Isn’t it amazing to think about the impact your generosity can have on the lives of people living halfway around the world?

Thanks to the support of people like you, individuals who were living their life in darkness are now seeing the world through new eyes.

In India, philanthropy is building the capacity of eye banks so they can serve all of the patients in their own communities: increasing tissue donations and improving the quality of corneas being transplanted.

Philanthropy is making these stories possible:

Srivalli, the spirited and spunky two-year-old pictured here, got the surgery she needed to recover from complications suffered at birth – her parents’ nickname for her translates to "blessing."

Father-to-be Thangapandi was so distraught about losing his sight, he seriously contemplated leaving his family – until he learned that he could receive a cornea transplant, and now he is a proud parent actively supporting his family.

With restored sight, parents are able to get back to work and take care of their families while children are able to pursue an education. Recipients who were previously struggling to operate in society can live full lives.

These stories inspire great hope and point to a future in which corneal blindness is a thing of the past. Today at least 3 million people in India would benefit from a cornea transplant.

And the solution is within reach – together with our partners, SightLife provided 17,000 corneas for transplants in 2013, a 17% increase over 2012. But we’ve set our goals much higher than that. By 2020, we plan to reach 100,000 corneas for transplant in India.

That is why we are inviting you to become a major partner in this life-changing mission.

By becoming a member of the Visionary Circle, you will accelerate the growth necessary to cure patients suffering from corneal blindness. By making a major gift in this way, you will not only provide vital resources for growing eye banks – you will also send a strong message of support to those in need that a brighter future is on the horizon.

How to join

Become a member of SightLife’s Visionary Circle today by making a gift of $1,000 or more. Not only will you take a leadership role in eliminating corneal blindness, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Invitation to the grand opening of SightLife’s new global headquarters, spring 2015;
  • Regular updates on the impact your gift is having, via newsletters, social media, and from-the-field updates from overseas;
  • Opportunity to participate in invitation-only Q & A sessions with SightLife’s leadership team scheduled throughout the year;
  • Recognition of your gift proudly displayed at SightLife, in our annual report, and on the website;
  • Ultimately, the profound satisfaction of ensuring that millions see the world through new eyes!

To learn more, please contact Dan Johnson, Director of Principal and Planned Giving, 206‑838‑4642 or dan.johnson@sightlife.org