Operation Eyesight Universal

Suite 200 - 4 Parkdale Crescent NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3T8
President & CEO: Kashinath Bhoosnurmath
Board Chair: Shaad Oosman

Charitable Reg. #:11906 8955 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About Operation Eyesight Universal:

Founded in Calgary in 1963, Operation Eyesight Universal (Operation Eyesight) is an international aid charity that works to prevent blindness and restore sight. It works in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, and Zambia, and plans to expand to Malawi, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. The charity reports that 1.1 billion people around the world have vision loss and 90% of cases occur in developing countries. It also states that around 90% of all cases of blindness are avoidable, or due to preventable conditions such as cataracts and trachoma.

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Operation Eyesight’s services begin with training community health workers (CHWs) from local hospitals. Local health workers receive eye health training sessions spread across 10 to 20 days from qualified optometrists and ophthalmologists. During training, optometrists review the anatomy of the eye, eye screening procedures, and how to identify cataracts and other eye diseases. In F2020, Operation Eyesight helped to train 414 people on eye health care.

Once CHWs complete their training, they conduct door-to-door surveys in a designated cluster of villages for two to five months. Health workers then develop an action plan to meet the specific screening and treatment needs of each community. Typically, an ophthalmologist from the nearest hospital screens people in specific at-risk villages and examines patients who need surgical attention. The charity screened 1,411,994 people for eye conditions in F2020.

After screenings take place, CHWs refer all patients who need follow-up care to outreach camps, vision centres, or the closest hospital for treatment. Operation Eyesight establishes its own vision centres to provide specialized eye care to communities in need. Vision centres provide surgeries free of cost for patients who cannot afford to pay. In F2020, the charity established 19 new vision centres, including 17 in India, one in Ghana, and one in Bangladesh. It also performed 147,031 eye surgeries during the year.

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Operation Eyesight launched a new initiative to send equipment to local hospitals and raise awareness of safety precautions. In F2020, it reports that it gave out 4,246 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) and 20,556 hygiene kits. It also trained 1,660 health workers and handed out 121,998 educational materials on covid-19, reaching 828,550 people.

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Results and Impact

Operation Eyesight Universal reports that it declared three Kenyan villages as avoidable blindness-free in F2020. In other words, all village members received treatment for preventable eye conditions and were able to see a minimum distance of six meters in at least one eye. To prevent infections that may lead to blindness, Operation Eyesight also provides clean water to at-risk communities. In F2020, it drilled or maintained 250 boreholes in Zambia. It states that its boreholes helped to provide clean water to 26,250 people during the year.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Operation Eyesight Universal’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has rated Operation Eyesight as High impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar. 

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Impact Rating: High

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Operation Eyesight Universal received $5.5m in Canadian donations in F2020. During the year, it also received $562k in international donations and $317k in government wage subsidies. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 19% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 22%. For every dollar donated, 78 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Operation Eyesight has total funding reserves of $6.3m. This can cover around 1.3 years of annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Operation Eyesight Universal for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 18, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.8%4.4%6.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.9%26.2%29.5%
Total overhead spending 21.7%30.6%35.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 133.0%161.1%141.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,5134,5434,081
International donations 5621,190967
Government funding 31700
Investment income 479690
Total revenues 6,4395,8295,138
Program costs - International 4,7673,6993,757
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 180252310
Fundraising costs 1,0401,1891,206
Total spending 5,9875,1405,273
Cash flow from operations 452689(135)
Capital spending 91919
Funding reserves 6,3425,9605,324

Note: Ci reported international donations from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA, and removed the amounts from Canadian donations. According to its financial notes, Operation Eyesight received $317k in government wage subsidies in F2020, which it reported as a reduction of expenses. Ci classified wage subsidies as government funding and added back the amount to program costs. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 50

Avg. compensation: $30,454

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were added to a previous profile update. New comments may be forthcoming.

We’re committed to being responsible stewards of our donors’ gifts. We adhere to the highest standards of ethics, transparency and accountability, and live those principles in our work every day. We were so proud to be recognized as one of Charity Intelligence Canada’s Top 10 Impact Charities of 2018. We know that our donors understand that they support not just our program work, but also critical investments in our organization like software, technology and hiring the right people. Our donors’ generosity allows us to work more efficiently and more effectively, to ultimately help more people see.

As part of our work, we’ve embraced the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our donors enable our programs to support the achievement of nine of the 17 SDGs, alongside our partners such as hospitals, governments and other international development organizations.

Finally, we’ve developed an innovative program of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health that helps our partners both develop eye health services in the countries where we work and create community demand for those services through eye health education. Our goal is to create eye health care that’s sustainable without continued foreign support. Our donors know that avoidable blindness will be eliminated only when everyone has access to affordable eye health care, and we can’t thank them enough!

Charity Contact

Website: www.operationeyesight.com
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001