A £1 million project to build a new support centre is just one challenge which will occupy the mind of Paul Burgess, the newly-appointed Chairman of Birmingham Focus on Blindness.
The self-employed economic and market research specialist took on the unpaid post only weeks before the wraps came off the charity's latest project for a complex in the Erdington area.
Final details still have to be approved but Paul believes the plans show how important it is for a charity to build partnerships with the commercial sector.
"These are tough times for all charities," said Paul.
"There are a lot of demands on money and it is very competitive. It is important that we show people what we are achieving and how we can grow and develop."
If the project gets underway it will mean a second centre for the charity which has been operating for more than 150 years in the city.
At the existing centre in Woodville Road there is growing demand for its services. In 2004 help or advice was given on 27,992 occasions and the charity estimates that there are currently more than 30,000 children and adults in Birmingham that have some form of sight impairment.
"These are staggering facts and show just how large the challenge is for us all," said Paul.
Finding time can be one of the biggest challenges facing busy people but Paul said: "I believe taking on a role like this is important. I have always had a public service ethic and have worked in the public service sector.
"It is a bit of a clich> but I have always looked over my shoulder to see how I can make a contribution and to bring something from the commercial world to help others less fortunate."
Paul is also chairman of the Harborne Carnival organising committee and this new post will mean a commitment of at least another three days a month.
"It is not about time it is about how I can make a commitment.
"You have to remember I am the chairman, not the chief executive and will be able to support and use my skills to help the work that is already
Fundraising is a major part of the charity's day-to-day work and, if the new centre gets the go ahead, there will be additional pressure on the team.
Each year about £800,000 is raised, with additional contributions from a wide range of organisations.
These funds help to support the group's work which includes offering practical support like clubs and rehabilitation to a multiple disability services unit, dedicated to people who have other disabilities as well as sight impairment.
Paul admitted he does draw the line when it comes to getting involved with some fundraising challenges - the annual abseiling challenge raises about £40,000.
This year's is planned at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield on the weekend of March 19 and 20.
"Abseiling - I draw the line at that," said Paul.
"I don't do heights or water." What he does intend to do is use his contacts across the business communities to build up partnerships and show how they can be effective working with Birmingham Focus on Blindness.
To find out more about the board's work and fundraising, including how to take part in the abseil, contact the Birmingham Focus on Blindness on 0121 478 5242.