Donation FAQ

 Why is philanthropy so important to the Eye Institute?

Private philanthropy will always be important to the Eye Institute, because it provides the capital for our scientists to do preliminary studies.  Results from these studies are then leveraged to create larger proposals that are presented to national foundations and government agencies (NIH, DoD, NSF, etc.). The power of philanthropy truly increases the speed of progress of vision research at the Eye Institute.

 How might my gift be used?

One of the ways the AOIP has been able to grow to its current state is by having the ability to respond to scientific opportunities and to quickly overcome technical or logistical challenges. Funds donated to the AOIP are used in this regard to accelerate the pace of research and further invest in the overall infrastructure of the program.

  • Purchase new equipment or invest in supplies needed to build equipment, update existing equipment, or perform lab functions
  • Provide seed money for a scientist to investigate a new project
  • Fund a medical student’s summer research project
  • Provide funds to bring in outside imaging experts to give talks, consult on projects, or initiate collaborations
  • Give a student the opportunity to present a research project at a national meeting
  • Provide resources to help recruit and maintain staff who are instrumental to keeping the program running (i.e. biomedical photographer, engineering staff, ocular imaging fellow)
 Can I give a gift to benefit research on a specific eye condition?

Absolutely! While we appreciate unrestricted support of the imaging program, currently gifts can also be designated to fund research on macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, neurodegenerative diseases and retinopathy of prematurity.  Specific funds may also be established to benefit other eye conditions.

 What percentage of my gift actually goes towards research?

100% of the funds contributed to the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program will be used by the research team to advance research and support the overall mission and goals of the AOIP.

 What kinds of gifts can I make?
  • The Eye Institute accepts cash gifts (cash, check, or credit card) that may be paid directly or pledged over 5 years. Checks should be made to the Eye Institute and addressed to the Office of Development, 925 N 87th St, Milwaukee, WI 53226. Credit card gifts may be made through our secure online donation site.
  • Securities (e.g. stocks and bonds)
  • Estate bequests and planned gifts (e.g. charitable remainder and lead trusts, life insurance, charitable or deferred gift annuities, pooled income funds, retirement plans, IRAs)
  • Gifts of real estate or personal property
 I have more questions, who can I contact?

Diane Bishop, PhD, (our Director of Development) can be contacted by phone at (414) 955-7821 or by email. She will be happy to help you with any questions you might have about giving to the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program or the Eye Institute.

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Eye Institute
925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: 414-955-AOIP (2647)
Fax: 414-955-6690
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