Operation Eyesight Universal

Suite 200 - 4 Parkdale Crescent NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3T8
Executive Director: Aly Bandali
Board Chair: Ray Mowling

Charitable Reg. #:11906 8955 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Operation Eyesight Universal:

Founded in 1963, Operation Eyesight Universal is an international development organization that works to prevent blindness and restore sight, with the vision of eliminating avoidable blindness. Operation Eyesight works in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Zambia, Nepal, and India. The charity reports that globally, 253 million people are blind or visually impaired and 89 per cent of these people live in developing countries. People who live in India, Africa, and South America are five to ten times more likely to go blind than those living in developed countries. Operation Eyesight Universal runs four main international programs: Community Eye Health, Hospital Improvement, Disease Control, and Research and Advocacy.

A Charity Intelligence 2019 Top 10 Impact Charity

Operation Eyesight Universal’s Community Eye Health program trains local community health workers to conduct door-to-door surveys, screen patients, and refer them for treatment. It also educates communities on eye health. In F2018, the charity reports launching 16 new community eye health projects (12 in India, two in Nepal, and two in Kenya). Operation Eyesight reports that it trained 644 health workers in India, 36 in Nepal, 46 in Kenya, 36 in Ghana, and 26 in Zambia in F2018. The charity’s goal is to reach more than 12 million people between 2016 to 2020 to encourage positive eye health behaviours. It also aims to train an average of 3,000 community volunteers and staff per year in primary eye health.

Operation Eyesight’s Hospital Improvement program works to build the capacity of its partner hospitals around the world. In F2018, the charity established 12 vision centres in India and two in Nepal. It also established one secondary centre in Kenya and two in Ghana. Operation Eyesight reports that it trained 263 ophthalmic personnel in India, two in Nepal, five in Kenya, and two in Zambia. Operation Eyesight’s goal is to double the number of examinations from 1,440,000 in 2016 to more than 3 million in 2020.

Operation Eyesight Universal’s Disease Control program works to eliminate avoidable blindness by focusing on the most common diseases that cause it – cataract, trachoma, and glaucoma – along with uncorrected refractive error. In F2018, the charity reports that it screened 2,400,928 people for eye conditions in India, 266,533 in Nepal, 214,929 in Kenya, 7,293 in Ghana, and 13,613 in Zambia. It also gave 258,836 prescription eyeglasses in India, 34,399 in Nepal, 3,342 in Kenya, 491 in Ghana, and 455 in Zambia. The charity seeks to increase the number of eye surgeries for people suffering from eye disease by 18% to 350,000 surgeries per year by 2020. Additionally, it aims to dispense more than 225,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses every year.

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Results and Impact

Operation Eyesight Universal reports that across the countries it works in, it empowered a total of 2,395,120 through eye health education and promotion. It also declared 432 communities in India and 20 in Nepal as avoidable blindness-free.

Across the countries it works in, Operation Eyesight performed 177,820 cataract surgeries and 63,364 non-cataract sight-saving surgeries in F2018.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Operation Eyesight Universal’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has rated Operation Eyesight as High impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar.

A Charity Intelligence 2018 Top 10 Impact Charity


Impact Rating: High

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Operation Eyesight Universal is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $5.0m in F2018. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $5.3m can cover 1.4 years of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Operation Eyesight Universal for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 17, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.1%4.0%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.9%21.3%16.9%
Total overhead spending 30.0%25.3%20.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 141.7%151.0%153.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,0485,3705,417
Investment income 904239
Total revenues 5,1385,4125,456
Program costs 3,7573,6283,463
Administrative costs 310215204
Fundraising costs 1,2061,143916
Total spending 5,2894,9944,588
Cash flow from operations (135)426872
Capital spending 19308
Funding reserves 5,3245,4785,302

Note: Ci adjusted for amortization from program costs, administration costs, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 44

Avg. Compensation: $41,156

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
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$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

We’re committed to being responsible stewards of our donors’ gifts. We adhere to the highest standards of ethics, transparency and accountability, and live those principles in our work every day. We were so proud to be recognized as one of Charity Intelligence Canada’s Top 10 Impact Charities of 2018. We know that our donors understand that they support not just our program work, but also critical investments in our organization like software, technology and hiring the right people. Our donors’ generosity allows us to work more efficiently and more effectively, to ultimately help more people see.

As part of our work, we’ve embraced the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our donors enable our programs to support the achievement of nine of the 17 SDGs, alongside our partners such as hospitals, governments and other international development organizations.

Finally, we’ve developed an innovative program of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health that helps our partners both develop eye health services in the countries where we work and create community demand for those services through eye health education. Our goal is to create eye health care that’s sustainable without continued foreign support. Our donors know that avoidable blindness will be eliminated only when everyone has access to affordable eye health care, and we can’t thank them enough!

Charity Contact

Website: www.operationeyesight.com
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