One-third of the global population, 2.5 billion people, suffer from vision impairment and its consequences. Of those, 500 million people only need reading glasses to restore their vision but live in impoverished communities with no access to available, affordable glasses. This is one of the biggest global health issues of our time, impacting people’s productivity, health, safety, education, and quality of life. RestoringVision is dedicated to solving this problem by providing new, high-quality reading glasses to people in need around the world. Since 2003, RestoringVision has helped over 16 million people see clearly in more than 130 countries, and it continues to impact millions of lives each year. This year, the Year of Vision, RestoringVision has a goal of reaching 20 million people helped by the end of 2020. To learn more and contribute, please visit www.restoringvision.org.

COVID-19: A Message from our ED to our Service Delivery Partners

Dear Partners and Friends of RestoringVision,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families during these challenging times. Although it can be difficult to navigate the unknown, as people and organizations dedicated to making the world a better place, we know that through unity and resilience, we can continue to make a difference.

We understand that due to the circumstances many of you are having to evaluate, postpone, or even cancel upcoming outreach trips for your own safety and the safety of others. We want to let you know that we are here for you now, and we will be here when you are ready to reschedule your trips.

Whether you are taking glasses to the field or donating to support the various projects that need funding, we thank you for your partnership and ongoing commitment to empower lives through the gift of sight. Your support is even more meaningful at this time.

In order to be proactive and create a moment of happiness, we’re sharing with you below our “Stories of Hope from Around the Globe” mini-series. These are brief stories about the incredible work that you, our partners in the field, do to make the world a better place.

As we all continue to do everything we can to navigate through these challenging times, we invite you to remain optimistic and keep your spirits up. Let’s follow the example of the people we serve, those who have hope and never give up.

Let’s stay connected and strong together.

Best regards,

Pelin Munis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, RestoringVision


STORIES OF HOPE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

 

 

 

 

Nov-Dec Newsletter – Celebrating Our Impact and the Year of Vision

Dear Partners and Friends,

2019 was an extraordinary year of learning, expansion, and impact at RestoringVision. We grew our unparalleled network of service delivery partners to more than 1,800 organizations strong that today have a capacity to serve more than 6 million people collectively. We expanded our presence within the optical nonprofit eco-system, from participating in events such as Sightgeist in London and presenting at the VOSH International conference in Orlando, to establishing our role with the Clear Vision Collective in Bangladesh. We completed our first evaluation study assessing RestoringVision’s work and the availability and affordability of reading glasses in two countries: Mexico and Nigeria (report coming soon). And most importantly, together with you, we transformed the lives of over 2.7 million people in need through the gift of clear vision.

As we reflect on these successes, we also look to our future. This year, our priorities are building a sustainable organization, setting a new strategy, and fundraising in order to serve the growing demand for glasses. In parallel, we have an ambitious goal and campaign to impact 20 million people by the end of 2020. There’s never been a more exciting time to join our cause. Get on board in bigger and better ways this year, the year of vision! We invite you to go the extra mile with us on behalf of millions of people who depend on all of us for clear vision.

Best regards,
Pelin Munis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, RestoringVision


OUR IMPACT IN 2019 



DEVELOPMENT UPDATES FOR DONORS

Go the Extra Mile this 2020 – The Year of Vision
In this year of vision, we invite you to Go the Extra Mile with RestoringVision! As the largest, least expensive, most efficient, highest impact provider of new reading glasses to people in need in the developing world, RestoringVision provides one of the highest and most reliable returns on philanthropic investments anywhere.

Here’s how you can Go the Extra Mile with us this 2020…
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PROGRAM UPDATES FOR SERVICE DELIVERY PARTNERS

Make Your 2020 Mission Trips More Impactful

It’s never too early to order glasses for your 2020 mission trips! Our most popular reading glasses and sunglasses are stock ready.

Additionally, this year we are thrilled to offer even more impactful ways to give the gift of sight to those you serve…
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We have even more news and updates to share with you! Please click here for the full version of our newsletter.

