Our Giving Process
The IF Seal of Approval
Manufacturers who produce products stamped with the "Inspiration Foundation Seal" donate 1% of those net sales to the Inspiration Foundation. The Inspiration Foundation gives a significant portion of the donation to a nonprofit center that assists those with vision loss in the region where the sale was made. These nonprofits work at local, regional and national levels offering programs designed to help people with vision loss learn to live fulfilling and independent lives. The Inspiration Foundation ensures that each and every one of the listed nonprofits offers the best services to expand possibilities for people with vision loss.
If your nonprofit supports the blind and visually impaired community, email firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate your organization to become a partnered friend of the Inspiration Foundation.
Why purchase products with the "Inspiration Foundation Seal"?
70% of blind adults in the United States today are unemployed; and whether you are sighted or not, this astonishingly high unemployment rate will affect you or someone you know. One out of every four people in the United States is a Baby Boomer and one in four Baby Boomers will develop diabetes. Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss, the most common being diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute reports that about half of the 21 million people with diabetes in America have at least early sights of diabetic retinopathy and without proper treatment they may go blind.
The Inspiration Foundation is encouraging businesses to take a lead role in helping fund nonprofit centers that provide services to the blind and visually impaired community creating products stamped with the "Inspiration Foundation Seal". By simply purchasing products with the "Inspiration Foundation Seal" you are helping fund the nonprofit center that assist the blind and visually impaired in your community.
Why should businesses join the Inspiration Foundation?
Other than doing something wonderful for your fellow neighbor, there are many opportunities and benefits to including your business in Inspiration Foundation’s alliance of organizations. It creates opportunities for companies to network, conduct business and simply associate with the hundreds of thousands of people who see the value in giving back to your community. From a consumer standpoint, retailers and manufacturers are recognized for selling products stamped with the "Inspiration Foundation Seal". It adds value that can result in great customer’s loyalty and an increased customer base. Giving back to those in your community doesn’t have to cost you a fortune or become an inconvenience; all it takes is a donation of 1% of your net sales.
Businesses also benefit from the Inspiration Foundation’s marketing efforts and awareness campaigns. The more the "Inspiration Foundation Seal" is recognized and placed on everyday household items, the more effectively it will equate that your business is a company that cares. Our website, blog and newsletter regularly highlights the efforts of partnered members which is a creative way to market your own company to other businesses, current and potential customers.
The need for businesses to help provide nonprofits with the funding they need to operate is even bigger today than it ever has been and it is only getting larger. The number of people with blindness is growing rapidly due to the aging population. The Inspiration Foundation’s donation process is such a simple and proactive way to help those with severe vision loss live accomplished and independent lives.
Here’s a little perspective on giving back: According to a 2007 survey of 1,000 adults conducted by Cone Inc., over 66 percent of Americans consider a company’s business practices when deciding what to buy, 92 percent have a more positive image of a company that supports a cause they care about, and 87 percent are likely to switch from one brand to another if quality and pricing are the same, but the other brand is associated with a good cause (Cone Inc. 2007).