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  • Over the past 40 years, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation has raised critical funds to help launch some of the most groundbreaking educational, quality-of-care and service programs in all of medicine. Whether it’s through innovative education, data mining or public service, every initiative enables us as ophthalmologists to provide better quality of care, and ultimately, better results for our patients. In this report, you will witness the positive impact of your donations and the transformational effect the Academy’s programs have had on the lives of the patients we serve. Through your gifts, you are protecting sight and empowering lives.


    Letter From the CEO

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    We are pleased to share with you our Foundation Annual Report and the importance and impact of your support. The American Academy of Ophthalmology delivers on its commitment to protecting sight and empowering lives for our patients through the support of education across the entire span of training and practice, quality of care and the research that informs it, professional development for our community and our leadership in public health and public policy. It is the Foundation that helps to sustain these programs and allows us to innovate and develop the initiatives that lead us into new and important areas of service.

                    Dr. Skuta

    Letter From the Chair

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    As physicians and ophthalmologists, we do what we do because, very simply, we want to make a difference in the lives of our patients, to impact the young physicians whom we train, to give back to our beloved profession, and to serve organizations that help accomplish all of this. I can think of no professional entities more impactful than the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Foundation that help the Academy fulfill its noble mission.


    Letter From the President

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    As the former chairman and CEO of Allergan and a member of many corporate boards, I have had the opportunity to work with many medical societies in the United States and around the world. I am sure that you are gratified to learn that my experience is that the Academy is the best managed organization with which I have had the privilege to work. The Academy has on many occasions been ahead of its time to initiate important focused projects to provide new educational opportunities, and improve ophthalmic patient care while investing in the underpinning research. Examples of pioneering work were the creation of the ONE Network, the largest and still growing repository of ophthalmic knowledge and educational materials in the world; and the IRIS Registry, the largest registry of medical cases globally that informs on ways to improve practice, techniques, and patient care. These initiatives and others build on our legacy of providing eyecare to those in need through our EyeCare America program.


    $5 Million Gift to Establish VR Training Program

    In August 2022, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF) gifted the Academy $5 million — the largest gift ever made to the Foundation — to establish the KTEF Pediatric Ophthalmology Virtual Reality (VR) Simulation Program. This first-of-its-kind educational initiative builds on the success of the web-based simulators for strabismus and retinoscopy that the KTEF supports on the ONE Network. The new program will offer free, cutting-edge simulation training to ophthalmologists worldwide through the use of widely available VR headsets and web browsers.


    Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring: Increasing Diversity to Improve Patient Care

    The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program aims to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping qualified students who are underrepresented in medicine become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Although underrepresented minorities account for 32% of the U.S. population, they comprise only 6% of practicing ophthalmologists. The program helps build an ophthalmology workforce that more accurately reflects the demographics of the patients we serve — protecting more patients’ sight and empowering lives across a broader spectrum of groups.


    With Your Support, the Parke Center Will Mark a New Era for Academy Meetings

    The Parke Center will be named for David W. Parke II, MD, the Academy’s CEO from 2009 to 2022, in honor of his leadership at the Academy and throughout his career, and for his deep commitment to ophthalmology. The multi-conference room facility will occupy a wing of the ground floor of Academy headquarters, adjacent to the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye.


    The Museum of the Eye Welcomes Thousands of Visitors

    The Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye had an exciting second year as a free, public access museum. As one of San Francisco’s newest cultural attractions, the museum was invited to participate in Free Museum Weekend last December. Along with 21 other local art museums and science centers, the museum hosted a two-day event that broke all previous attendance records.


    EyeCare America: Continuing a Legacy of Service in Our Local Communities

    EyeCare America helps preserve the sight of seniors and those at increased risk of glaucoma. The program's amazing ophthalmologist volunteers have helped over 2.2 million people. Last year, 4,813 patients were referred to EyeCare America volunteers for medical eye exams.


    Donor Spotlight

    Christie L. Morse, MD

    Sometimes, support for the Academy Foundation comes not only as financial donations, but as gifts of time. Christie L. Morse, MD, is an extraordinary leader, mentor and innovator in ophthalmology who has dedicated both to Academy programs.

    Dr. Morse dotes on her pediatric patients at the clinic she founded, the Concord Eye Center in New Hampshire. She passionately believes in pediatric ophthalmology, shaping patient care by sitting on numerous boards and committees, all to preserve sight and extend vision-saving treatments.


    Why I Give to the Foundation

    Kenya M. Williams, MD

    Both the Academy and Tamara Fountain, MD, have made a tremendous impact on me professionally. The Honor a Mentor campaign was the perfect way to pay tribute to Dr. Fountain while also contributing to the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program — a real win-win-win!


    Thank You, Donors

    The Academy Foundation is extremely grateful for the generous support we receive from our individual and corporate donors. We celebrate your devotion to championing our educational, quality-of-care and research programs globally. The fruits of your patronage are reflected in the appreciative patients our members serve every day.

    View the list of our donors (PDF)

    View the list of our corporate and institutional supporters (PDF)


    Financial Contributions & Statements

    Fiscal Year End 2023 (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023)

    • Foundation Contributions — FYE 2023
    • Statement of Financial Position
    • Statement of Activity and Changes in Net Assets
    View all (PDF)

    Give the Gift of Sight

    Eight out of 10 Americans fear losing their sight, and 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. Eighty cents of every dollar are dedicated to Academy programs. Join us by making a gift today.

    Donate Now

    The Foundation can help you meet your charitable-giving needs through your support of the Academy and its important mission. Contact Foundation staff to discuss outright cash gifts, pledges, matching gifts, donor-advised fund gifts, securities, real estate, life insurance or financial/estate planning.