#GivingSightDay: Teresa’s Story

Teresa, a midwife in a small Guatemalan village, has impacted the lives of 130 women by supporting them through pregnancy and birth.

Like many others in her village, Teresa lives on less than $2 per day and struggles to meet the costs of the most basic needs. She suffered from near vision impairment and didn’t have access nor the means to acquire a pair of glasses.

Through the generous support of donors like you, RestoringVision had the opportunity to help Teresa and provide her with the gift of sight. Teresa now continues to impact the lives of many women in her community by helping them bring new life into the world.

By giving the gift of sight you can empower the life of a person like Teresa so that they can impact and empower their own community.

This Dec. 3, turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay and make a story of empowerment possible by donating to RestoringVision. Any amount you can give, no matter how large or small, can make a world of difference for a person in need.

Our goal for our Year-End, #GivingSight campaign is to raise $40,000 to empower the lives of 50,000 people like Teresa. Will you join us

Sep-Oct Newsletter – This is the Perfect Time to THANK YOU!

Dear Partners and Friends,

Tis the season to be grateful. At RestoringVision, this is a time for us to give thanks to you and the thousands of people who have joined our cause and made a difference in the lives of over 15,000,000 people in need. Your efforts and contributions have fueled our mission and inspired people from near and far to contribute to our collective vision: A world where everyone who needs glasses has them.

One of our donors recently described the ability to access glasses and see clearly as a “basic human need.” For many people, this is a need that has gone unmet for far too long. With your help today, we can make clear vision a reality for the local farmer in Colombia, the artisan in Bangladesh, the teacher in Nigeria, and the midwife in Guatemala. These are the people who your contributions support every day.

By helping us raise awareness, by taking glasses to the field, and by donating to our year-end campaign, you can make a bigger difference and empower the lives of those most in need.

Best regards,
Pelin Munis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, RestoringVision


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

RestoringVision Celebrates our 16-Year Anniversary

Every year RestoringVision joins the global day of giving, #GivingTuesday, by turning it into #GivingSightDay. This year, our #GivingSightDay goal is to raise $40,000 to empower 50,000 lives through the gift of sight.

You are the most important part of making this goal a reality. Spark the giving spirit by getting involved!

Donors and Funders: Make your year-end gift and join us in empowering 50,000 lives through the gift of sight. Why wait until December 3 to make a difference? Donate here today and your gift will be doubled! – The first $15,000 in donations will be matched thanks to National Vision and Humps Optics.

Service Delivery Partners: Every #GivingSightDay we give back to YOU, and this year is no exception. Be on the lookout in the coming days for an email with details about our special #GivingSightDay offer for you. In the meantime, add #GivingSightDay to your calendars.


We have even more development updates and news for partners to share with you! Please click here for the full version of our newsletter.

 

Jul-Aug Newsletter – Reflecting on 16 Years of Service

Dear Partners and Friends,

Sixteen years ago, RestoringVision was born out of a need and desire to help. One man’s observation. One man’s commitment to do something about it. It was during an outreach trip to Mexico that our Founder and Chairman Mark Sachs saw the tremendous need for reading glasses. He witnessed people traveling 10, 20, even 30 miles, sleeping overnight just to be able to attend the eye clinic when it opened the next morning. These were people living with and suffering from vision impairment, with no access to glasses. More than half of the people, who visited the clinic, simply needed a pair of non-prescription reading glasses – glasses that were readily available in the United States but nearly impossible to find in impoverished communities. Seeing this incredible need, Mark was determined to make a difference.

Mark’s desire to help led to the creation of our unique organization and model. By building a network of glasses manufacturers, charitable organizations, and socially conscious corporations and people, we have been able to restore and protect vision for more than 15 million people in 130 countries. From helping only 2,000 people in our first year in 2003 to helping over 3 million people a year today, we’re very proud of what we have accomplished with you, our partners on this incredible journey! As always, thank YOU for what you do and a big Happy Anniversary to all of us!

