Educational Institutions

Foundation for the Preservation of Sight

  • Fullerton, CA

Mission Statement

To support and raise funds for specialized vision care provided to patients with financial need.

Main Programs

  1. Low Vision Council

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Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Foundation serves the needs of patients residing mainly in the LA, Orange, San Gabriel, and Riverside counties of Southern California.  However, patients do also travel in for specialty vision care from any where in the western United States.  Only patients served by the optometrists at the College may receive funds from the Foundation.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Dr. Kevin Alexander

Keywords

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low vision, vision rehabilitation. visually impaired

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EIN

30-0075351

 Number

6220306172

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Low Vision Council

The Low Vision Council (LVC) is currently the only organization supporting the goals of the Foundation. Its volunteers have a longstanding relationship serving together for low vision causes in Orange County. The Council’s goal is to increase access to low vision rehabilitation for the underserved visually-impaired patient and this is done through education and provision of funding for care and assistive equipment. Its Community Partners, all organizations whose mission is to serve the visually impaired, include the Foundation Fighting Blindness (Orange County Chapter), Braille Institute™, Dayle McIntosh Center, the Blind Children’s Learning Center, Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO).  These Partners presently offer outreach into low-income populations – seniors, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Korean – and seek to expand their service.

The LVC raises friends and funds through outreach events, community donations, and granting efforts. In April 2010, at SCCO, the LVC held its first annual Community Partner Symposium. The event was publicized to 12,000 individuals through postcards, media, announcements at partnering organizations and more. The maximum seating was 300 and the majority attendees being seniors.  All of the LVC Community Partners volunteer for the event and host information tables and smaller seminars following the keynote speakers.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Foundation serves the needs of patients residing mainly in the LA, Orange, San Gabriel, and Riverside counties of Southern California.  However, patients do also travel in for specialty vision care from any where in the western United States.  Only patients served by the optometrists at the College may receive funds from the Foundation.

Funding Needs

Vision care for the unserved and underserved.  Currently seeking to provide special low-vision evaluations/examinations ($200 each),  assistive devices (magnifiers, "speaking" computer software, etc.) ranging between $500 and $3500, and low vision occupational therapy visits (in-office and in-home) $140/session.

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Foundation for the Preservation of Sight

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Kevin Alexander

BIO

From 2001 to 2008, Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., served  as Dean, Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, MI. He was 2007-2008 President of the 35,000-member national American Optometric Association (AOA).

Dr. Alexander has actively served his profession in numerous leadership roles leading up to the AOA presidency, including presidency of the Ohio Optometric Association and chairing or co-chairing numerous state and national committees including the AOA's 2005–06 series of summit meetings, Optometry 2020, which have outlined the preferred future for the profession.

In addition to practicing optometry in private and group settings, Dr. Alexander served as a faculty member at OSU, receiving the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1980. For many years he has shared his expertise in the area of ocular disease with optometrists and other health care providers through his publications and scientific papers and continuing education lectures. Dr. Alexander has been recognized over the years with numerous honors and awards for his academic and professional participation.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Gene Calkins

Otpometrist in Private Practice

Term: Dec 2009 - June 2011

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