2019

Impact Report

2019

Impact Report

2019
Impact
Report

Our Mission

We provide essential and transformative eye care and surgery around the world and right here at home.

We bring medical volunteers and partners together to care for the people who need it most. Our teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery.

Together we break the cycle of hardship that blindness and visual impairment cause, making patients, families, and communities healthier and stronger.

Our Mission

We provide essential and transformative eye care and surgery around the world and right here at home.

We bring medical volunteers and partners together to care for the people who need it most. Our teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery.

Together we break the cycle of hardship that blindness and visual impairment cause, making patients, families, and communities healthier and stronger.

Our Mission

We provide essential and transformative eye care and surgery around the world and right here at home.

We bring medical volunteers and partners together to care for the people who need it most. Our teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery.

Together we break the cycle of hardship that blindness and visual impairment cause, making patients, families, and communities healthier and stronger.

Randal Avolio

President / CEO

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends of SEE,

Here at SEE, we measure our success in relation to how many lives we are able to transform with our sight-restoring work. It is my absolute pleasure to announce that in 2019, SEE successfully performed over 50,000 surgeries and served over 80,000 patients across the globe, our highest numbers achieved in the history of our organization. This year, our annual report is inspired by one of the many cultures that we have the opportunity to work with while traveling for our international programs. Throughout the pages of this report, we will be celebrating the Filipino culture by featuring the Masskara Festival, otherwise known as the Festival of Smiles.

This annual cultural tradition is a festival dedicated to representing happiness with brightly colored masks decorated with feathers and beads to accompany wide smiles. Historically, this celebration was intended to relieve grief and bring happiness and hope during difficult times. By restoring sight around the world, SEE brings happiness and hope to the lives of not only our patients, but their families and friends, as they are relieved of the unnecessary burdens brought upon by preventable blindness. The Filipino Festival of Smiles so closely represents the goal of our organization, as the gift of sight brings happiness by enabling people to see the beauty that exists in the world.

We are excited for you to join us as we revisit our organization’s 2019 highlights with the many colorful masks and patterns of the Masskara Festival. With the hard work and dedication of our partners, supporters, and volunteers, SEE has been able to provide accessible eyecare to underserved communities worldwide while aiding in the development of sustainable in-country systems. In the US, we have further expanded our programs and explored new territories, and our local Santa Barbara Vision Care Program has increased the number of patients served by 75% since last year.

In 2019, SEE was also able to spread awareness of the preventable blindness epidemic through our newest short film, Second Sight, which has won many awards and been featured in various local film festivals. We also established two new medical school partnerships with UC Irvine and the University of Colorado, and successfully completed our first year of our V2020 LINKS Program between the Rwandan International Institute of Ophthalmology and Wills Eye Hospital.

As we look back on the lasting impact SEE International made in 2019, we would like to sincerely thank each and all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters that have made our humanitarian work possible. As you turn the pages of this report, we invite you to gaze upon the impact you’ve helped create, and catch a glimpse of the countless smiles brought upon by the joyous gift of sight!

Sincerely,

Randal Avolio

President / CEO

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends of SEE,

Here at SEE, we measure our success in relation to how many lives we are able to transform with our sight-restoring work. It is my absolute pleasure to announce that in 2019, SEE successfully performed over 50,000 surgeries and served over 80,000 patients across the globe, our highest numbers achieved in the history of our organization. This year, our annual report is inspired by one of the many cultures that we have the opportunity to work with while traveling for our international programs. Throughout the pages of this report, we will be celebrating the Filipino culture by featuring the Masskara Festival, otherwise known as the Festival of Smiles.

This annual cultural tradition is a festival dedicated to representing happiness with brightly colored masks decorated with feathers and beads to accompany wide smiles. Historically, this celebration was intended to relieve grief and bring happiness and hope during difficult times. By restoring sight around the world, SEE brings happiness and hope to the lives of not only our patients, but their families and friends, as they are relieved of the unnecessary burdens brought upon by preventable blindness. The Filipino Festival of Smiles so closely represents the goal of our organization, as the gift of sight brings happiness by enabling people to see the beauty that exists in the world.

