Beyond Vision

2016 Nonprofit Excellence



Beyond Vision is proud to have been named as a finalist for the BizTimes 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards in Social Enterprise. This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that demonstrates creative application of the principles of social enterprise in the operation and funding of the organization.

Plaque reading 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards - Social Enterprise - Beyond Vision - November 3, 2016.

During the event, several finalists and media were trending on social media with #npawards. Photos from the event and commentary are on our Twitter account – @BeyondVision_WI, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Being considered in a category with the other finalists and winners is not only kudos to our team, it shows what great organizations we have making an impact in our community. Congratulations to all!


Stage with people holding awards and a man at a podium. Jim Kerlin is standing with an award on the stage, too.

You can read all about it at Spot Jim Kerlin in the group photo!

Working Together: Building A Better Future for Milwaukee. BizTimes Media recently hosted its third annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards program. The program honors reader-nominated corporate citizens and nonprofits for their ongoing commitment to making southeastern Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play. Social Enterprise - Finalist - Beyond Vision. According to the National Health Interview Survey, there is a 70 percent unemployment rate among blind or visually impaired individuals in the United States. Milwaukee based Beyond Vision fights daily to improve that rate by making up nearly 50 percent of its workforce with blind or visually impaired individuals. Adaptation and innovation has made that possible. Representative in customer care use screen readers, braille displays or screen magnifiers: in assembly and packaging, staff engineers have built entire systems that make processes safe and error-proof, including talking scales, efficient workstations and 3D printed adaptive pieces. The Beyond Vision machine shop does CNC milling, turning, sawing and even manual machining, and is almost entirely run by people who are blind. Previously a state run agency, Beyond Vision has more than 100 years of manufacturing history. And though it's a small organization, it brings big economic multipliers to Wisconsin. Beyond Vision has longstanding relationships with local customers such as Briggs & Stratton, Harley Davidson, Pentair, P&H, Morris Material Handling and Oshkosh Defense.