A Message from President and CEO Kirk Adams
In this issue you will read a lot about the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation.
As the fundraising arm of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., the Foundation is responsible for supporting the tools, technology, and training necessary for all our employees to be successful in the workplace.
The Lighthouse employs over 240 people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. There are a variety of visual impairment conditions represented here, meaning that providing customized support and training is a complicated and expensive endeavor.
Founded in 2004, the goal of the Foundation is to fund supports through our Employee and Community Services (ECS) department. Each year the Lighthouse spends over two million dollars on adaptive technology, vital training programs, and critical employee supports. These are expenses that other employers, including other manufacturers and service businesses we compete against, do not incur.
In order to cover these mission-related expenses, the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation seeks financial contributions from the community.
The Foundation’s efforts are twofold. First and foremost is to raise funding for the day-to-day operations of our ECS department. We receive support from a variety of sources including cash and in-kind donations from individuals, public charities, foundations, corporations, private businesses, and government entities.
Additionally, our fundraising efforts include hosting annual events such as our Redefining Vision Luncheon, Summer Garden Party, and Get to Know the Lighthouse series. The Foundation Board of Directors and Lighthouse staff continually engage in telling our story through our quarterly newsletter, social media, direct mail appeals, and community presentations. All of these efforts support the services, training programs, and assistive technology for our employees who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.
The second charge of the Foundation is to build an endowment fund through planned gifts and substantial lifetime contributions from donors. By making a gift through your will or estate plan, you can make a lasting impact that ensures the Lighthouse is able to continue providing support to our employees for decades to come.
Without the community’s generous support from annual gifts and contributions to the Foundation, we would not be able to continue providing opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.
Thank you to everyone who makes our work possible. We applaud your commitment to our mission and are grateful for your support.
President and CEO
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.