Recognizing the need for further research and professional development to eliminate children’s eye disease, Marianne Bernadotte of Sweden established The Sigvard & Marianne Bernadotte Research Foundation For Children’s Eyecare in Sweden in 1990. In order to expand the mission, The International Research Foundation For Children’s Eyecare, Inc. (the “Foundation”) was incorporated in New York in 1993 and is registered in the state of Florida. In honor of the Founder and her late husband, Prince Sigvard, the Board of Directors approved the change of name to The Bernadotte Foundation For Children’s Eyecare, Inc. More recently, fund raising has focused on small dinners with selected supporters.
Since its creation, the Foundation has hosted Vision of Light® fundraising events in New York, Washington, Chicago, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. Through these events and other collaborative efforts with universities, hospitals and medical professionals, the Foundation has awarded significant research grants of critical pediatric ophthalmology problems. Additionally the Board of the Bernadotte Foundation with its Medical Advisory and Awards Committee have established travel grants for ophthalmologists in mid income and developing Countries to attend pediatric ophthalmology or childhood blindness meetings. The third area of finantial support is the “Bernadotte Foundation for Children’s Eye Care Fellowships” which will support individuals with a desire for a 3-6 month fellowship in a special area of pediatric ophthalmology and srabismuss. institutions, post-doctoral researchers and more recently support of travel grants to selected practitioners and researchers to attend Symposia on ROP and Strabismus.