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

    News From the Chair

    Winter 2020

    With 2020 in the rearview mirror, I’m optimistic for a smoother ride in 2021. I have high hopes for the COVID-19 vaccines and a steady recovery for the U.S. and the entire world. Most of all, I look forward to seeing all of you this year at AAO 2021 in New Orleans, Friday – Monday, Nov. 12 – 15.

    Goal Achieved: Orbital Gala 2020 Attendees and ASOPRS Bring the Museum Fundraising Campaign to a Close

    Three years ago, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation pledged to raise $12 million to build a physical museum at Academy headquarters in San Francisco. At the virtual Orbital Gala 2020 in November, we came within reach of the campaign finish line, thanks to our members’ generosity. I’m sure those of you who attended would agree that it was just as fun and high energy as our face-to-face events. Thanks to a generous commitment from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), I am delighted to report that we have surpassed the $12 million mark! If you didn’t have a chance to participate, consider making a donation to the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye© now. Even with the campaign officially over, we still need your support as we add exhibitions and programs.

    The Foundation is grateful to the hundreds of donors
    who brought the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye to life.

    View our thank-you message and video.

    A Trio of Events Helped Support Our Mission

    Three recent events — Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1), Year-End Giving (December) and Valentine’s Day — offered opportunities for tax-smart contributions and gifts in memory or honor of loved ones. Altogether, over $50,000 was raised in support of the Academy’s educational, quality of care and service programs. We thank our donors for backing our mission to educate ophthalmologists and empower patients’ lives worldwide. Your generosity ensures that the programs vital to these efforts continue to thrive.

    Use Your Donor Advised Funds to Support Ophthalmic Education

    It’s always a great time to support Academy programs. If you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), it’s an efficient way to make an immediate contribution to the success of Academy programs such as the ONE Network or Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring. Learn more about the benefits of DAFs and other ways to give.

    Watch for the Honor My Mentor Campaign, Coming Soon

    Who has made a positive impact on your life? A mentor? A family member or friend? A colleague? This summer, you’ll have the opportunity to honor your mentor or other special people with a tribute gift to the Foundation. Tell us what this person has meant to you and your story will be published on our website. Your gift will also be featured in the Foundation’s 2022 annual report.

    In the coming months, we’ll have details about this year’s Orbital Gala and other Foundation activities at AAO 2021. As always, we wish you all the best as you keep your patients, your loved ones, yourselves 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.