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Vision Australia

Contact

Name: Nigel Mapes

Position: National Gifts in Wills Manager

Email: nigel.mapes@visionaustralia.org

Website: http://www.visionaustralia.org

Address

454 Glenferrie Road

Kooyong VIC 3144

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Our Mission / Objective

Vision Australia

Our History 

In 2004 Vision Australia became Australia’s first national blindness agency. Vision Australia was formed following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS) in July 2004.

Our organisation was further expanded in December 2006 through the amalgamation of Royal Blind Foundation Queensland and November 2007, Hear a Book, a Tasmanian producer of audio books, also joined us.

In July 2008 Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) merged with Vision Australia. This made Vision Australia the only national provider of dog guide services.

 

Who we are and what we do

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

We support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

We are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.

Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs

From its inception in 1960, Seeing Eye Dogs, a division of Vision Australia, has remained a user-driven organisation. The attention, care and involvement we give to each of our clients are what make us different.

Our training is entirely one on one; it is not based on a prescriptive group or set training approach. This clearly underpins our belief in putting the client first.

The mission of Seeing Eye Dogs is:

To enhance the mobility and independence of people who are blind or vision impaired throughout Australia by providing Seeing Eye Dogs, mobility training and rehabilitation services.

Find out more about Seeing Eye Dogs. seda.visionaustralia.org/

 

Vision Australia Exists

To support people who are blind or have low vision live the life they choose.

How We Behave

With integrity and professionalism; we listen, adapt and learn; and give the greatest respect to our clients and each other.

What We Do

Create equal opportunity so people who are blind or have low vision can get an education, get a job and be as independent as they choose.

Our Human Rights Statement

Vision Australia has released a Human Rights Statement, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability, to reflect the organisation’s commitment to promoting the rights of people who are blind or have low vision.


Vision Australia is supported by funding from the Commonwealth, Victorian, NSW and Queensland Governments under the Home and Community Care program.


Vision Australia has a Deductible Gift Recipient status.

Projects in Progress

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

67 108 391 831

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future. After you have provided for loved ones, you may then consider including Vision Australia as a beneficiary.

Many generous people support the important work of Vision Australia by including a gift in their Will. Over the years, these contributions large and small have contributed significantly to our work. By leaving a lasting legacy, your gift enables us to assist people who are blind or have low vision to lead independent and fulfilling lives. It is one way of making a positive difference beyond your lifetime.

If you have already made a Will, you may like to consider asking your solicitor to add a codicil, which will incorporate your gift to Vision Australia.

Let us know so we can thank you
We understand that making a Will is a very personal matter However, if you do intend making Vision Australia one of your beneficiaries, or already have done so, it would be a great help if you could let us know. As well as being of assistance for our future planning, it gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise your generosity and to discuss your wishes. Any information you give us will of course be in the strictest confidence.

For further information on making a bequest, please phone our Gifts in Wills team on 1800 422 077

Suggested wording – gifts of residue
Gifts of Residue are a wonderful way of ensuring the value of your bequest increases with time. To assist your solicitor or legal adviser, here is a sample of our suggested bequest wording for a gift of residue.

I give the residue of my Estate to Vision Australia Limited, ABN 67 108 391 831, and I declare that the receipt of its Chief Executive Officer, treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Suggested wording – specific legacies
To assist your solicitor or legal adviser, here is a sample of our suggested bequest wording for a specific legacy.

I give to Vision Australia Limited, ABN 67 108 391 831, the sum of ……. for its general purposes free of all duties and taxes payable upon or in consequence of my death and I declare that the receipt of its Chief Executive Officer, treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

visionaustralia.org/wills

https://youtu.be/4h-QTjTLhoE

General Donations

Vision Australia

By giving a donation today, you will be making a real difference to the lives of adults and children who are blind or vision impaired.

Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital services, from facilitating a child’s development to providing advice on adapting the home of an older person to retain independence. Thank you.

visionaustralia.org/donate

 

Donate $30Jasper walking along the footpath using a white cane

Can pay for a long white cane to help children like Jasper get to school safely

Donate $50

Can provide specialised training to help clients like Sarah live independently

Donate $100

Can help pay for feelix library kits so children like Kaitlyn can learn to read

 

Seeing Eye Dogs

Other support

“There has never been a better time in history to be blind.”
– Andrew Moffat (2017), Vision Australia Chair of the Board & low vision client

 

Andrew is right. Our major donors are transforming the lives of Australians who are blind or have low vision through generous investments of time, money and expertise. Because of our donors, we are on the forefront of innovative advancements and life-changing projects that are forging a new world of opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. We are removing barriers and creating access to information like never before. 

 

Our need for support is great. You can change the lives of people who are blind or have low vision in powerful ways through philanthropy. Whatever your passion may be – education, employment, social inclusion, independence, the arts, technology (the list goes on!) – Vision Australia will partner with you to explore opportunities that align with your interests and the impact you seek to create with your giving.

To learn more or begin a private conversation please contact:

Anabella.ward@visionaustralia.org

Major Gifts Executive 

Tech

Further Education Bursary – Provide adaptive technology for a tertiary student

Donate $10000
DSC

Invest in our incredible Seeing Eye Dog program – Change a life and name a dog!

Donate $50000
VA_Paisley+Mananu

Work with us to make a unique impact in your chosen area of interest.

Donate $100000

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Each month thousands of volunteers contribute their time and skills, working in a range of capacities across our organisation.

Their inspiring generosity helps Vision Australia to manage costs and provide a broader range of services to tens of thousands of people who are blind or have low vision.

By volunteering you can gain new skills and confidence, put your time, energy and skills into programs, have fun and make friends while you enjoy the sense of reward that comes from really making a difference.

Apply now, either online at visionaustralia.org/volunteer or by email: volunteer@visionaustralia.org or phone: 1300 84 74 66

https://youtu.be/vzFeXGcfJpg

 

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Vision Australia

Our History 

In 2004 Vision Australia became Australia’s first national blindness agency. Vision Australia was formed following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS) in July 2004.

Our organisation was further expanded in December 2006 through the amalgamation of Royal Blind Foundation Queensland and November 2007, Hear a Book, a Tasmanian producer of audio books, also joined us.

In July 2008 Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) merged with Vision Australia. This made Vision Australia the only national provider of dog guide services.

 

Who we are and what we do

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

We support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

We are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.

Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs

From its inception in 1960, Seeing Eye Dogs, a division of Vision Australia, has remained a user-driven organisation. The attention, care and involvement we give to each of our clients are what make us different.

Our training is entirely one on one; it is not based on a prescriptive group or set training approach. This clearly underpins our belief in putting the client first.

The mission of Seeing Eye Dogs is:

To enhance the mobility and independence of people who are blind or vision impaired throughout Australia by providing Seeing Eye Dogs, mobility training and rehabilitation services.

Find out more about Seeing Eye Dogs. seda.visionaustralia.org/

 

Vision Australia Exists

To support people who are blind or have low vision live the life they choose.

How We Behave

With integrity and professionalism; we listen, adapt and learn; and give the greatest respect to our clients and each other.

What We Do

Create equal opportunity so people who are blind or have low vision can get an education, get a job and be as independent as they choose.

Our Human Rights Statement

Vision Australia has released a Human Rights Statement, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability, to reflect the organisation’s commitment to promoting the rights of people who are blind or have low vision.


Vision Australia is supported by funding from the Commonwealth, Victorian, NSW and Queensland Governments under the Home and Community Care program.


Vision Australia has a Deductible Gift Recipient status.

Projects in Progress

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

67 108 391 831

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future. After you have provided for loved ones, you may then consider including Vision Australia as a beneficiary.

Many generous people support the important work of Vision Australia by including a gift in their Will. Over the years, these contributions large and small have contributed significantly to our work. By leaving a lasting legacy, your gift enables us to assist people who are blind or have low vision to lead independent and fulfilling lives. It is one way of making a positive difference beyond your lifetime.

If you have already made a Will, you may like to consider asking your solicitor to add a codicil, which will incorporate your gift to Vision Australia.

Let us know so we can thank you
We understand that making a Will is a very personal matter However, if you do intend making Vision Australia one of your beneficiaries, or already have done so, it would be a great help if you could let us know. As well as being of assistance for our future planning, it gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise your generosity and to discuss your wishes. Any information you give us will of course be in the strictest confidence.

For further information on making a bequest, please phone our Gifts in Wills team on 1800 422 077

Suggested wording – gifts of residue
Gifts of Residue are a wonderful way of ensuring the value of your bequest increases with time. To assist your solicitor or legal adviser, here is a sample of our suggested bequest wording for a gift of residue.

I give the residue of my Estate to Vision Australia Limited, ABN 67 108 391 831, and I declare that the receipt of its Chief Executive Officer, treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Suggested wording – specific legacies
To assist your solicitor or legal adviser, here is a sample of our suggested bequest wording for a specific legacy.

I give to Vision Australia Limited, ABN 67 108 391 831, the sum of ……. for its general purposes free of all duties and taxes payable upon or in consequence of my death and I declare that the receipt of its Chief Executive Officer, treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

visionaustralia.org/wills

https://youtu.be/4h-QTjTLhoE

General Donations

Vision Australia

By giving a donation today, you will be making a real difference to the lives of adults and children who are blind or vision impaired.

Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital services, from facilitating a child’s development to providing advice on adapting the home of an older person to retain independence. Thank you.

visionaustralia.org/donate

 

Donate $30Jasper walking along the footpath using a white cane

Can pay for a long white cane to help children like Jasper get to school safely

Donate $50

Can provide specialised training to help clients like Sarah live independently

Donate $100

Can help pay for feelix library kits so children like Kaitlyn can learn to read

 

Seeing Eye Dogs

Other support

“There has never been a better time in history to be blind.”
– Andrew Moffat (2017), Vision Australia Chair of the Board & low vision client

 

Andrew is right. Our major donors are transforming the lives of Australians who are blind or have low vision through generous investments of time, money and expertise. Because of our donors, we are on the forefront of innovative advancements and life-changing projects that are forging a new world of opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. We are removing barriers and creating access to information like never before. 

 

Our need for support is great. You can change the lives of people who are blind or have low vision in powerful ways through philanthropy. Whatever your passion may be – education, employment, social inclusion, independence, the arts, technology (the list goes on!) – Vision Australia will partner with you to explore opportunities that align with your interests and the impact you seek to create with your giving.

To learn more or begin a private conversation please contact:

Anabella.ward@visionaustralia.org

Major Gifts Executive 

Tech

Further Education Bursary – Provide adaptive technology for a tertiary student

Donate $10000
DSC

Invest in our incredible Seeing Eye Dog program – Change a life and name a dog!

Donate $50000
VA_Paisley+Mananu

Work with us to make a unique impact in your chosen area of interest.

Donate $100000

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Each month thousands of volunteers contribute their time and skills, working in a range of capacities across our organisation.

Their inspiring generosity helps Vision Australia to manage costs and provide a broader range of services to tens of thousands of people who are blind or have low vision.

By volunteering you can gain new skills and confidence, put your time, energy and skills into programs, have fun and make friends while you enjoy the sense of reward that comes from really making a difference.

Apply now, either online at visionaustralia.org/volunteer or by email: volunteer@visionaustralia.org or phone: 1300 84 74 66

https://youtu.be/vzFeXGcfJpg

 

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