• Give the Gift of Sight

    For many people, sight is the sense they would most hate to lose. Our donors make it possible for the Academy to deliver best-in-class ophthalmic education and services to protect sight and empower lives. Join us by making a gift today. 

    The Foundation can help you meet your charitable-giving needs through your support of the Academy and its important mission.

    OUTRIGHT CASH GIFT

    A cash contribution is fully tax deductible as provided by law. You may make a gift by mailing a check to the Foundation or by visiting aao.org/foundation.

    NAMED ENDOWMENT FUND
    Leave a professional legacy or honor a beloved family member, colleague or special person in perpetuity by establishing a named endowment fund.

    PLEDGES

    Making a pledge commitment allows you to pay your donation over a specified period of time.

    MATCHING GIFTS

    Many employers will match or double their employees’ contributions. Contact your employer’s human resources department for information.

    SECURITIES

    Making a gift of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds) allows you to take a charitable income tax deduction based on its full fair market value and avoid the capital gains tax that you would have paid if you had sold the securities directly.

    REAL ESTATE

    Gifts of property provide a variety of donor benefits.

    LIFE INSURANCE

    A gift of life insurance can provide a substantial tax deduction. You can either name the Foundation as the irrevocable beneficiary of an existing policy or purchase a new policy on behalf of the Foundation.

    FINANCIAL AND/OR ESTATE PLANNING

    Consider supporting the Academy by making a bequest or other planned gift that best suits your philanthropic objectives. Planned gifts ensure that your giving intentions will continue beyond your lifetime.

    To learn more, visit aao.org/foundation or contact:

    • Tina McGovern, Executive Director, at +1 415.561.8508 or tmcgovern@aao.org 
    • Todd Lyckberg, Director of Development, at +1 415.447.0361 or tlyckberg@aao.org
    • Clair Lewis, Development Manager, at +1 415.447.0356 or clewis@aao.org
    • John Waldman, Executive Assistant, at +1 415.447.0386 or jwaldman@aao.org