Best regards,
Pelin Munis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, RestoringVision


LOOKING TOWARD YEAR-END

RestoringVision Celebrates our 16-Year Anniversary

On October 2, RestoringVision turns 16. Since our inception, we’ve transformed more than 15 million lives through the gift of sight. We are proud to have become the largest provider of new glasses to people living in impoverished communities and are fiercely committed to doing good with integrity. Your support brought us to this milestone, and we couldn’t be more grateful

This year for the first time, we’re kicking off our year-end giving campaign on our anniversary! We invite you to celebrate all that you’ve made possible and make a bigger commitment to do more this year.

Donors:
Show your support with a charitable contribution.
This year, we have a gap in our fundraising goal and therefore, your donations are more important than ever. Every dollar raised helps provide the gift of sight to a person in need. Your donations can help a mother or father providing for their family, a midwife delivering babies for the community, a farmer who is sorting beans, and so many more individuals who rely on their vision.

Partners:
Order glasses for your upcoming mission trips.
Adding glasses to your outreach projects is an easy, affordable way to transform lives and enhance your programs. With their vision corrected and protected, the people you serve will be able to work, study, care for their families, and so much more. If you don’t have any mission trips coming up, now is the perfect time to donate and refer us to other organizations.


We have even more news and updates to share with you! Please click here for the full version of our newsletter.

 

Join Us in Transforming 20 Million Lives by 2020

Uncorrected near vision impairment due to lack of access to available, affordable glasses in developing countries is one of the biggest global health problems affecting 1 in 7 people. As the largest nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities, RestoringVision has the potential of making a significant difference.

Two years ago, we set an ambitious goal to transform 20 million lives by the end of 2020. Thanks to your support, we have been steadily working toward that milestone ever since. To date, we have helped 15 million people around the world. Although we are closer to achieving our goal, we’re also closer to 2020 and are projecting a shortfall in glasses and donations for the second half of this year. This is why your support is critical now more than ever.

Nowhere can your dollar go further than with RestoringVision. Your donations help inspire and empower people in need around the world. Please consider making an additional donation or increasing your contribution for this year. With your support, we can close the gap and help another five million people restore their vision and their lives by 2020. To change a life, click here.

To learn more about the different ways to get involved with RestoringVision, click here.

Thank you for joining us as we work toward our goal of transforming 20 million lives through the gift of sight.

May-Jun Newsletter – Thank YOU for a Succesful First Half of the Year!

Dear Partners and Friends,

Summer is here and we have much to celebrate! In the first six months of the year, together with you, we’ve restored vision for 1.9 million people! Our partners have traveled to far and remote villages to create access to glasses for those who need them most – as one of our partners says “to some of the poorest people on earth.” Thank YOU for making our collective vision a reality. Together, we are creating a world where more and more people who need glasses have them.

As we celebrate our accomplishments, we also look to our bright future. Every person who is helped, every dollar that is contributed helps us get one step closer to our goal of reaching 20 million people by 2020. As you know, glasses create access to opportunities for employment, education, safety and a better quality of life. Join us in creating these opportunities for more people in need by strengthening your commitment to helping them see and live better. To learn more about how you can help, see below.

As always, thank you for being on this remarkable journey with us to restore vision for millions of people in need.

Best regards,

Pelin Munis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, RestoringVision


2019 AT A GLANCE

With your support, we have helped 1.9 million people see clearly and protect their vision so far this year!

 

 

PROGRAM UPDATES FOR SERVICE DELIVERY PARTNER UPDATE

Thank You for Referring Us!
From January through June 2019, 25% of our orders have come from new partners. The way that these partners heard about us was through referrals. For those of you who referred us, THANK YOU! For those of you who are new, welcome! You are in excellent company with some of the most extraordinary organizations doing good in the world. If you know of someone or an organization that can take glasses to the field, please refer us.

 

DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Reading Glasses Day Was a Success!
Our inaugural Reading Glasses Day campaign almost $21,000 to create access to glasses for 26,000 people in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. Empowered by the gift of sight, these people will be able to see and live better! Thank you to all of our donors for seeing the opportunity and making a difference in the lives of people in need!

 

 

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