Operation Eyesight Universal
Calgary, AB T2N 3T8
Executive Director: Aly Bandali
Board Chair: Ray Mowling
Charitable Reg. #: 11906 8955 RR0001
Grade: AThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Impact Rating: Good
Full-time staff #37
Avg. Compensation $42,633
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About Operation Eyesight Universal:
Founded in 1963, Operation Eyesight Universal (OEU), formally known as Operation Eyesight Canada, is a Calgary-based charity that provides eye care for people in developing countries. OEU’s mission is to prevent blindness and restore vision. While 253 million people globally live with visual impairment, the charity reports that 80% of all blindness cases are preventable, treatable, or curable. OEU partners with hospitals, government agencies, and eye centres in India, Nepal, Kenya, Ghana, and Zambia to provide eye care services and prevent blindness.
In F2017, Operation Eyesight Universal sent $3.6m to its partners in the developing world. OEU’s eye care services program include diagnosis, constructing or building of facilities, and intervention, with most patients in India. In F2017, 218,154 eye surgeries were performed, including 192,649 in India and 17,499 in Nepal. OEU opened 15 Vision centres, which provide eye exams and prescription glasses, with 12 in India and 3 in Nepal. The charity examined 3,345,084 adults and children for eye health problems and provided 266,429 adults and children with new, custom-fitted prescription glasses in F2017. By 2020, OEU aims to annually support 350,000 surgeries, provide over 450,000 prescription glasses, and examine over 3 million patients through hospital partnerships.
Operation Eyesight Universal’s community empowerment program includes prevention, education and training, public awareness, and rehabilitation. OEU’s SAFE program, which educates people on sanitation to reduce illness and trachoma, taught face washing and hygiene in 15 Kenyan schools and reached 353,153 people worldwide. OEU trained 3,179 frontline staff and volunteers in eye health care in F2017 and aims to have trained 15,000 people in developing countries by 2020. The charity reports that its eye health education initiatives have reached 6,211,159 people in F2017. OEU states that poor sanitation allows diseases like trachoma to spread quickly, so OEU drilled 21 new water wells in Zambia in F2017 to bring safe water to over 7,750 people.
Results and Impact: In F2017, Operation Eyesight Universal declared its 558th village free of avoidable blindness, up from 130 in F2016 and 66 in F2015. The charity aims to eliminate avoidable blindness in 1000 villages by F2018. The Institute for Eye Cancer, which OEU launched in India in 2015, treated 4,219 adults and children for various eye conditions in F2017. In Kenya as part of its “The Rift Valley Prevention of Blindness Project”, OEU treated 60,706 people for various eye conditions since the program started. With SAFE implemented and new wells built in Zambia, OEU reported in its F2017 annual report that the prevalence of trachoma in these areas fell from 14.3% to 3.6%.
Operation Eyesight Universal is a Large charity with donations of $5.4m in F2017. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. OEU has total funding reserves of $5.5m that can cover the charity’s annual program costs for 1.5 years.
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 18, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||4.0%||3.8%||4.3%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||21.2%||16.9%||21.2%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||150.7%||153.0%||129.0%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Cash flow from operations||426||872||(163)|