History of The Foundation

Upload: May 10, 2016Established in 2006, the mission of The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation is to preserve and improve sight. The Foundation provides access to eye care for vulnerable and under-served populations, including the operation of free charitable eye clinics, and provides community outreach services, supports community and professional education, and funds research.

The decision to create a separate nonprofit organization did not happen overnight. It was a long process that involved implementing various corporate social responsibility activities over the years at Cincinnati Eye Institute. "The decision to start a separate nonprofit organization is a bit atypical for a private eye care practice, but it was something that we felt was the right thing to do," says Michael Petersen, MD, PhD, a retina specialist and immediate past chairman of the board of directors for CEI. "It takes the ideas of these activities to an entirely different level."

The doctors at CEI saw that more could be done to address the eye care needs of the community, and that's when they made the decision and a commitment to create The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation.The approach is three-pronged: education, prevention, and direct eye, vision and medical care. Most importantly, it builds leverage and effective collaborations, which are essential to addressing the eye care needs of the community, a task that is too great for one organization to tackle alone.

The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation has received outstanding recognition for its services. In 2010, it was awarded the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations. It has also received five Health Care Hero Awards from the Cincinnati Business Courier.

The Foundation's work is truly making a difference inthe community. To learn more about us, please contact Pat Ward, President and CEO, at 513-569-3725.