Tarnside worked with Sightsavers to understand how it could increase its income from major donors, and build longer-term relationships with those in a position to support its life-changing work at a more substantial level. Major donors can make an immense difference to the fundraising performance of any charity: they are, however, demanding donors who expect depth of detail and – often – a meaningful role in planning.
Sightsavers is an international non-governmental organisation that works with partners in developing countries to treat and prevent avoidable blindness, and promote the rights of people with visual impairments and other disabilities. Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries worldwide, focusing on Africa and Asia. It partners with local, regional, national and international organisations, ministries, governments and non-governmental organisations to distribute treatments to prevent disease, carry out operations and eye examinations, advocate for disability rights and strengthen health systems to create sustainable development projects.
During its history, Sightsavers has “distributed 438 million treatments to protect against river blindness, provided 7.3 million sight-restoring cataract operations, and supported more than 225,000 people with disabilities to live independently”. A true achievement and one which moves the charity towards its end goal of eliminating avoidable blindness and achieving parity for people with impairments.