TEAM OGS

About TEAM OGS

TEAM OGS gives optometry practices the opportunity to be part of a global team of professionals committed to ensuring that eye health programs and eye care are available to everyone, everywhere.

The initiative offers a variety of year-round patient- and staff-focused fundraising activities that can be easily implemented and managed at your practice. You may be surprised how many different ways there are to support Optometry Giving Sight year-round, many of them being hands-off.

TEAM OGS makes it all very easy. 

Simply sign up for one or more of the following activities and we’ll send you a kit with everything you ‘ll need:

  • Pick a Pair (without impacting your practice revenue): Add a dollar or two to your eyeglass frames or select lines and donate the amount.
  • Chip In for OGS (without impacting your practice revenue): Start using Chip In for your payment processing and Chip In will donate 10% of its processing fees to OGS.
  • Recycle Contact Lenses and Related Materials: Recycle used contact lens products, blister packs, and other related packaging through Bausch + Lomb’s ONE by ONE and BioTrue® recycling programs in conjunction with TerraCycle. (NOTE: AVAILABLE FOR U.S. PRACTICES ONLY)
  • Display: Place an OGS donation box at your dispensing table and invite patients to donate after no-charge services.
  • Add a line: Create a donation line-item entry in the service menu of your EHR and invite patients to add a donation to their invoice.
  • Donate a Day: Donate the equivalent of one day of exams per month.
  • Make a Recurring Monthly Donation: One of the simplest ways to support us is to set up a recurring monthly donation to OGS. It’s easy on your pocketbook and greatly reduces our administrative costs.
  • Get the Conversation Going: In addition to participating in one or more of the options listed above, display a 16”x20” OGS Global Impact Map. It’s a great way to start the conversation with your patients about how you are making a difference in the world, and they can help too by donating!
  • Donate Rebates and Rewards: In addition to participating in one or more of the options listed above, inform patients who make a qualifying purchase of CooperVision of Bausch + Lomb contact lenses that they can participate in the companies’ rebate and rewards programs to donate all or a portion of their rebates and rewards to Optometry Giving Sight.

To see more details of each of the above activities, click a title or click here.

These TEAM OGS activities engage patients and show them that your commitment extends beyond your local community to the global community. Your participation helps Optometry Giving Sight meet the immediate need for exams and corrective measures for vision-impaired individuals of all ages. But, it does so much more as well.

As “Optometry’s CharityTM,” we are committed to addressing the severe shortage of optometry professionals in developing countries and integrating comprehensive vision care into the health care programs of countries in which we work.  All funds raised through the TEAM OGS initiative support scalable projects around the world in areas where there is little to no access to eye care.

Join and we’ll send you a TEAM OGS Welcome Kit with all the information and materials you need to get started.

Featured TEAM OGS Activity

PICK A PAIR:
Simple, hands-off, and doesn’t impact your revenue
  • Just add a dollar or two to your frames prices (easy to do globally in your system) or to select lines.
  • Count the glasses dispensed on a monthly or quarterly basis, multiply by $1 or $2, and donate the amount.
  • Add a sentence at the bottom of your sales receipts to let your patients know about your generosity such as: ‘For every pair of glasses dispensed, we make a donation to help provide eye exams and glasses to people in need around the world’.
  • OGS will provide you with promotional materials to share with your patients about your generous support.

Testimonial

Photo of Drs. Howard and Kim Dolman

Dolman Eyecare Center

Drs. Howard and Kim Dolman have been supporting Optometry Giving Sight OGS for 18 years. The bulk of their support comes from donating $2 per pair of glasses sold.

Dr. Dolman explains: “It’s really the easiest thing to do with minimal effort, and we can make a significant donation to impact eye care around the world. We simply add $2 to the cost of our frames; then we look at how many pairs of glasses are sold, multiply that number by $2, and make the donation. We encourage our colleagues to take this very simple step as well.”

Why join?

Does your practice currently have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in place? TEAM OGS can easily be integrated with any other community support initiatives in which you are currently participating.

But, joining TEAM OGS is also a simple way to establish a CSR program. Whether you start small by selecting one or two TEAM OGS activities to implement or choose many, your participation will be appreciated. You can add more over time.

