Mission: Surgical Eye Expeditions INTERNATIONAL, INC. is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical, surgical, and educational services by volunteer ophthal ... (More)

SEE International is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2000, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.seeintl.org

  175 Cremona Drive Suite 100
Santa Barbara CA 93117


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for SEE International is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by SEE International is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

90.99%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

16/16 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.20%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



RANDAL AVOLIO, PRESIDENT/CEO

$252,684


YATZARED ACOSTA, COO

$137,393


MATTHEW WHEELER, VP OF STRATEGY

$123,649


CATHERINE LAMORENA, VP PROGRAMS

$111,109


SCOTT W GROFF, CHAIRMAN

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


SEE International reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Grants Received


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

The largest change to SEE's financial structure came with the decision to focus on expanding our donor network and revenue diversity by launching a commercial campaign comprised of two nationally aired commercials in 2020. These commercials were two of the most ambitious fundraising projects our team has ever worked on in the history of SEE, and were intended to inform the nation about SEE’s mission, helping us grow to our fullest potential and increasing the number of lives we touch every year. Through these commercials, a new network of supporters was inspired to join us in taking action against preventable blindness. In 2020, the commercials garnered almost 2,000 donations, 92% of which were from brand-new donors!


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Short-term, international clinics at on-site locations have always been a core part of SEE's programming. Travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, have made this aspect of our organization's services much harder to carry out. To adapt, we have both shifted some of our focus to efforts that aren't restricted in this manner, as well as made adjustments to the services that are to make sure they can still be run as safely as possible.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on how we approach international aid. To continue enacting transformative change in the lives of visually impaired individuals, we adapted to prioritize efforts like our Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery Training program, Kibuye Retinoblastoma Program, and our Direct Supply Support program. In addition, our local sight-restoring program, Santa Barbara Vision Care, is taking meticulous measures to ensure the safety of our staff and patients. Plexiglass barriers have been erected and PPE masks secured to keep members of our staff healthy.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

In addition to the increased emphasis on supporting our surgical partners abroad, SEE will be maintaining the adaptations made to our local sight-restoring clinics. We anticipate continuing to be flexible and adaptable into the future such that we can stay on top of any challenges and changes we may face.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

SEE International cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



SEE International reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$18,363,930

Spent in most recent FY

94%

Percent of program expenses


INTERNATIONAL VISION PROGRAMSEE International transforms lives by restoring sight to those in need. SEE envisions a world where everyone has access to vision care, regardless of who they are, where th ... (More)


$587,456

Spent in most recent FY

3%

Percent of program expenses


SANTA BARBARA VISION CARE PROGRAMSEE serves its local community through its Santa Barbara Vision Care Program. In 2019, more than 7,000 people received free eye care from the program. Since the incept ... (More)


$247,893

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


EDUCATION DIVISIONSEE offers courses on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) that is a low-cost, low-tech form of cataract extraction that saves time, money, and energy should phacoemulsific ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by SEE International is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


We provide essential and transformative eye care and surgery around the world and right here at home. We bring medical volunteers and partners together to care for the people who need it most. Our teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery. Together we break the cycle of hardship that blindness and visual impairment cause, making patients, families, and communities healthier and stronger.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The large-scale goal of our organization is the complete elimination of preventable blindness around the world.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SEE is putting more focus into efforts that supply our partners, such as our Direct Supply Support program in Nepal and India.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: SEE is also reinvesting internally, particularly within the Development and Programs departments, to expand our ability to fundraise, advocate, and provide sight-restoring care.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: SEE is expanding the scope of its educational efforts. By training eyecare professionals in the most efficient, effective surgical techniques, our impact can be scaled dramatically.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

SEE has primarily invested in its leadership by providing a number of options for professional growth and development. Members of our leadership team frequently attend conferences and training courses to better their understanding of their roles, hone their skills, and improve their occupational outcomes. Examples of this include HR training conferences, financial literacy courses, and remote management training.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

SEE has mobilized through marketing and advocacy campaigns. We are constantly looking for new avenues through which we can inform and educate the public about the needs of individuals suffering from vision loss or impairment. To do so, we frequently partner with organizations like the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, as well as local clinics and institutions, such as Goleta Valley Optical, or the Santa Barbara and Goleta Unified School Districts.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on how we approach international aid. It has become abundantly clear that short-term clinics abroad are not always a feasible means of providing sight-restoring care to communities in need. To continue enacting transformative change in the lives of visually impaired individuals, we adapted to prioritize efforts like our Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) Training program, Kibuye Retinoblastoma Program, and our Direct Supplies Support program. A great example of this adjustment is the MSICS course we ran in June, during which SEE trained a Nigerian doctor in this essential technique for the first time. Dr. Egbula Eni traveled to Ghana from Nigeria to seek training in MSICS from one SEE’s most trusted partners, Dr. Thomas Baah. Over the course of the month-long training, 102 sight-restoring surgeries were performed. This proliferation of skills and education is an integral part of SEE’s mission to establish sustainable eyecare and we intend to build on this success in the future.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

SEE International is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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