Sights for Hope is an independent nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status that is funded through several critical sources. We provide services at little or no cost to our clients and constituents.
Our Annual Fund benefits all agency operations. Because Annual Fund gifts are not restricted, they provide us the flexibility to allocate resources strategically and quickly to meet growing and changing needs. The Annual Fund also includes donor-designated gifts from United Way campaign contributors.
We receive funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services through the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB); the Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS); the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services, and the Monroe County Human Services Development Fund.
Service Reimbursements and Revenue
We receive reimbursements for children’s vision screenings in Monroe County from the Pocono Mountains United Way and revenue through the sales of client transportation tickets, devices, and assistive technologies. We accept payments from all major insurance carriers.
Special Event Proceeds
We hold special events in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County, including our Songs4Sight concert, and raise funds through our participation in the annual Lehigh Valley Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
C. Well Sweepstakes
We hold an annual C. Well Sweepstakes with monthly drawings. Revenue is drawn from ticket revenue, returned prizes, and additional donations.
Lions Clubs are an indelible part of our history and an indispensable part of our continued impact. We trace our existence to 1928 when Lions Clubs formed two agencies in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Lions Clubs in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties continue to provide extensive support annually.
We receive grants each year from regional foundations, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and national foundations to support our operations and our services.
The Sights for Hope Endowment Foundation is an affiliated nonprofit organization with its own 501(c)(3) status and Board of Directors. Its mission is to support our agency’s activities. The foundation provides an allocation annually to support our operations.
Bequests and Estate Gifts
We receive gifts from personal estates regularly. Up to $10,000 from each single bequest payment benefits our operations and any additional funds are transferred to the Sights for Hope Endowment Foundation.
Contact for Information
Dennis Zehner, 610.433.6018, Ext. 241