•     Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board

    News From the Chair

    Fall 2020

    AAO 2020 Virtual is just around the corner, from Friday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 15. The Academy Foundation will have a booth in the virtual Academy Resource Center. Stop by to chat with our staff about the virtual Orbital Gala and Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye™ fundraising campaign, and find your name on the honor roll of donors.

    Raise a Glass and Win at the Virtual Orbital Gala 2020

    This year, the Orbital Gala is free to all! Plan now to join us on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. PST. Exciting events are on the agenda, including an exciting auction, entertaining cameos from Academy leaders, fun prizes and a special toast. Starting November 1st, preview conversations with legends such as ophthalmologist Claes Dohlman, MD, PhD; surgeon, writer and public health leader Dr. Atul Gawande; and Indra Nooyi, former chair of PepsiCo Inc. and one of the world’s 100 most powerful women. Other items include a four-night stay and guided fly-fishing escape at Teton Valley Lodge, a Nextech IntelleChartPRO one-year EMR Subscription, jewelry, art and more. Auction proceeds benefit the Academy’s Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye, set to open in 2021. Learn more or register for the gala now.

    Bid on a relaxing seven-day stay at the sprawling
    and lush Mayan Palace, on a beach in sunny Mexico.

    $1 Million Remaining to Complete the New Museum

    As you know, two generous gifts from Academy members Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, and Michael F. Marmor, MD, kickstarted our campaign to raise $12 million for a new, brick and mortar museum at Academy headquarters. To date, we are so close—just $1 million away from opening to the public, free of charge.  

    Museum exhibit technicians have been squaring away
    graphics, timeline panels and interactives — all to
    explain the phenomenon behind how the eye functions..

    If you are not attending the Orbital Gala and haven’t contributed already, consider doing so now so we can wrap this up and launch in 2021. We offer a variety of opportunities and ways to give. Visit aao.org/museumcampaign. Questions? Contact Foundation Executive Director Tina McGovern at tmcgovern@aao.org.

    Learn About the CARES Act

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands giving incentives and allows taxpayers who take the standard deduction to make up to a $300 gift to the foundation. It also increases the charitable deduction limit for cash contributions. For those of you who itemize, you can elect to deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income (up from 60% previously) this year. Watch this brief CARES Act video to learn the highlights

    Remember the Foundation on Giving Tuesday and at Year-End

    What Academy programs have you most enjoyed? To whom in your life would you like to pay tribute? Kick off year-end giving on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1 with a gift to the foundation. Consider supporting Academy programs such as the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network, the IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight), EyeCare America®, global outreach and the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye. Your tax-deductible gift can be made in honor or memory of someone special.

    Help Future Ophthalmologists Succeed: Join the 1896 Legacy Society

    Whether you are currently practicing or enjoying retirement, this is the right time to consider your legacy and explore meaningful ways to give back to your profession. One way to do this is through the 1896 Legacy Society. Named for the Academy’s founding year, the 1896 Legacy Society comprises donors who have included the Academy Foundation in their estate plans. Through your legacy, future generations of ophthalmologists will be better positioned to succeed and create lasting legacies of their own. Plus, you and your loved ones may reap significant tax benefits.

    We can’t wait to “see” you soon at the virtual Orbital Gala! And as always, we wish you all the best as you keep your patients, yourselves, your loved ones and our communities safe. Please feel free to reach out to me any time at gskuta@aao.org.



    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Tina McGovern, Executive Director, at tmcgovern@aao.org or +1 415.561.8508.