Let’s Talk About Donation – The Financial Kind!

In eye banking, the term “donor” typically refers to ocular donors.  While ocular donation makes the gift of sight possible, financial donations can support the work that eye banks do every day.

Fundraising and development are essential tools for non-profit organizations and increase an eye bank’s impact on the communities and individuals they serve. Although the size and scope of an organization’s fundraising program many vary, establishing a strong development program enables eye banks to raise funds for research and additional services, strengthen relationships with the local community, and develop lasting partnerships and support.

During this webinar, representatives from four eye banks discuss the fundraising programs at their organizations and highlight the adjustments that have been made in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, attendees learn the building blocks of development including the various ways to raise funds, the importance of storytelling and tips for grant writing. Attend this session to learn how to strengthen the fundraising and development efforts at your organization!


For one fee of $50 (EBAA Member) or $150 (Non-Member), the entire organization may attend the webinar. After registration, a confirmation email will be sent with a discount code. The contact person who purchased the session should send the discount code to other staff members who may wish to attend the session. The discount code will allow staff to attend remotely for free. 

Note: if an organization has multiple locations, additional registrations must be purchased for each location.

CEU Information

A new CEU process has been implemented. If an individual views the session through their own eyeLEARN account, they simply need to complete the survey on their account to claim credit for the session. If a group of people view the session together in a conference room, then each person should complete the survey listed in the confirmation email to claim CEU credit. 

Important: Whether through eyeLEARN or the survey in the confirmation email, each attendee must complete their own survey to claim credit for the session.

JL Bielon, CFRE

Lions Eye Institute Foundation

JL Bielon, CFRE is the Executive Director of the Foundation at Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. JL is a fundraising and special events veteran who has been working in the industry since 1998. She has coordinated over 150 special events ranging from commencement ceremonies, building dedications and groundbreakings to wine and beer fests, black-tie galas and 5k runs. She currently serves as the President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Candice Lee

Advancing Sight Network

Candice Lee has 18 years of experience in marketing and development for nonprofit organizations. Her favorite thing to do is tell the organization's story and work with financial donors to invest in the organization's mission.

Karen Bardavid

The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration

Karen Bardavid has been working in the field of Development and Fundraising in the Non Profit sector for more than fifteen years. After graduating from The University of Maryland, she began her career at NYU Langone Medical Center. Following this she oversaw an annual Walkathon and 5K Run that took place in Central Park each June and raised more than 1 million dollars annually for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is currently the Director of Development at The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration where she has been since 2017.

Teresa Clark


Teresa Clark serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for Eversight.  In this role she oversees strategic fundraising operations across Eversight locations in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and Connecticut working to secure philanthropic support to restore sight and prevent blindness in the United States and abroad.  Clark has over 17 years of fundraising and nonprofit leadership experience including previous roles as project manager for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Senior Director of Leadership Gifts for the Sphinx Organization, and Director of Development for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan LEAD Scholars program. She is a proud member of the Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club, and routinely volunteers to mentor emerging development leaders.  She is passionate about the art and science of fundraising, and her personal mission is to leverage philanthropy to strengthen communities, families and individuals, and to advance diversity, equity and inclusion overall.  


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1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available