Mission Statement

Kirchgessner Vision Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a private foundation qualified under Internal Revenue Code §501(c)(3) whose purposes are exclusively charitable.  The Foundation supports tax exempt institutions located primarily in the Southern California area which are actively engaged in the provision of services in the field of vision. The Foundation seeks to assist economically disadvantaged persons, especially those among the young, the elderly, and the disabled.  While the Foundation may support a limited amount of eye research, its emphasis is to support activities in the area of vision care, and to help those with sight problems to be self-sufficient.

The Foundation places the highest priority on the grant proposals of nonprofits serving communities in the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties).  Agencies who serve the Greater LA region but are headquartered elsewhere may also apply for a grant.  It is highly unlikely that funding will be offered to an organization, initiative or project that falls outside of this area.

Guidelines Summary
  • Grants are made to qualified organizations and institutions that are exempt from federal taxes under IRC Section 501(c)(3). No grants are made to individuals or to fund-raising campaigns.
  • Particular attention is given to applicants in the Southern California area.
  • Race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or religion are not factors in the consideration and awarding of grants.
  • Grants are restricted to organizations whose overhead expenses are deemed to be reasonable by our Foundation.

For details, see our Grant Making Guidelines