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All donations to the COA are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Thanks to a grant from Essilor, the IRS reclassified the COA into the 501(c)3 classification near the beginning of 2002.

The COA has a budget of about $40,000/year, excluding the cost of donated office space. The major budget items are:
  • The part-time Director of Accreditation, who insures that the process of accreditation, reaffirmation of accreditation, and reporting takes place;
  • Two weekend Commission meetings per year during which all of the Commission's formal decision-making occurs, along with the final decisions on programmatic accreditation;
  • Accounting and compliance with requirements of the Internal Revenue Service for registered 501(c)(3) charities;
  • Special projects and needs as they arise.

About 2/3 of the total cost of the Commission is born by the accredited programs, who are currently paying $1,432.25/year. In order for the current programs to bear the total cost of the Commission, the annual fee would have to be about $2,000/year. Since this is more than the total non-salary operating cost of many of the programs, without the support of the individuals, professional organizations, and companies listed below, the COA would be unable to continue to carry out its mission.

The costs of the on-site visits, where a team of two or three volunteers spend two to three days visiting a program for the purpose of fact finding, peer review, and validation of the accrediting decision, is always born completely by the individual school/program.

The Commissioners thank the individuals, companies, and organizations listed below for their support of formal Opticianry education.



Donors in 2015 - 2016


Individuals

Societies and Organizations





Donors in 2014 - 2015


Individuals

Societies and Organizations





Donors in 2013 - 2014

Corporations


Individuals

Societies and Organizations








All donations to the COA are tax deductible as charitable contributions.
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For questions regarding COA or its accredited programs, please contact:
Debra White, Director of Accreditation
PO Box 592
Canton NY, 13617
e-mail: director@COAccreditation.com
voice: 703 468 0566