We are excited for you to join us as we revisit our organization’s 2019 highlights with the many colorful masks and patterns of the Masskara Festival. With the hard work and dedication of our partners, supporters, and volunteers, SEE has been able to provide accessible eyecare to underserved communities worldwide while aiding in the development of sustainable in-country systems. In the US, we have further expanded our programs and explored new territories, and our local Santa Barbara Vision Care Program has increased the number of patients served by 75% since last year.

In 2019, SEE was also able to spread awareness of the preventable blindness epidemic through our newest short film, Second Sight, which has won many awards and been featured in various local film festivals. We also established two new medical school partnerships with UC Irvine and the University of Colorado, and successfully completed our first year of our V2020 LINKS Program between the Rwandan International Institute of Ophthalmology and Wills Eye Hospital.

As we look back on the lasting impact SEE International made in 2019, we would like to sincerely thank each and all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters that have made our humanitarian work possible. As you turn the pages of this report, we invite you to gaze upon the impact you’ve helped create, and catch a glimpse of the countless smiles brought upon by the joyous gift of sight!

Sincerely,

Randal Avolio

President / CEO

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends of SEE,

Here at SEE, we measure our success in relation to how many lives we are able to transform with our sight-restoring work. It is my absolute pleasure to announce that in 2019, SEE successfully performed over 50,000 surgeries and served over 80,000 patients across the globe, our highest numbers achieved in the history of our organization. This year, our annual report is inspired by one of the many cultures that we have the opportunity to work with while traveling for our international programs. Throughout the pages of this report, we will be celebrating the Filipino culture by featuring the Masskara Festival, otherwise known as the Festival of Smiles.

This annual cultural tradition is a festival dedicated to representing happiness with brightly colored masks decorated with feathers and beads to accompany wide smiles. Historically, this celebration was intended to relieve grief and bring happiness and hope during difficult times. By restoring sight around the world, SEE brings happiness and hope to the lives of not only our patients, but their families and friends, as they are relieved of the unnecessary burdens brought upon by preventable blindness. The Filipino Festival of Smiles so closely represents the goal of our organization, as the gift of sight brings happiness by enabling people to see the beauty that exists in the world.

We are excited for you to join us as we revisit our organization’s 2019 highlights with the many colorful masks and patterns of the Masskara Festival. With the hard work and dedication of our partners, supporters, and volunteers, SEE has been able to provide accessible eyecare to underserved communities worldwide while aiding in the development of sustainable in-country systems. In the US, we have further expanded our programs and explored new territories, and our local Santa Barbara Vision Care Program has increased the number of patients served by 75% since last year.

In 2019, SEE was also able to spread awareness of the preventable blindness epidemic through our newest short film, Second Sight, which has won many awards and been featured in various local film festivals. We also established two new medical school partnerships with UC Irvine and the University of Colorado, and successfully completed our first year of our V2020 LINKS Program between the Rwandan International Institute of Ophthalmology and Wills Eye Hospital.

As we look back on the lasting impact SEE International made in 2019, we would like to sincerely thank each and all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters that have made our humanitarian work possible. As you turn the pages of this report, we invite you to gaze upon the impact you’ve helped create, and catch a glimpse of the countless smiles brought upon by the joyous gift of sight!

Sincerely,

2019 Highlights

Second Sight
Filmed in 2018, Second Sight features the story of Joanaly Laniohan, a hardworking mother from a rural town in the Philippines, as she embarks on a journey to have her sight restored. After losing her sight to cataracts, Joanaly suffered an identity crisis as she was suddenly unable to continue her role as the caretaker of her family. Since its release, Second Sight has won many awards, and has been featured in various film festivals.
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Operation Restore Sight
Serve the People, Harvard Eye Associates, Alicia Surgery Center, and SEE International joined arms to participate in Operation Restore Sight, a two-day clinic dedicated to sight restoring surgeries for low-income and uninsured individuals. SEE is proud to have had the opportunity to participate in such a life-changing effort, and will continue organizing clinics like Operation Restore Sight in the future.
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2019 Highlights

