How We Give Back

For EVERY purchase, we donate FREE glasses & vision health care to those in need.

  VI FOundation

Formed in 2014, VI Foundation was established to address vision health care issues for underserved communities in East Baltimore. Our Founder, Nan Zhang, worked closely with burdened youths through tutoring and advocacy. Over time through her volunteering, Nan noticed that students had a pattern of reading and writing difficulties. Upon further investigation, it was found that they simply could not see well.

Nan was determined to find a solution and to bring glasses and vision health care resources to those in need. She completed an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to form a grassroots project that focused on the most sustainable measures for an effective charity. The grassroots project grew into an official non-profit organization with the support of health leaders, government programs, and local institutes.

To date, we have collected over 30,000 donated frames to provide underserved demographics with free glasses. In order to maximize our charity efforts, we needed to raise funds for our lens offerings to those in need. We tried to think about how we can reuse/recycle/renew glasses in order to form a sustainable framework. That is how we came to form Vision Interchange's novel trading platform. We can finally provide an affordable option for the public to purchase frames. At the same time, we can help those in need with every purchase.

A portion of your Vision Interchange purchase is donated transparently to our charity to aid our vision cause. Thanks to people like you, we can truly serve our mission in having one vision to provide vision for all!

Read more about our work and story. VI Foundation is a non-profit organization with a full member board and advisory board.

Read about the start of our charity work. Founder, Nan Zhang, discusses her fellowship with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Our partnered charity site is the Youth Opportunity Center. We also work in partnership with HEBCAC and local public health leaders.