10 Million Lives Transformed Thanks to YOU!


Dear Partners and Friends,

I’m thrilled to announce that last month we passed 10 million people helped since we began in 2003. That’s a major milestone in our “moon shot” goal of helping 20 million people by the end of 2020. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without you—our partners, sponsors, and donors. It’s amazing the impact that we have had together. Thank you!

With this achievement and as we look to the future, we felt that it was time to redefine our organizational identity. I’m pleased to present to you our new Mission, Vision, Philosophy, and Values (see below). We hope that these will not only portray the direction we are heading but that they will also inspire you to continue partnering with us to give the gift of sight.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to transforming the lives of many more millions of people around the world together with you!

Best wishes,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision



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Press Release: Celebrating a 10M Milestone with the Optical Industry

RestoringVision Marks Distribution of 10M Glasses to People in Need

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (March 5)—The non-profit organization dedicated to providing reading glasses to people in need around the world, RestoringVision, is celebrating its biggest milestone— having helped over 10M people worldwide see and live better.

Founded 15 years ago by Mark Sachs—whose basement operations for storing, packing, and shipping glasses advanced into the largest non-profit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities—RestoringVision is expressing gratitude to the members of the optical industry that have supported its work since its inception.

“We are thrilled to have been able to help 10 million people restore their vision and their lives through the gift of sight,” said Sachs, Founder of RestoringVision. “We are grateful to our charitable partners in the field, our donors, and especially our sponsors and supporters from the optical community. Without their continued support, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

RestoringVision has grown from helping thousands to millions of people each year by working in collaboration with diverse segments of the optical industry. From start-up businesses to international companies dedicated to manufacturing or distributing optical products and/or services. These organizations support RestoringVision by making in-kind or financial contributions or by helping the non-profit raise awareness about the global need for reading glasses.

“The involvement and commitment of companies and organizations from the optical sector have been key to the success of RestoringVision. Thanks to them, we have been able to grow and help millions of people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to vision correction,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director of RestoringVision.

Some of RestoringVision’s key supporters within the optical industry include: FGX International, Walmart, National Vision Inc., DIFF Charitable Eyewear, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, General Vision Services, EyeCare Partners, LasikPlus, Joffe MediCenter, Jimmy Fairly (France), and Enchroma.

“We want all of our supporters from the optical industry to know that thanks to them, 10 million people are now returning to their jobs, regaining their independence, and seizing opportunities for growth because their vision is restored,” said Munis.

Uncorrected poor vision affects over 2.5 billion worldwide. This is one of the biggest global health problems, yet there are simple, cost-effective solutions such as reading glasses. Therefore, RestoringVision has set a goal to help 20 million people by the end of 2020. The non-profit is calling on the optical industry for more support.

“While we have been able to help millions, the need is much bigger,” said Munis. “We hope that many more optical industry members join us in addressing this problem. The more organizations that become involved, the more people we will be able to help.”

For more information about RestoringVision, click here or contact them at info@restoringvision.org.

Media contact: Grecia Greco, grecia@restoringvision.org




Announcing our Biggest Milestone: 10M People Helped!

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our biggest milestone having helped over 10 million people around the world see and live better!

Our Partners in the field who take glasses overseas and put them on the faces of people who need them.
Our Sponsors and Donors who make contributions to support the work we do.
Our friends and supporters who help us raise awareness about RestoringVision, the need for reading glasses and the impact that these have on people’s lives.

Without your continued support, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you for transforming the lives of 10 million people through the gift of sight!

Nov-Dec Newsletter: Thank YOU for Making 2017 Our Best Year Yet!


Dear Partners and Friends,

2017 is now in the history books. We ended the year on a very positive note—having helped over 3 million people around the world. With your support and participation, this is the most people we have helped in a given year. Many thanks to you, our partners, sponsors, and donors, who made this possible. Thanks as well to our returning partners, who have made the dispensing of glasses part of their annual commitment, and to our new partners, who have added glasses to their existing programs for the first time.

As we close 2017 and look forward to 2018, we’re pushing ever closer to our goal of helping 20 million people by the end of 2020. We’re focusing on expanding our existing partnerships, getting new partners on board, and improving our operations so we can serve you better. We’re also continuing to spread the word about the need for reading glasses in the developing world.

To help us reach this goal, please continue to support our work by taking glasses to the field, signing up for a corporate sponsorship program or making a donation to help provide the gift of sight.

As always, thank you for your support and for making a difference in people’s lives.

Best wishes,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision.org



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Sept-Oct Newsletter: 9 Million People Helped, Thanks to You!


Dear Partners and Friends,

As the holiday season begins, I am reminded of so much that we have to be grateful for. We have our health, our friends, and family. And we have you, our partners and sponsors, who have chosen to join us in this quest to help people in need see their world more clearly. For this, we are truly grateful.

This newsletter marks the end of another successful quarter for RestoringVision. We have now, with your help, provided clear vision to over 9M people since we started. Our goal of helping 20M people by 2020 is still ways away. But we are making great progress towards that target.

I also want to let you know that #GivingTuesday is coming up on November 28. Just like we did last year, we will be turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay. We’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 to help 25,000 people in need. In addition, we’ll have a promo code for our partners taking glasses in the field. Be on the lookout for a special email just for you. In the meantime, please be sure to add #GivingSightDay to your calendars.