Make it fun for staff and patients alike. We make it simple to implement and simple to manage, so that your focus remains on your patients.

How Does it Work?

Joining TEAM OGS is easy. Simply click here to join. We’ll send you a TEAM OGS Welcome Kit with all the information and materials you need to get started. Or, if you’d like more information before joining the team, contact us through our web form or email us. We will always be here to help.

Want to know more? Read details of how each activity works:

Pick a Pair (without impacting your practice revenue)

How it Works: It’s so simple and hands-off!

  • Just add a dollar or two to your eyeglass frames or select lines (you can easily do this globally through your system)
  • Count up the number dispensed on a monthly or quarterly basis and donate the amount.
  • Add a sentence at the bottom of your sales receipts to let your patients know about your generosity such as: ‘For every pair of glasses we dispense, we make a donation to Optometry Giving Sight to help provide eye exams and glasses to people in need around the world’.
  • OGS will provide small cards you can place in glasses cases to let your patients know about your generosity, as well as other marketing material.

After joining TEAM OGS, we will mail you a welcome kit containing the cards and other marketing materials. Click here to join.

Chip In

How it Works: Start using Chip In for your payment processing and Chip In will donate part of its profits to OGS. In essence it’s like making monthly donations to OGS without impacting your practice revenue.

  • For the past twelve years, Chip In.org has offered cost-saving credit card processing and donates to charitable organizations out of its portion of its processing fees. Chip In offers to “Meet or Beat” your existing processing program. This results in more profitability for your practice, usually with no need for new terminals or equipment. There is no cost to you. Just pick OGS as your chosen charity when signing up.
  • Click here for an overview.
  • For any questions or a no-cost comparison analysis of your current processor to Chip In, please click here, contact info@chip-in.org, or call Gregg Garfield at 818-981-6968, extension 3.

Recycle Contacts Lenses and Related Materials

In partnership with Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle, TEAM OGS offers you two ways to turn recycled contact lenses and related materials into donations to OGS.

Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program (U.S. Practices Only)

How it Works: Collect used contact lenses, blister packs and other packaging (from any contact lens manufacturer.) Print a free shipping label and send the recyclables to Bausch + Lomb partner, TerraCycle. OGS then receives donations from the recycling program. When you register for the program, all recyclables returned to TerraCycle are turned into donations to Optometry Giving Sight (OGS). There is no cost to join, only a benefit for the environment and the local and global community – wherever OGS is supporting a program to end preventable blindness.

  • Visit www.terracycle.com/bauschrecyclesinoffice to sign up for the recycling program. By signing up, the office can download free shipping labels to send used blister packs and solution bottles for recycling. In addition, the office will be listed as a drop off location for contact recycling – the office will be added to a locator map on www.terracycle.com/bauschrecycles which allows consumers to search their location to find an eye-care office that is collecting blister packs and solution bottles for recycling.
  • Provide an OGS thank you card to each patient who recycles.
  • Follow the directions on the website to send your recycling container to Terracycle and to request another recycling container.

Let us know you are participating by filling out our Join Us form and we will mail you a welcome kit containing the thank you cards and additional marketing materials.

Bausch + Lomb Biotrue® Eye Care Recycling Program (U.S. Practices Only)

How it Works: Collect all brands of contact lens cases, contact solution bottle caps, eye drop single dose vials, and Biotrue Hydration Boost Eye Drop bottles. Once your recycling box is full, print a label online and ship the items to TerraCycle. The points you earn can be redeemed for a donation to Optometry Giving Sight. There is no cost to join, only a benefit for the environment and the local and global community – wherever OGS is supporting a program to end preventable blindness.

  • Visit https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/biotrue and click on Sign Up and Join Waitlist
    to sign up for the recycling program.
  • Select Optometry Giving Sight as your charity of choice.
  • Place a donation box in your office.
  • Collect accepted materials until the box is full.
  • Sign in to your TerraCycle account to print a free return label.
  • Ship your recyclables free of charge.
  • Provide an OGS thank you card to each patient who recycles.

Let us know you are participating by filling out our Join Us form and we will mail you a welcome kit containing the thank you cards and additional marketing materials.

