About Us

Our History

In 1978, Patty Sullivan founded Vistas for Blind Children in the South Bay of Los Angeles.  Patty’s husband, Tom Sullivan, an author, composer and motivational speaker, was born premature and due to oxygen treatment while in an incubator has permanent blindness.  Patty founded the organization to improve the lives of blind children.

Vistas for Blind Children was renamed Vistas for Children with an expanded mission to include more than blind children in 2000.  The mission of Vistas for Children is to raise and distribute funds for special needs children and be a system of support for those children and their families.  It includes, but is not limited to, children who are multi-disabled, abused, homeless, terminally ill, foster children and children who suffer from pediatric illnesses, such as retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye).

Our Mission

We are a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff.   We raise money primarily by hosting annual fall and spring fundraising events, such as fashion shows, golf tournaments and galas. As a result of our hard work, we have granted over $7,500,000 to South Bay and Greater Los Angeles organizations that support children.

Each spring, nonprofits that share the values and principles of Vistas for Children are invited to submit a grant application. Each application goes through a four-tiered vetting process.  We carefully research and support sound and worthwhile children’s programs, institutions and community projects.

Vistas for Children has been awarded numerous prestigious awards including the 2017 Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Community Service Organization of the Year and the Hathaway-Sycamores Friend of Children Award in 2008

The hallmark of Vistas for Children has been its unconditional commitment to children.  Vistas for Children is there for children who are in need, especially those in need through no fault of their own. We love to put smiles on the faces of children. We believe all children should have access to a bright future.

A Vistas Retrospective

Over $7.6 Million Dollars Raised

We support these children primarily by hosting annual fall and spring fund-raising events. As a result of our hard work, we have appropriated over $7,600,000 to these very deserving charities.

We welcome you, our community friend, to be our philanthropic partner and support our fundraising efforts. Your support to our organization is crucial to the many families who depend upon Vistas for Children for their financial and emotional support. We thank you for joining our Vistas family and empowering us to put smiles on the faces of these beautiful children.

Improving the Lives of Children


Vistas Fund Raising Successes


Grant Recipient Organizations


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