Seva Canada receives generous support through Abundance Canada. Abundance Canada has been serving donors as a public charitable foundation for more than 40 years. Abundance Canada helps donors with their charitable intentions by connecting their faith, values and generosity.
In 1999, delegates to BCGEU's convention passed a resolution to establish the BCGEU International Solidarity and Humanities Fund. Later, the fund was renamed the BCGEU Diane L. Wood International Solidarity and Humanity Fund in recognition of the international work done by former secretary-treasurer Diane Wood. BCGEU contributes 20 cents per member, per month to the fund to help support a number of projects and partner the organization with different unions, community groups and non-governmental organizations.
Today, the BCGEU provides ongoing funding for Seva Canada’s unique partnerships between women’s microfinance groups and eye care programs in Eastern Africa.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) BC’s partnership with Seva Canada represents the support of 85,000 workers in more than 170 local unions and across many different sectors in nearly every community in the province. CUPE BC’s membership works in hundreds of occupations that help keep communities strong. They work for municipalities, school boards, libraries, colleges, universities, social service agencies, community health centres, private agencies, the ambulance service, public utilities, and other public institutions.
CUPE BC’s international solidarity committee works to raise awareness with members of international issues and the common interests of workers around the world. Their support of a new Seva program in Ethiopia is bringing high-quality eye care to people who would otherwise never have access.
Charity Intelligence’s mission is to provide Canadian donors with information that helps them make informed and intelligent giving decisions that have the greatest impact.
Seva Canada is honoured to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Intelligence’s analysts, and to benefit from their generous support for eye care programs around the world.
Global Affairs Canada has been a major supporter of Seva Canada's work since we were founded in 1982. In May 2011, a new 5-year funding agreement was signed between Seva Canada and Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) in support of Seva's eye care programs in Nepal, Tanzania, Malawi and Madagascar. Through Global Affairs Canada funding, there have been huge successes in global eye care, perhaps most clearly through the support of Aravind Eye Care System and the creation of Aurolab in India.
The mandate of Global Affairs Canada manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, promotes the country's international trade and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind supports programs that help people who are blind and visually impaired to lead independent, productive lives as well as eye care programs working to prevent and treat vision loss.
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind is funding Seva Canada to provide expertise, tools and guidance to the eye department of the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This support is intended to help CCBRT become self-sustaining, to develop a new pricing model that includes lower price points affordable to all, and to develop outreach activities to provide eye care to people in remote and rural areas that would otherwise not have access to care.
Thanks to the generosity, dedication and long-term vision of The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Foundation, Seva has developed The Sherman Institute of Primary Eye Care Management in Tansen, Nepal. The Institute serves as a model for future developments in Nepal’s eye care. Our sincerest thanks to Mr. Sherman who passed away in January 2004 at his home in Ontario.
Founded in 2001 by Dr. Peter Mortifee, the Somerset Foundation has been supporting social innovation and service, guided by the values of creativity, dignity, equality and integrity. Since it began, the Somerset Foundation has supported over 60 social purpose organizations working in diverse fields such as social entrepreneurship, protecting natural ecosystems, restoring eyesight, responsible investment, youth empowerment and social justice.
The Foundation has been a longtime donor to Seva Canada, supporting a wide variety of eye care projects with a focus on capacity building and sustainability. Seva also has the great fortune to have Somerset Director Nancy Mortifee serving as our board chair, providing strong leadership and governance to our organization. In addition, Somerset Founding Member and Chair Dr. Peter Mortifee is a volunteer and photographer, capturing Seva’s work in the field to bring home to Canadian audiences.
The SpencerCreo Foundation was established by the Ken Spencer family as a vehicle through which they could make significant impact and change. Based on the belief that education is the key to creating a better future, the foundation is interested in finding innovative ways to solve some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.
SpencerCreo Foundation has been an avid supporter of Seva Canada for many years, providing generous funding for a variety of eye care programs in Cambodia, Nepal, and Tibet.
XOVA is an award program sponsored by Novartis Pharma AG. It is intended forrecognizes medical eye care specialists who have devised initiatives that are expected to have significant impact on unmet needs in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. Seva Canada is honoured to be a 2017 grant recipient. XOVA’s support will help expand the Community Eye Centre program in Tanzania to bring sustainable, high-quality care to women, children and people living in extreme poverty and isolation.