If real estate is all about location, fundraising is all about people. They’re the source of funding, the means of solicitation and, most importantly, the beneficiaries. People, people, people.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness takes this concept to heart as, each year, it expands a network whose goal is to provide researchers with the support needed to eradicate retinal diseases and, thus, better the lives of millions.
In this regard, the Foundation is a master multi-tasker. During fiscal year 2012, it solicited more than $41 million in funds via: membership drives; events like VisionWalk and Dining in the Dark; major gifts of $50,000 or more; and gift planning, or donations included in wills and/or estate plans.
Each of these fundraising programs grows every year, and, collectively, they depend on a nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of people. That’s a big network which includes grassroots volunteers and fundraisers, chapter board leaders, researchers and, of course, donors.
Their contributions not only bolster research; they positively affect individual lives. With that in mind, we’ve included two personal member stories within this section — those of 12-year-old Louie McGee, who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Day family, of Westminster, Maryland.
In addition, we interview April Lufriu, the reigning Mrs. World, who, as a Foundation spokesperson, travels the country and appears on TV, raising awareness about retinal diseases and research.
Each of these people, like so many nationwide, is affected by a retinal disease, and each does his or her part in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission.