THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM PARTNERS FOR SIGHT FOUNDATION
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we at Partners for Sight Foundation find ourselves especially thankful. We are deeply grateful to our grantees, donors, and loyal subscribers who help us fulfill our mission to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired individuals. Our list of what we are thankful for in 2019 begins with you.
To our grantees, without your steadfast work on behalf of blind visually impaired communities, our mission could not be achieved. You enable us to fund and support initiatives that highlight and meet the needs of the very people we hope to impact. We thank you for your work, dedication, and passion for improving the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals.
To our donors, our work would be limited without your financial support. Your donations strengthen our ability to fund our grants. Your generosity enhances our ability to support blind and visually impaired people, and we are deeply grateful for you.
To our subscribers, your continued support of our large print books directly impacts our outreach efforts. Your loyalty enables us to continue to provide the tools and resources necessary for blind and visually impaired individuals to lead independent, productive lives. As we settle in for time with family and friends this Thanksgiving, perhaps with book in hand, know that we are thankful for you.
To all of the individuals we serve, we are thankful for your strength, determination, and above all, the value you bring to the world. May we continue to learn from you as we continue to create a better world together.
Board & Staff of Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.
November 21, 2019
Dear RDPFS Grantee,
We wanted to reach out to you directly on the heels of the news that Susan Olivo, our Executive Director, will be leaving RD Partners for Sight to assume the role of Executive Director of the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, effective January 1, 2020.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I’m writing to let you and all our valued grantees know that our commitment to the field of low vision and blindness remains as strong as ever. In fact, we began a strategic planning initiative this past summer, with the goal of building on our current work and delivering even greater impact to the community in the future.
During this time of transition, we remain committed to supporting the important work that you do. Dianna Kelly-Naghizadeh, our Grant Program Manager, will be your primary contact at the Foundation. The Board of Directors will temporarily oversee management and provide guidance as we develop our plans and conduct a formal search for a new ED who shares the values and vision of our Foundation.
We’re so proud of Susan and the work she’s accomplished during her tenure. Susan has led our national and local grant making programs designed to provide blind and visually impaired people with the tools and resources necessary to lead independent, productive lives. Her commitment to and passion for meeting the needs of blind and visually impaired people has informed every level of our grantmaking, as well as our support of our large print publishing business. Under her stewardship, RDPFS has grown from a small, localized foundation to being a significant force in the field of low vision and blindness. Her informed and impassioned support of new and innovative initiatives has allowed us to fill a much-needed niche in the field, supporting pilots that grow into successful paradigm-changing programs. Her inspiring leadership and friendship have not only left a lasting impression on me personally, but a permanent legacy at Partners for Sight. We will miss her, and we wish her the best in the next chapter of her career.
I’m extremely excited about the future of RDPFS. We’re laser focused on broadening and deepening the terrific impact that we have today. The identity of our organization is rooted in our board, our values and our overall mission and vision; everything we’re doing is aimed at building on top of that base.
Please join us in thanking Susan for her service to RDPFS. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions as we continue the process of developing and executing our strategic plan as well as seeking a new Executive Director to lead RDPFS.