Want to see a prime example of a company being a good global citizen? Look no further than Calgary-based Annapolis Capital. Not only does the investment management firm donate locally, it’s also a generous supporter of Operation Eyesight, an international development organization that works to prevent blindness in Africa and India.
“Giving is integrated into our corporate culture,” says Annapolis’ Managing Partner and CEO, Peter Williams. “We want to make a difference in the world.”
For the past few years, Annapolis has been purchasing symbolic gifts of eye surgeries from Operation Eyesight for its investee companies.
Not only do Annapolis’ clients receive notifications from Operation Eyesight telling them holiday gifts have been made in their names, people in Africa and India benefit from this generous gesture. Peter says he has seen these letters posted on recipient company bulletin boards so that all staff can share in the spirit of giving.
“We want to set an example to our investor companies and show leadership in giving. This raises other giving possibilities,” he says. “We have a huge amount of confidence that others will see donating as the right thing to do.”
Peter learned about Operation Eyesight’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness while attending a philanthropic luncheon ten ago. He was inspired when he heard a husband and wife describe their longstanding relationship with the organization.
Annapolis Capital is well on its way to becoming a champion of corporate generosity. As Peter says, “Our view is to share the spirit of giving, and what better way to do that than by helping other human beings?”
Childhood blindness and visual impairment impact millions of people around the world, especially in low-income countries. Blindness impacts quality of life, economic opportunity and human dignity, but 80 percent of it can be prevented or cured. www.operationeyesight.com or contact us to learn how you can help.