Display

How it Works: Place an OGS donation box at your dispensing or reception desk and ask patients to help you support OGS. If you provide free services such as eyeglass adjustments and repairs, ask patients to consider donating to OGS. Patients are often willing to donate to a worthy cause in lieu of paying for these valuable services.

  • Display the box at your dispensing desk, reception desk or wherever patients check out. An OGS donation box will be included in your welcome kit.
  • Collect donations from patients who are interested in supporting our work, or for whom you’ve provided free services.
  • Provide every donor with an OGS thank you card.
  • Submit the proceeds to OGS monthly or quarterly.

After joining TEAM OGS, we will mail you a welcome kit containing a donation box, thank you cards, and other marketing materials. Click here to join.

Add a Line

How it Works: Create a donation line-item in your system. Encourage patients to make a donation. Patients may be especially willing to give in exchange for free services you normally offer.

  • Create a line item for donations to OGS. You may also establish recommended donation amounts for free services you normally offer, such as eyeglass adjustments.
  • Promote the program to your patients at the point of sale/service. Explain that their donation supports OGS’s projects that provide vision care and eyeglasses to those in need.
  • Provide every donor with an OGS thank you card.
  • Submit the proceeds to OGS monthly or quarterly.

After joining TEAM OGS, we will mail you a welcome kit containing the thank you cards and other marketing materials. Click here to join.

Donate a Day

How it Works: Donate exam fees from one day per month to OGS.

  • Select one day each month to donate exam fees to OGS.
  • On that day, display the sign included in the welcome kit to alert your patients that proceeds from the day’s exams will be donated to OGS.
  • Give each patient that day an OGS thank-you card.
  • Submit the proceeds to OGS monthly or quarterly.

After joining TEAM OGS, we will mail you a welcome kit containing the thank you cards and other marketing materials. Click here to join.

Monthly Recurring Donations

How it Works: One of the simplest ways to support us is to set up a recurring monthly donation to OGS. It’s easy on your pocketbook and greatly reduces our administrative costs. Every donation counts!

Get the Conversation Going

How it Works: Display the OGS Impact Map in a public place in your office. The map (shown right) highlights the areas in the world in which OGS projects have given the gift of sight to people in need. It’s a great way to start a conversation about OGS and why you support our work.

  • In our ‘Join Us’ form, choose ‘Get the Conversation Going’ and we will send you a 16″x20″ unframed map for your office.
  • Hang the map in a public area of your office, preferably one in which staff and patients interact.
  • Ask your patients to download the QR code from the map to learn more about OGS and its work globally.

 

Donate Rebates and Rewards

Optometry Giving Sight benefits from contact lens rebate and rewards programs sponsored by CooperVision and Bausch + Lomb.

CooperVision Contact Lens Rebate Program

How it Works: CooperVision’s contact lens rebate program provides money back to patients who purchase a year’s supply of select lenses. During the rebate application process they have the option to donate all or a portion of their rebates to Optometry Giving Sight. We make it easy to inform patients of this option by providing you with stickers to be affixed to the contact lens packaging.

  • Encourage patients who buy qualifying CooperVision contact lenses to purchase a year’s supply so they can take advantage of the rebate program.
  • Place one of the provided information stickers on the contact lens packaging.
  • Ask patients to consider donating their rebates to OGS to provide eye care to people in need. (They do this when submitting their rebate form.)

After joining TEAM OGS, we will mail you a welcome kit containing the stickers and other marketing materials. Click here to join.

Bausch + Lomb’s Horizon Rewards Program

How it Works: Bausch + Lomb’s Horizon Rewards contact lens program provides points to patients who make a qualifying purchase of contact lenses. Patients can then designate that some or all of their points be donated to OGS. We make it easy to inform patients of this option by providing you with stickers to be affixed to the contact lens packaging.

  • Encourage patients who buy qualifying contact lenses to register online for the Bausch + Lomb Horizons Program
  • Place one of the provided information stickers on the packaging of the contact lens packaging.
  • Ask patients to consider donating their reward points to OGS to provide eye care to people in need. (They do this when submitting their rebate form.)

After joining TEAM OGS, we will mail you a welcome kit containing the stickers and other marketing materials. Click here to join.