Now That’s Good News – A Live Virtual Celebration Event

Now Thats good news augt 12th 3 pm ET

Thank you to those that shared your good news and accomplishments over the last few months with us. Join us on August 12th at 3 pm ET/ 12 pm PT for our live event: Now That’s Good News as we highlight good news from our members. This event will be MC’d by Mike Gilliam (CEO of Lighthouse San Antonio) with videos, prizes, lighthearted humor, and fun! Come to celebrate the good work of our members. Join us to share in the good news and the fun. All are welcome to attend.

Save the date!


In conjunction with this good news event, we are kicking off our summer fundraising campaign. Your good news has shown how vital it is to keep the mission strong now more than ever. Every personal contribution of $50 will receive a chance to win a free registration to our fall conference. Each increment of $50 will receive an additional entry to win. i.e $150 = 3 entries to win. Donations made between now and August 18th will be eligible for the drawing.

Questions? Email Ben Leigh, Digital Operations & Communications Manager at

Executive Pathways Series

Executive Pathways Series

Attend our new series Executive Pathways to hear from experts on helping navigate, manage, and lead under these new circumstances. (This series has replaced our monthly 333 Hot Topics event)

August event presented in partnership with Bank of America 

Wednesday, August 19th at 2 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Dianne Chipps Bailey, Managing Director & National Philanthropic Strategy Executive for Bank of America
Topic: A Case for Fierce Optimism, Courage & Collaboration  

About: Given the complexity of our nation’s multiple and inextricably related crises, strong executive leadership has never been more important for nonprofits. In this interactive session, Dianne will offer strategies for VSA leaders to partner with their boards to advance their organization’s mission.  Highlights of Bank of America’s Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy also will be shared to help you to decode the motivations and priorities for these increasing generous and influential donors. Finally, Dianne will explain how creating a culture of optimism, courage and collaboration serves as a foundation for fundraising success and transformational change. This event is available for VSA Members only. Members – See your inbox for registration.

Participants will learn:
• The science of optimism  
• Why we should be optimistic about a better world for all with vision loss  
• The role of the governing boards in achieving this shared mission
• Strategies to capture your share of ~$40B given annually to health‐related organizations

Question? Contact Wendy Hymes at

State of Vision Rehab services in the age of COVID-19

State of Vision Rehabilitation Services in COVID-19 Weekly Program Leaders Call

As we all recognize, COVID-19 has created an environment requiring new approaches to the provision of Vision Rehabilitation Services.  VisionServe Alliance is launching a weekly call to serve as a platform for Program Directors or Managers (CEO’s are welcome to join as well) to present information, share resources, and answer questions on the subject. This call will be via Zoom every Thursday at 3 pm EST.

Register to attend

The information presented and gathered through these calls is one aspect of the field’s effort to learn about and assure best practices as we have all had to pivot in this crisis.

There are multiple layers of work being conducted on this subject by many of our national organizations including ACVREP, AER, APH, and AFB.  Mississippi State University and VSA are exploring a collaborative project that would facilitate the development of best practices (and perhaps standards down the road) for the provision of remote vision rehabilitation services for organizations and includes a research component. Ultimately all organizations involved in the field will have input and be asked to validate these. There is exciting work afoot in the field of vision rehabilitation, that has the potential to greatly impact the extent of our reach.

Spiel & Steal

Round table discussion

Many of you have participated in the Spiel & Steal session we host at our bi-annual conferences.

*NEW* Spiel & Steal will now be hosted once a month moving forward.  Join us for a general discussion about what’s going on at your organization and how we can collaborate together. This will be a time of unguided discussion to share your voice and hear from others during COVID-19. This event is available for VSA Members only. Members – See your inbox for registration.

Virtual Happy Hour for Retirees

Virtual Happy Hour Connecting our retirees

We welcome our retired VSA members and staff to join us for a monthly happy hour connecting you with some blasts from the past. VisionServe Happy Hours – the best place to catch up and make new connections!

  • Next Retiree Virtual Happy Hour – Thursday, 8/13 at 6 pm ET

For the link to join, see your latest eNews or contact Wendy Hymes at