Donation FAQs

Unite For Sight maintains the highest standard for financial responsibility, and we focus on financial ethics, efficiency, and resource maximization. 100% of all online donations go directly to providing eye care for patients living in extreme poverty, and 0% goes to any other purpose. Our financial model far exceeds the efficiency of other nonprofits by a wide margin.

If you would like to donate on behalf of a Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow, please visit the website provided by the volunteer so that your donation is credited to their fundraising efforts.

How much of my donation is going directly to people in need?

We ensure that 100% of your donation will go towards our international eye care programs. We work very hard to keep our administrative costs extremely low. In fact, Unite For Sight spends $0 per year on fundraising, and only 0.1% of its operating budget on administrative costs. These numbers are drawn from audited financial statements. No administrative costs are funded by donations, which means that 100% of all donations from individuals, associations, foundations, and businesses, provide direct eye care services to patients living in poverty. Unite For Sight is committed to spending your money in a highly productive, efficient way.

Where can I learn more about Unite For Sight's leading financial model?

You can read comprehensive details about our important financial model online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/what-we-do/financial-model.

How will my donation be used?

Your donation will directly support eye care for patients living in extreme poverty in developing countries. 80% of all blindness is preventable or curable, and your generosity will provide preventive and sight-restoring eye care to patients in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who would otherwise remain or become blind because they are unable to access or afford quality eye care. The eye care that you support is provided by local eye doctors.  Unite For Sight invests human and financial resources to develop each eye clinic's outreach infrastructure, and the programs are led, managed, and delivered by the local eye clinic's ophthalmologists and ophthalmic staff.  Unite For Sight and its partner eye clinics eliminate patient barriers to care by fully funding surgeries, bringing eye care services by local eye care professionals to the patients, providing transportation to the eye clinic for surgery as needed, and educating communities about blindness elimination.

Does Unite For Sight have annual audits?

Yes. Unite For Sight has an independent audit each year.

What is Unite For Sight's Financial Summary?

These numbers are drawn from audited financial statements.

Total Revenues and Support: $2.139 million

Contributions and Program Revenue: $1,205,254
Donated Services and materials: $892,765
Investment income and other: $22,000

Total Expenses: 2.009 million (99.9% Program Services)

Program Services: $1,990,889 (99.9%)
Administrative & General: $18,380 (0.1%)

Is my donation tax deductible?

Unite For Sight is a non-profit organization exempt from federal income taxation under IRC 501(C)3. Donations are tax deductible for United States citizens. For donors outside of the United States, please consult with your tax advisor regarding whether your donation is tax deductible.

Does Unite For Sight issue tax receipts?

Yes, you will receive a charitable tax receipt for income tax purposes. The tax receipt is sent to you by an email attachment to avoid administrative and mailing costs. This ensures that 100% of your donation will go towards our international eye care programs. However, if you would prefer that a receipt be mailed to you, this request can be accomodated.

When can I expect my receipt?

You will receive your tax receipt immediately upon Unite For Sight's receipt of your donation.

I don't have much money. Can I still help?

Yes! The average cost of a cataract surgery is $50 at Unite For Sight's partner eye clinics. Small donations of even $10 or $20 make great impacts on the lives of patients living in extreme poverty. Larger donations make a very significant difference to the patients whose eye care you sponsor.

Does Unite For Sight sell, rent or trade donor information to other agencies?

No! Unite For Sight values your support, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We will not cede or sell your data for any commercial use, or for any use that is not directly linked to our activities or to the use for which you have entered the data.

Can I dedicate my donation to someone?

Yes. You can make your donation a tribute to someone. You will receive a donation receipt as well as a certificate that you can give to your friend or loved one.

Can I make a donation on the phone if I don't want to donate online?

Yes, but we do urge you to take advantage of the convenience and security of giving online. You may call us at 203-404-4900 if you would like to donate by credit card via phone.

Can I make a donation by check?

You may submit a donation to Unite For Sight via electronic check on the online donation page. You may alternatively submit a check by postal mail, and it may be converted to an ACH debit. If you send a check by postal mail, please be sure to include your email address as well as the name of the volunteer.

Unite For Sight
234 Church Street
15th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510