In 2009, Bosma Enterprises established the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation to raise philanthropic support for its programs. A separate 501(c) (3), the foundation is a nonprofit, Type-I supporting organization that acts as a fundraising arm for Bosma Enterprises, whose mission is to create opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.

A significant portion of the foundation’s revenue supports vision rehabilitation training and employment placement services for people who are blind or visually impaired who are served by Bosma Enterprises. Since its inception, the foundation has taken over annual fundraising operations and has launched three special events netting more than $300,000 in revenue each year.

Its signature event, Dining in the Dark, is one of Indianapolis’ largest and most unusual philanthropic galas. Guests wear a sleep mask during dinner and the lights go dark for a brief but enlightening experience, and the foundation shares stories that inspire while guests learn more about its programs to help Hoosiers who are blind or visually impaired.

In 2011, Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation created the Senator Charles E. Bosma Legacy Fund, whose namesake, Charles E. Bosma, was a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. This growing endowment provides stability and support for Bosma Enterprises’ vision rehabilitation programs and employment services for Hoosiers who are blind or visually impaired. By 2020, the foundation had grown its combined assets including the Senator Charles E. Bosma Legacy Fund to $10.3M in total endowed funds.

Revised July 2021

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