Our support is with surgeons, healthcare providers and everyone coping with the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis has severely affected Eversight as well. Sight-restoring transplants are now considered “elective surgeries,” which are suspended indefinitely.
About giving to Eversight
On March 18, the American Academy of Ophthalmology called on all ophthalmologists to cease providing any treatment other than urgent or emergent care immediately. This means that the thousands of patients who are in need of corneal transplants must endure this crisis with failing eyesight and blindness.
It has also created a severe financial impact on our organization. Recovering, preparing and providing corneal tissue for U.S. transplants accounts for 94% of our operating revenue. The restriction on corneal transplant surgeries means that we are operating on less than 5% of our expected revenue until pandemic measures are lifted.
We do not know how long this situation will last. We do know that when transplant surgeries resume, the need among surgeons and patients for our work will be significant. As the nation's second-largest nonprofit eye bank, we must be ready to deliver.
To reserve our financial resources, we have implemented a number of cost-saving measures including freezing hiring and spending. We are fully engaged in pursuing grants, loans and federal support. Our goal is to keep our 150 employees safe and employed, with benefits, while protecting our financial viability.
Please consider a gift to Eversight as your situation allows. Whether it's $5 or $50, you can help us maintain operations through this crisis, providing for emergency surgeries still being performed and preparing to meet the great demand once surgery restrictions are lifted.
There are multiple ways you can provide hope for our future:
- Make a gift as your situation allows. Whether it's $5 or $500, every gift means the world to us.
- Share our cause with your family and friends through a Facebook fundraiser.
- Become a Sustainer for Sight to commit monthly support at any level.
Please reach out to us at email@example.com or (800) 247-7250, ext. 2616. if you have questions about how you can help.
Thank you. Your generous support will help ensure we emerge from this extraordinary time, together.
P.S. You may be eligible for a tax deduction of up to $300, in addition to the standard deduction, under the new CARES Act. Please check with your tax advisor on how this applies to you. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Eversight relies on tax-deductible gifts to advance the work we are entrusted to do. We’re pleased to have earned a GuideStar 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency for communicating and demonstrating the progress we make.
We are glad to recognize honorary and memorial gifts in tribute to individuals you admire or remember. Simply include this information when you give using our secure online giving form.
Your company may be able to double your impact—be sure to provide your employer’s name. Employer matching programs can double or triple your donation, and some companies match gifts for spouses, retirees and board members as well.
You can also:
- Make a multi-year pledge.
- Donate appreciated stocks.
- Give through a donor-advised fund (DAF). Contact your financial institution or advisor to easily set this up.
- Make a planned gift. This can be a bequest, retirement assets or life insurance beneficiary designation, charitable gift annuity or remainder trust income, or other gift of interest to you.
- Make a tax and penalty-free contribution via a qualified distribution through your IRA, subject to IRS requirements.
Our greatest need for support through this COVID-19 crisis is support for our everyday operations. However, you can still direct giving to other areas of need through our 2020 Vision Campaign.
Our Philanthropy team can review details and options based on your interest. Contact us any time at email@example.com or (800) 247-7250, ext. 2616.