Trusts and foundations

Charitable trusts and foundations are integral to Sightsavers’ work. Your generosity, matched with our expertise, can transform lives and communities worldwide.

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Globally, 2.2 billion people have a visual impairment, but almost half of this can be prevented or treated.

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries to treat eye conditions such as cataracts, prevent blinding diseases and advocate for the rights of people with blindness and other disabilities.

Since our work began in 1950, we’ve helped to carry out more than 11.8 million sight-saving eye operations, distributed more than 1.6 billion disease treatments and given out 6 million pairs of spectacles.

But we need your support to ensure everyone can get the help they need.

To discuss how your charitable trust or foundation could support Sightsavers’ vital work, contact our trusts team:

Lauren Herbert, strategic partnerships manager
+353 1 270 0020, [email protected]

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Our credentials

We’re delighted to be recognised for our work, and hope it helps our partners feel confident that we’re spending our funds wisely.

Our latest awards

Find out what we do with the money we raise

Read our annual reports

Why choose Sightsavers?

We want to work with philanthropists who share our ambitious vision and can help us make an impact around the globe.

  • We take a sustainable, evidence based approach to help us build the capacity of health, education and employment services so they are more inclusive.
  • Gender is a central concern in all our projects. We collect gender-disaggregated data to monitor performance, and develop strategies to address the double discrimination of women and girls with disabilities.
  • We are a recognised research organisation, and our innovative disability data disaggregation strengthens the evidence base for policy and programming.
  • A dedicated contact from our team will explore how we can work together, whether by offering our expertise or identifying bespoke funding opportunities for you to support our work.
  • You’ll receive regular updates on the impact of your support, including news from the field, impact and technical reports and our annual financial review.
  • We are pleased to be able to arrange visits to the countries where we work so you can meet the people whose lives you have transformed.

We’re proud to be a leader in our field: we have more than 70 years of experience, and our work directly contributes to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. For in-depth information about our work, read our strategy documents.

Arif, who was treated for cataract by Sightsavers when he was a child, is now an adult who can drive a lorry.

See how your support can make a difference

As a young child, Arif had a cataract operation funded by Sightsavers. The treatment has transformed his life, enabling him to thrive at school, and later to leave home and find a job.

Read Arif’s story
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Support a project

Your long-term contribution means we can invest in large-scale projects for a specific cause, such as distributing deworming medication in schools.
How GiveWell is funding our work

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Give a one-off gift

An unrestricted one-off or annual donation enables us to swiftly respond and adapt our work during unforeseen emergencies, such as COVID-19.
How we adapted to the pandemic

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Make a regular gift

An annual or monthly gift means we can plan ahead and help even more people in need by developing new, innovative ways to protect sight.
Our pioneering work on digital health

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Our global partners

The Bank of Ireland Third World Staff Fund funds specific projects such as cataract operations in Sierra Leone and eye health for older people in Tanzania.

Dublin City Council Staff World Development Fund logo.

Dublin City Council’s Staff World Development Fund has provided vital funding to support our eye health work in Liberia and Mozambique.

Through its Staff Fund, Electric Aid helps to fund Sightsavers projects such as eye health in Bangladesh and surgical equipment in Mozambique.

Childrens Investment Fund Foundation logo.

Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is supporting the Accelerate programme to eliminate trachoma in at least eight countries.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation logo

Sightsavers works in partnership with Conrad N Hilton Foundation to eliminate trachoma in Mali and Tanzania and help provide cataract surgery.

The ELMA Foundation logo.

Funding from ELMA Foundation is supporting the Accelerate programme, which aims to eliminate trachoma in eight African countries.

Eurofins Foundation logo.

Sightsavers’ partnership with Eurofins Foundation is supporting our rural eye health programme in Uttar Pradesh in northern India.

GLIDE logo with the text Global Institute for Disease Elimination.

Our work with the Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) aims to help eliminate river blindness and other neglected tropical diseases in Africa.

GiveWell assessed our deworming work for a seventh year, recommending grants of $16.9 million for projects in Cameroon, DRC, Chad and Nigeria.

Sightsavers was awarded a grant of $300,000 from the IZUMI Foundation to treat 4.1 million people at risk of river blindness in Ghana.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints logo

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has supported us since 2019, funding eye health work in Malawi, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.

Open Road Alliance logo, with the text Open Road: Keeping Impact on Track.

Our partnership with Open Road Alliance is helping to fund our NTD projects to eliminate river blindness in Guinea-Bissau.

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