Optometry Cares® enjoys record growth in 2014

Optometry Cares® enjoys record growth in 2014

Thanks in large part to AOA member donors, volunteers and corporate donors, Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation enjoyed record growth in 2014.

As optometry's premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares expands eye health and vision care access to everyone in the United States through its programs. Several generous member contributions and significant donations over the past year helped Optometry Cares fulfill this mission in 2014. 

  • Luxottica gave an end-of-year contribution of $50,000 to Optometry Cares. In addition, they will continue to fund the Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) state association grants in 2015.

  • In fall 2014, ABB Optical Group pledged to match all donations made by December 31, up to $25,000. AOA members and other donors not only accepted that challenge, but exceeded it, and ABB Optical Group has matched the donations up to $25,000.

    "At ABB, we believe in giving back to those in need and supporting causes that have a proven impact," said ABB Optical Group CEO Angel Alvarez in an AOA press release.

    "We invite everyone in the optometry industry to join us in supporting Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation's mission of expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the United States."

  • Long-time supporter, The Allergan Foundation, generously donated $250,000 to Optometry Cares to increase awareness and promote education of the InfantSEE® program within the schools and colleges of optometry.

  • OptiCare and Centene Charitable Foundation made a 3-year commitment of $50,000 annually to maintain the InfantSEE program for optometry graduates and to promote the importance of infant and children's vision.

  • In honor of Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the Varilux® lens, Essilor has created an annual scholarship awarding $10,000 a year for the next 10 years to a third-year optometry student.

  • CareCredit's $25,000 grant will be used to make a difference in the vision health of children through the InfantSEE program.

  • The Optometry Cares Society, inaugurated in 2013 to recognize donors at a certain level, is growing at a steady pace.

  • Over the past three years, the number of donors to Optometry Cares has grown by more than 180 percent.

Get involved with Optometry Cares in 2015
Optometry Cares relies primarily on member contributions to support programs that make a difference in people's lives nationwide. Learn more about some of these foundation programs, including:

Help Optometry Cares begin 2015 just as strongly as it closed out 2014 and consider giving a tax-deductible donation to Optometry Cares, by clicking here.

January 22, 2015

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