Second Sight
On World Sight Day in October of 2019, SEE International was able to spread awareness of our cause through releasing our newest short film, Second Sight. Filmed in 2018, Second Sight features the story of Joanaly Laniohan, a hardworking mother from a rural town in the Philippines, as she embarks on a journey to have her sight restored. After losing her sight to cataracts, Joanaly suffered an identity crisis as she was suddenly unable to continue her role as the caretaker of her family. Without her sight, she could no longer cook for her four children and husband, take care of their livestock, or work in the garden. Her husband Virgilio had to take on these responsibilities in addition to caring for his blind wife and working in the rice fields to support the family financially. Through this film, people are able to see the many struggles brought upon by preventable blindness, and how the gift of sight can transform lives forever. Since its release, Second Sight has won many awards, and has been featured in various film festivals.
Watch the Free Film
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2019 Highlights

Second Sight
Filmed in 2018, Second Sight features the story of Joanaly Laniohan, a hardworking mother from a rural town in the Philippines, as she embarks on a journey to have her sight restored. After losing her sight to cataracts, Joanaly suffered an identity crisis as she was suddenly unable to continue her role as the caretaker of her family. Since its release, Second Sight has won many awards, and has been featured in various film festivals.
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2019 By The Numbers

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Doctors
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When you restore someone's sight, you restore their soul.

Dr. Jeffrey Levenson

Chief Medical Officer

Surgical Impact

Surgeries by Type

Number of Surgeries

Surgeries by Region

Surgeries by Type

Number of Surgeries

Surgeries by Region

Santa Barbara
Vision Care

2019 was an incredibly notable year for SEE’s Santa Barbara Vision Care Program! With the help of our generous SBVC volunteers, our local program was able to significantly expand its annual impact. Not only did the program increase its number of patients served by 75% from 2018, but we extended its presence to Ventura County, and partnered with the Santa Barbara and GoletaUnion School Districts. Because of these efforts made in 2019, the services provided by our SBVC program will be more accessible than ever before, allowing us to continuously grow the number of patients we are able to reach. Thank you to each and every one of our SBVC partners and volunteers for making this growth possible.

SBVC has served 7,000+ patients

Santa Barbara
Vision Care

2019 was an incredibly notable year for SEE’s Santa Barbara Vision Care Program! With the help of our generous SBVC volunteers, our local program was able to significantly expand its annual impact. Not only did the program increase its number of patients served by 75% from 2018, but we extended its presence to Ventura County, and partnered with the Santa Barbara and GoletaUnion School Districts. Because of these efforts made in 2019, the services provided by our SBVC program will be more accessible than ever before, allowing us to continuously grow the number of patients we are able to reach. Thank you to each and every one of our SBVC partners and volunteers for making this growth possible.

SBVC has served 7,000+ patients

Santa Barbara
Vision Care

2019 was an incredibly notable year for SEE’s Santa Barbara Vision Care Program! With the help of our generous SBVC volunteers, our local program was able to significantly expand its annual impact. Not only did the program increase its number of patients served by 75% from 2018, but we extended its presence to Ventura County, and partnered with the Santa Barbara and GoletaUnion School Districts. Because of these efforts made in 2019, the services provided by our SBVC program will be more accessible than ever before, allowing us to continuously grow the number of patients we are able to reach. Thank you to each and every one of our SBVC partners and volunteers for making this growth possible.

SBVC has served 7,000+ patients

Dr. Preeti Shah

For over 17 years, Dr. Shah has worked diligently with SEE International, restoring sight to individuals across the globe. As her biggest goal in life is to eliminate preventable blindness and transform lives by doing so,
Dr. Shah feels as if it was her destiny to become a SEE Doctor. “SEE has given me the platform I needed to serve humanity. Because of SEE, there has been more meaning and depth added to my life, and I’ve been able to see so many remarkable moments in my journey. I’m so blessed and thankful for that,” she said.

The kind of happiness you get after doing a successful mission, seeing the beautiful smiling faces of people who have suddenly been given a new beginning, is priceless, and I get to experience it through SEE.

Dr. Karen Garrety

With SEE International, Dr. Garrety has finally found a way to intertwine her career with helping others. She is happy to be able to make an impact on the lives of patients alongside other like-minded individuals that are dedicated to doing the same Dr. Garrety’s favorite part of working with SEE is having the opportunity to help others while working with a team of dedicated individuals that all have the same alignment with the organization’s mission – that sight is freedom, and that vision shouldn’t be a privilege. “It feels so good to work with people that are like-minded and good friends, I feel like we are the super-heroes of vision.”

If you can’t see, you can’t work, you can’t provide for your family, and you can’t provide for yourself. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in peoples’ lives so that they can see, so that they can work, it really touches my heart.

