CNIB Foundation Ontario East


This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The CNIB Foundation Ontario East is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people affected by blindness to live their dreams while tearing down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners in communities across Ontario East.


At a glance

Year founded: 1918

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario: Belleville, Cornwall, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough and surrounding areas.

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,653,109

Top funding sources: 

  • Individual: 61%
  • Foundations: 20%
  • Corporate: 15%
  • Other: 4%

Fundraising priorities: The CNIB Foundation Ontario East Community Hub is the key funding priority. Capital needs and renovations include: an accessible kitchen, guide dog bar, creativity corner, flexible workspace and Regional Centre of Excellence for Accessible Technology. Another funding priority is CNIB Guide Dogs, a new program to raise and train guide dogs exclusively for people with sight loss.

How you can help 


Donate a smartphone. Change the life of someone who is blind. Many people don’t realize the tremendous impact smartphones have on the lives of individuals who are blind. Smartphones allow someone with sight loss to read prescription labels and take medication safely, recognize the faces of loved ones, access emergency assistance from sighted volunteers, travel safely alone using GPS and do hundreds of other day-to-day tasks most of us take for granted. For some people, it’s hard enough to make ends meet. That’s why we need you. Visit to change a life.


Active at every level of our organization, volunteers are key agents in moving CNIB’s mission forward. From exciting community programs to national initiatives and leadership roles, there are so many ways to help change what it is to be blind. Volunteers can support the Phone It Forward program as one-on-one tech trainers, for which we will provide training. They can also promote the program to their networks.

Events and fundraising

While the calendar varies from year to year, CNIB Night Steps, a walk under the stars, and Dining in the Dark, a blindfolded dining experience, are popular events. Plus, we’ll be hosting a wide range of fundraising activities at the CNIB Foundation Ontario East Community Hub in Ottawa. 


We often have fundraising teams in Ottawa, soliciting monthly donors. The canvassers sporting CNIB vests are positioned at main intersections. Funds raised will support CNIB’s tech programs. Our programs give participants the tools they need to unleash the power of technology through hands-on training and one-on-one support.

CNIB’s Second Century of Change campaign is celebrating 100 years of helping community members with sight loss build the necessary skills to lead independent lives. The goal for this campaign is $100 million. 

To make a gift, contact: 

Eyre Purkin Bien CFRE
Senior Advisor, Philanthropy
CNIB Foundation Ontario East
613-217-8236 |


Board members and executives

Executive Director Duane Morgan (left), and Board Chair, WCPD Foundation Jeffrey Todd

Dave Brown
Accessible Media Inc.

Fran Cutler
Retired journalist

Dr. Louise Hale

Dr. Kirsten North

Mistalyn Seguin
Carleton University

Neville Ward
Retired public servant

Get in touch

Ottawa Community Hub, Lansdowne Park
104-425 Marché Way
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5H6

Twitter: @CNIB_Ontario
Facebook: CNIB Ontario