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VisionSpring (formerly the Scojo Foundation) was founded in 2001 by Jordan Kassalow and his business partner Scott Berrie, who together also created "Scojo New York, a high-end reading glasses company serving the US market. 5% of the pre-tax profits from Scojo New York were designated for Scojo Foundation. In 2008, after the sale of Scojo New York, Scojo Foundation changed its name to VisionSpring, launching a new identity reflecting its mission to reduce poverty and generate opportunity in the developing world through vision.

"The Open Society Institute provided seed capital to launch the first pilot in India. Today, VisionSpring serves tens of thousands of poor customers across the developing world with affordable eyeglasses. Together with our partners, including some of the world's largest NGOs and the most innovative Base-of-the-Pyramid organizations, VisionSpring is providing sustainable jobs and access to vision care in the world's poorest, most remote communities." [1]

Major Funders

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Honorary Board Members

Advisory Board

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Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Our Story, VisionSpring, accessed September 25, 2008.
  2. Supporters, VisionSpring, accessed September 25, 2008.
  3. Directors, VisionSpring, accessed September 25, 2008.
  4. Advisory Board, VisionSpring, accessed September 25, 2008.