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Partnership With The Flanzer Trust


Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust
Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 26, 2021 – Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates and empowers those affected by vision loss in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Highlands Counties, announces a new partnership with The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust (Flanzer Trust) Contribution Matching Program in 2021.

The Flanzer Trust launched its inaugural Contribution Matching Program in January 2020 and recently announced that it sent $3.145 million to agencies in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties, matching $1,572,713 in contributions from 6,500 donors. The Lighthouse is honored to be named as one its newest partners.

Contributions to the Lighthouse, between $5 and $500 made through the Flanzer Trust will be matched 1:1 and will support the programs and services provided to help empower and promote independence for individuals living with vision loss. Lighthouse provides thousands of training hours to more than 500 children, teens, adults and seniors each year in mobility and white cane training, adjustment to vision loss courses, daily living skills, assistive technology classes, job employment services, transition programs for teens and young adults, and more.

“Our main focus is to give people the tools they need to continue living a life of independence,” said Lisa J. Howard, CFRE and CEO of Lighthouse. “We provide critical services and support to individuals with vision loss and we appreciate the philanthropic support that The Flanzer Trust will provide to us through this matching program; ensuring that our clients receive the best training possible to maintain their independence.”

To learn more about Lighthouse’s education and training programs, offered at NO COST to individuals with vision loss, please visit www.LighthouseEducationCenter.org.

Terri C. Medina
Director of Development
Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center

About Flanzer Philanthropic Trust: The mission of the Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is to enhance the life of the people of the Suncoast through social services and healthcare initiatives. The purpose of the Flanzer Contribution Matching Program is to inspire locals across the Suncoast to make a difference in their communities through meaningful gifts to key nonprofit organizations that result in greater opportunities for those who need assistance the most.