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support. I know we couldn’t do it without you.

Best regards,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision.org

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July-Aug Newsletter: Almost 8 Million People Helped, Thanks to You!


Dear Partners and Friends,

Thanks to you, it’s been an exciting year thus far. Together we’ve already helped over 1 million people and are nearing 8 million people helped since 2003. With your support, we’re on our way to reaching our goal of helping 20M people by 2020.

Much of what we have accomplished has been through raising awareness about the need for and impact that glasses have on people’s lives. With increased awareness, more and more people are taking glasses to the field and providing them to people who need these most. On October 12, World Sight Day, we will have an opportunity to raise more awareness together. World Sight Day is a call to action for people around the world to think about their vision as well as others’. This year we’re joining the movement and invite you to get involved by participating in our social media contest. This is no ordinary contest, it’s one in which every participant can win! To learn how to get involved, click here. Together, we can spread the word and help the millions of people who live with near vision impairment.

Lastly, if you need to order glasses for an upcoming mission trip, now would be a great time. We have lots of new, high-quality, reading glasses and sunglasses available. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the quality.

Thank you again for your support. As always, we couldn’t do this without you!

Best regards,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision.org

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Press Release: Impacting 20 Million Lives by 2020

RestoringVision announces a new goal to restore sight to 20 million people by the end of 2020

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.(May 30) —RestoringVision, an optical non-profit organization dedicated to providing new reading glasses and sunglasses to people in need around the world, has set a goal to help 20 million people by the end of 2020.

Since 2003, RestoringVision has been focusing its efforts on creating access to glasses for those earning less than $2 a day. To date, the organization has helped over 7 million people, and it is now raising the bar to impact 13 million more lives over the next four years.

“I’m very excited about our organization’s commitment to helping 20 million people by 2020,” said RestoringVision Founder Mark Sachs. “The need for glasses and the lack of access to them in disadvantaged communities is a problem that affects over 500 million individuals living with near vision impairment. Near vision impairment impacts their ability to work, learn, cook, and carry out daily tasks.”

Over the last two years, RestoringVision has built a capacity to distribute 5 million glasses per year. “With our strategic partnerships and distribution capacity in place, we are in a unique position to make a difference,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director. “To achieve this goal, we are looking to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones.”

The lack of access to available, affordable reading glasses in developing countries is one of the biggest global health problems affecting 1 in 7 people. In addition to the support of its 1,400 partners, RestoringVision is looking to raise awareness about the problem and get more people and organizations involved. “We are inviting everyone to join us and make this goal their goal. Charitable organizations and groups, corporations and individuals. Anyone can help,” said Mark Sachs.

To get involved or to learn more about RestoringVision, visit: www.restoringvision.org/20-million-2020, or contact them at info@restoringvision.org.

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Mar-Apr Newsletter: New Goal: 20 Million by 2020!


Dear Partners and Friends,

Thanks to all of you for another great two months! We are on track for our best year yet. More and more people around the world are being able to see clearly thanks to you.

But to quote William Shakespeare, “What is past is prologue.” During the past 13+ years, we have together changed the lives of over 7 million people. With an estimated need of over 500 million people, we are challenged to do more.

To that end, I’m thrilled to announce our 20 Million by 2020 goal. We are setting our sights on reaching another 13 million people over the next 4 years. It is not going to be easy. It will take the ongoing support of people like you. But I believe we can do it.

We have developed the processes and systems needed to get the glasses to you quickly and still affordably so that you can count on us for your next mission trip. We have tools in place to help you set up your dispensaries for maximum impact. Most importantly, we have the top quality, new glasses to change people’s lives.

I’m grateful to you for all you have done to restore vision to people in need around the world. Now that we have a goal of helping 20 million people by 2020, I would like to encourage you to do more, not for you, not for us, but for those in need. Take more glasses on your next mission trip. Refer us to other, similarly minded groups, so they too can experience the joy of giving the Gift of Sight. And consider making glasses part of your annual programming.

Best wishes on the road ahead. Thank you for being our partners on this amazing journey.

Best regards,
Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision


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Jan-Feb Newsletter: 7 Million Thank You’s!


Dear Partners and Friends,

I am excited to share the latest milestone we have reached together. We’ve now helped over 7 million people see clearly again in 124 countries since we started back in 2003. The numbers continue to amaze me! But, it’s not about the numbers. It’s about the people. People who can more fully appreciate the joys of life and can more successfully support their families and communities.

This accomplishment, of course, is also about you. Without your support we would have never been able to help this many people and reach this many countries. That is why we are making changes and improvements to help you be more successful in your missions. Some changes are small, some are more significant. But all are in the service of getting more glasses to the people who need them through you, our partners in this amazing journey.

To start, we have improved our turn-around time on orders through a more efficient and effective order processing system. We’ve recently streamlined our operations to Ohio and we are now fulfilling orders within 2-3 business days and delivering them to your door in about 5-7 business days. Lastly, we’ve improved our referral process. You can now easily refer us to other organizations and help us get more people involved.

The year has just started and there are more improvements to come and more good news to share with you. For now, we can only thank you for all you have done to give the Gift of Sight to 7 million people around the world. There are more people who need our help to restore their vision, 544 million by one estimate. If we keep working together and getting more organizations and people involved, we will be able to help them as well.

Best Regards,

Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision.org


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