Dr. Preeti Shah

For over 17 years, Dr. Shah has worked diligently with SEE International, restoring sight to individuals across the globe. As her biggest goal in life is to eliminate preventable blindness and transform lives by doing so,
Dr. Shah feels as if it was her destiny to become a SEE Doctor. “SEE has given me the platform I needed to serve humanity. Because of SEE, there has been more meaning and depth added to my life, and I’ve been able to see so many remarkable moments in my journey. I’m so blessed and thankful for that,” she said.



The kind of happiness you get after doing a successful mission, seeing the beautiful smiling faces of people who have suddenly been given a new beginning, is priceless, and I get to experience it through SEE.

Dr. Karen Garrety

With SEE International, Dr. Garrety has finally found a way to intertwine her career with helping others. She is happy to be able to make an impact on the lives of patients alongside other like-minded individuals that are dedicated to doing the same Dr. Garrety’s favorite part of working with SEE is having the opportunity to help others while working with a team of dedicated individuals that all have the same alignment with the organization’s mission – that sight is freedom, and that vision shouldn’t be a privilege. “It feels so good to work with people that are like-minded and good friends, I feel like we are the super-heroes of vision.”

If you can’t see, you can’t work, you can’t provide for your family, and you can’t provide for yourself. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in peoples’ lives so that they can see, so that they can work, it really touches my heart.

Dr. Preeti Shah

For over 17 years, Dr. Shah has worked diligently with SEE International, restoring sight to individuals across the globe. As her biggest goal in life is to eliminate preventable blindness and transform lives by doing so,
Dr. Shah feels as if it was her destiny to become a SEE Doctor. “SEE has given me the platform I needed to serve humanity. Because of SEE, there has been more meaning and depth added to my life, and I’ve been able to see so many remarkable moments in my journey. I’m so blessed and thankful for that,” she said.

The kind of happiness you get after doing a successful mission, seeing the beautiful smiling faces of people who have suddenly been given a new beginning, is priceless, and I get to experience it through SEE.

Dr. Karen Garrety

With SEE International, Dr. Garrety has finally found a way to intertwine her career with helping others. She is happy to be able to make an impact on the lives of patients alongside other like-minded individuals that are dedicated to doing the same Dr. Garrety’s favorite part of working with SEE is having the opportunity to help others while working with a team of dedicated individuals that all have the same alignment with the organization’s mission – that sight is freedom, and that vision shouldn’t be a privilege. “It feels so good to work with people that are like-minded and good friends, I feel like we are the super-heroes of vision.”

If you can’t see, you can’t work, you can’t provide for your family, and you can’t provide for yourself. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in peoples’ lives so that they can see, so that they can work, it really touches my heart.

International Programs

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International Programs

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2019 Financials

If you like charities lean and inspiring, it's hard to top SEE International"

Forbes Magazine

Cash Revenue Sources

How We Use
Our Funds

2019 Financials

If you like charities lean and inspiring, it's hard to top SEE International"

Forbes Magazine

Cash Revenue Sources

How We Use Our Funds

2019 Financials

If you like charities lean and inspiring, it's hard to top SEE International"

Forbes Magazine

Cash Revenue Sources

How We Use Our Funds

Major Supporters

In-Kind Donors

Allergan
Blue Planet Eyewear
Glaukos
Johnson & Johnson
Medline
Oertli
Sansum Clinic

Expedition Envoy
$50k+

Anonymous
The Alcon Foundation, Inc.
The Levenson Family Charitable Fund
The Soundheimer Family Charitable Foundation

Visionary
$25k - $49,999

Anonymous
Betty Parrish & Bob Martin
Eleanor Collins – Bach Foundation for Eye Care
MKM Foundation
Philip & Eugenia Righter
The Stone Family Foundation
William & Pamela O’Connor

