The Foundation: About FFB

Our Vision

To restore hope and sight.

Our Mission

To lead the fight against blindness by advancing retinal disease research, education and public awareness.

Our Impact

View our 2017 Impact Report

Why Fight Blindness?

Over 1 million Canadians are living with blinding retinal eye diseases right now.

Some were born blind. Others have experienced vision loss as teenagers or during adulthood. Many have been forced to sacrifice their independence; leaving life-long careers or forfeiting their driver’s license. More still have been losing sight of their loved ones, as blind spots overtake the clarity of their children’s faces.

And as field of vision fades, so too can hope.

Before long, 7 in 10 Canadians could be affected by retinal eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Choroideremia, Leber’s congenital amaurosis or others. AMD specifically is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 50.

Now is the time to fight back.

At the Foundation Fighting Blindness, it is our mission to lead the fight against blindness by advancing retinal disease research, education and public awareness, and ultimately restore hope and sight.

With the support of our donors, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has invested $30 million to support vision research across Canada, since 1974. That’s over 200 research grants that have led to over 600 new discoveries in exciting areas of study like: stem cell research, neuroprotective therapies, technological developments, pharmaceuticals and gene therapies. All research supports our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored.

We are also a community. Diverse and thriving, we represent hundreds of volunteers, thousands of individuals and families affected by retinal eye diseases and scores of Canadian scientists seeking cures for blindness.

Together, let’s move research forward.

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  • Our Name

  • On March 15, 1974, the Foundation received its charitable status as the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation of Canada. The name was changed to the RP Eye Research Foundation and is now the Foundation Fighting Blindness (Supplementary Letters Patent – June 9, 2000).

The Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit in the Province of Ontario in 1974 (Corporation No: 284907).

The FFB’s Charitable Registration Number is: 11912 9369 RR0001.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is registered under the Business Names Act. (100140920)


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