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Annual Report 2013 Accomplishments

Accomplishments

Where do we spend your donation dollars?

Your contributions help expand services in our Community Programs as more people are living with vision loss. According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of Americans who report visual impairment is expected to double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.

Your confidence in Vision Loss Resources inspires us to be the best that we can be. Your support helps us all view tomorrow with renewed optimism. For that, we all thank you.

Your 2013 Investment Accomplishments:
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New technology classes

Our community center clients, who are mainly seniors, asked for classes to learn how to use mobile devices, email, and social media. We now offer nine group classes a month, charging $10 per class, as well as one-on-one lessons. Topics range from the basics of shopping for a new smartphone, to using email, to finding the apps and features for vision loss. Our goal is to help our clients use technology to remain independent and to keep in touch with family and friends.

Latino Outreach Initiative

Starting in June 2013, we are proud to now provide low vision assessment, support and services for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Spanish speaking community. We worked with the Mexican Consulate, CLUES and Centro, Inc. to redesign our brochures, outreach materials and website specifically for native Spanish speakers, using a holistic cultural approach (not merely a translation of our English-language materials). The impact is clear: in 2013, 10% of our clients self-identified as Latino, compared to only 2% in 2012.

New Staff

We hired 9 new program staff in 2013. This will allow us to expand our programing in both community services and rehabilitation programming to meet an increase in demand for services. We are passionately committed to providing the highest quality service and we believe the best way to do this is by recruiting, training and

1.resized.stardards.logoCharity Review Council “Meets Standards” Seal

Vision Loss Resources completed the work necessary in 2013 to meet all twenty-seven of the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards. We are honored to display the “Meets Standards” seal as a symbol of public trust.

The Charity Review Council reviews nonprofit organizations in four areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising.

The review works to ensure that an organization’s operations, structure and policies meet widely accepted standards for accountability, trans-
parency and ethical practices. Vision Loss Resources is now listed as a reviewed organization on the Council’s Smart Givers Network and the

Smart Giver newsletter distributed to households, businesses and nonprofits.

Learn more about the Accountability Standards and the Charity Review Council at www.smartgivers.org

View our profile on the Charity Review Council’s website: www.smartgivers.org/Charity/Review/vision_loss_resources