Seva Foundation   
Turning Compassion into Action

 The name Seva (say-va) is a Sanskrit word meaning "selfless service."

Seva was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians, and compassionate individuals, all dedicated to the prevention of blindness around the globe. Most notably among them are public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy.

sight_photo.jpg A Solution in Sight There are an astonishing 39 million people who live in darkness around the globe. The extreme majority of people who are blind live in the developing world, 90% to be exact. Perhaps the most incredible statistic is that eight out of ten people who are blind could see again if they simply had access to an eye doctor(source: World Health Organization). Since 1978, Seva's Sight Program has helped nearly 3.5 million people to see again!  Read more >


Seva's work is made possible by the generosity of donors, foundations, volunteers and friends — all joined together in the spirit of service.

Seva Concerts and Events.  In some circles we are best known for our world-class benefit concerts. They began when the Grateful Dead performed a benefit concert to help get the organization off the ground. In the 35 years since, hundreds of all-star musicians have graced the stage and helped raise millions in support of Seva's global programs. Recent events have included Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and many many more!  Learn more about Seva's benefit concerts >

Seva is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity organization, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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