Miami Lighthouse for the Blind enthusiastically visited each presidential candidate's website to find out more about them prior to the first Democratic Debate held in Miami in June. Not one website – Democrat or Republican – was fully accessible for a blind or visually impaired person to navigate. See the full scores and methodology here.
When Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired first opened its doors, its mission was to provide services that made a difference. Ever since then, the organization has stayed true to its mission, innovating every day on behalf of the blind. Miami Lighthouse annually transforms the lives of 90,000 blind and visually impaired people, babies to seniors, and their families. The impact of our programs is statewide, national, and international.
And, Miami Lighthouse has even more to offer. Find out how we can work together to benefit the blind and visually impaired in Florida and across the nation.
Visually impaired adapt to distance learning
Read how distance learning has become a crucial element of education during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling students to continue their studies while practicing social separation. Click here to read the Op-ed in The Miami Herald authored by President and CEO Virginia Jacko.
Miami Lighthouse featured in the iconic Wall Street Journal
When Virginia Jacko began losing her eyesight in her 40s, she left her job as a senior financial executive at a university and enrolled in a vocational-rehabilitation program. Using new technology, she was soon able to use a spreadsheet, read a financial statement and even pick out matching clothes.
‘I think of myself as a CEO who happens to be blind.’ Miami Lighthouse CEO honored globally.
CEO Virginia Jacko was recently selected by the Viscardi Center as one of 10 recipients around the world of the 2019 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. The awards honor “leaders in the global disability community,” who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. To read the Miami Herald article click here.
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE RATED AMONG TOP 1% OF U.S. CHARITIES BY NATIONAL EVALUATOR CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Miami Lighthouse has received ten consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. There currently is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. Click here to read the full press release and you can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.
The Coral Gables Museum will host an exhibition of artworks created by visually impaired artists from Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. This exhibit is being presented free and open to the public and will allow visitors to feel, hear, and even smell the artwork.
At Miami Lighthouse we will celebrate our Florida Heiken Children’s Program that provides comprehensive dilated eye exams and prescription glasses at no cost to financially disadvantaged schoolchildren statewide. If you missed it, you can watch our virtual Music Under the Stars that took place on May 13th here.
Join us on October 29th at the spectacular new contemporary clubhouse of the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables for this year’s “See the Light” luncheon.
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Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.
Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.
Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.
Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.
Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.
Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.
Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.
Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare's 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.
Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.
Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.
Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.