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Organization Profile

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Chamblee, Ga., that provides free or deeply discounted comprehensive vision and hearing care for uninsured or underinsured Georgia residents. Founded in 1949 by Lions Club members from Atlanta, Moultrie, and Albany, the Lighthouse has served as a beacon of hope to low-income families around the state for almost 60 years. The generosity of our medical-provider partners enables the Lighthouse to provide hearing and vision services to Georgians in need at a cost-benefit ratio of $1 to $5 – meaning that for every dollar donated, patients receive $5 in healthcare services.

Our on-site vision clinic provides eye exams and eyeglass fittings to hundreds of Georgians every year, while staff opticians work with volunteers and donated materials to sort, clean, and send more than 100,000 pairs of recycled eyeglasses to developing countries each year. For clients in need of hearing aids, we partner with members of our 150-provider network and four hearing-aid manufacturers. The Lighthouse hearing-aid program is funding in large part by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Click here to view our 2016 Impact Report.

In the News

Georgia Lions foundation begins GoFundMe for new devices (July 14, 2017)

WSB-TV: Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation launches giving program (June 26, 2017)

Charity making eyeglasses for underprivileged needs your help (June 23, 2017)

Mike Muscala and Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provide vision screening (January 31, 2017)

New partnership creates vision care access for uninsured (June 22, 2016)

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation celebrates 47-year partnership with Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (December 21, 2015)

‘Night of Spectacles’ transforms old glasses into new fashion (April 27, 2015)

FAQ

Does the Lighthouse accept volunteers?

Yes. We are always in need of volunteers to help ready international eyeglass shipments, which involves washing, sorting, and reading prescriptions. Please email Peri Finch (pfinch@lionslighthouse.org) for more information.

Are donations to the Lighthouse tax-deductible?

Yes. The Lighthouse’s 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service makes all financial donations 100% tax-deductible.

How does the Lighthouse use monetary donations?

Like all nonprofit organizations, the Lighthouse uses donations for myriad purposes; for example, running the vision clinic, covering operating expenses, and maintaining the vehicles that enable us to offer mobile vision screening services. For a complete financial breakdown, please click here to visit the Lighthouse profile on Charity Navigator.

Who is eligible for financial assistance with vision and hearing care?

The Lighthouse strives to provide assistance to as many applicants as possible; however, in the interest of being good stewards of the monies entrusted to us, we require applicants to meet certain standards of income and residence. Please click here to visit the Vision Services application, and click here to obtain the Hearing Services application. 

I am a hearing or vision care provider and would like to partner with the Lighthouse.

Wonderful! We’d love to hear from you. Please contact Ruthy Stephens (rstephens@lionslighthouse.org) for more information. 

I work at or am affiliated with an organization that would like to partner with the Lighthouse.

We are always open to new partnerships! Sharing resources and working together is a great way to build relationships and accomplish even more. Please reach out to Kate Viana (kviana@lionslighthouse.org) to start the conversation. 

I would like to request specific/high-level information or schedule an interview with Lighthouse leadership.

Please get in touch with Donna Looper, Chief Advocacy Officer (dlooper@lionslighthouse.org), to get the ball rolling.