Steward $10k - $24,999

American Friends of Jamaica, Inc
Anait Foundation
Andrew & Elizabeth Butcher
Ann & Dante Pieramici, MD
Bangs-Russell Foundation
Carl C. Icahn Foundation
Crawford Idema Family Foundation
Errett Fisher Foundation
Frank B. Siegel Giving Fund
Global Impact
Hazel Heath Horton Philanthropic Trust
Henry E. Niles Foundation
Holly & Kenneth Gack Esq
Jeffrey Ehrlich
Lauren Ackerman
Living Word Community Church
Mark and Dorothy Smith Foundation
Mary Virginia Terry
Montecito Bank & Trust
Patrick & Margaret Welch
R. Alastair & Ann Winn
Richard & Anina Davenport
Richard & Victoria Baks
Roy and Ida Eagle Foundation
Sabina Knight
Sandra J. Moss
Scott & Kohanya Groff
St. Francis Foundation
The Allergan Foundation
The Benda Family Charitable Fund
The Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable
Foundation
The Juliet Rosenthal Foundation
The Moskowitz Family Foundation
The Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation
The Towbes Foundation
Venki Sundaram, MD
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
Yardi Systems, Inc.

Major Supporters

In-Kind Donors

Allergan
Blue Planet Eyewear
Glaukos
Johnson & Johnson
Medline
Oertli
Sansum Clinic

Expedition Envoy
$50k+

Anonymous
The Alcon Foundation, Inc.
The Levenson Family Charitable Fund
The Soundheimer Family Charitable Foundation

Visionary
$25k - $49,999

Anonymous
Betty Parrish & Bob Martin
Eleanor Collins – Bach Foundation for Eye Care
MKM Foundation
Philip & Eugenia Righter
The Stone Family Foundation
William & Pamela O’Connor

Steward $10k - $24,999

American Friends of Jamaica, Inc
Anait Foundation
Andrew & Elizabeth Butcher
Ann & Dante Pieramici, MD
Bangs-Russell Foundation
Carl C. Icahn Foundation
Crawford Idema Family Foundation
Errett Fisher Foundation
Frank B. Siegel Giving Fund
Global Impact
Hazel Heath Horton Philanthropic Trust
Henry E. Niles Foundation
Holly & Kenneth Gack Esq
Jeffrey Ehrlich
Lauren Ackerman
Living Word Community Church
Mark and Dorothy Smith Foundation
Mary Virginia Terry
Montecito Bank & Trust
Patrick & Margaret Welch
R. Alastair & Ann Winn
Richard & Anina Davenport
Richard & Victoria Baks
Roy and Ida Eagle Foundation
Sabina Knight
Sandra J. Moss
Scott & Kohanya Groff
St. Francis Foundation
The Allergan Foundation
The Benda Family Charitable Fund
The Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable
Foundation
The Juliet Rosenthal Foundation
The Moskowitz Family Foundation
The Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation
The Towbes Foundation
Venki Sundaram, MD
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
Yardi Systems, Inc.

Major Supporters


In-Kind Donors

Allergan
Blue Planet Eyewear
Glaukos
Johnson & Johnson
Medline
Oertli
Sansum Clinic

Expedition Envoy
$50k+

Anonymous
The Alcon Foundation, Inc.
The Levenson Family Charitable Fund
The Soundheimer Family Charitable Foundation

Visionary
$25k - $49,999

Anonymous
Betty Parrish & Bob Martin
Eleanor Collins – Bach Foundation for Eye Care
MKM Foundation
Philip & Eugenia Righter
The Stone Family Foundation
William & Pamela O’Connor

Steward
$10k - $24,999

American Friends of Jamaica, Inc
Anait Foundation
Andrew & Elizabeth Butcher
Ann & Dante Pieramici, MD
Bangs-Russell Foundation
Carl C. Icahn Foundation
Crawford Idema Family Foundation
Errett Fisher Foundation
Frank B. Siegel Giving Fund
Global Impact
Hazel Heath Horton Philanthropic Trust
Henry E. Niles Foundation
Holly & Kenneth Gack Esq
Jeffrey Ehrlich
Lauren Ackerman
Living Word Community Church
Mark and Dorothy Smith Foundation
Mary Virginia Terry
Montecito Bank & Trust
Patrick & Margaret Welch
R. Alastair & Ann Winn
Richard & Anina Davenport
Richard & Victoria Baks
Roy and Ida Eagle Foundation
Sabina Knight
Sandra J. Moss
Scott & Kohanya Groff
St. Francis Foundation
The Allergan Foundation
The Benda Family Charitable Fund
The Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable
Foundation
The Juliet Rosenthal Foundation
The Moskowitz Family Foundation
The Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation
The Towbes Foundation
Venki Sundaram, MD
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
Yardi Systems, Inc.