Giving opportunities

Gratis Tissue Program

When a local doctor calls the Eye Bank because his or her patient is in need of a cornea transplant but doesn’t have the resources to pay, the Eye Bank provides gratis (or donated) tissue to support their surgery. The Eye Bank believes ability to pay should never be a barrier to a person’s ability to see. Requests for gratis tissue continue to increase, and the Eye Bank needs financial support to provide quality tissue for those in need.

The Endowment Fund

A Gene Polgar Fellowship is the highest honor of the Endowment Fund. When an individual or group donates $1,000 or more, they are presented with a lapel pin, an inscribed crystal award that recognizes them as a PID Gene Polgar Fellow and an inscription on a plaque prominently displayed in the Eye Bank’s office entry foyer.

Fellows may extend their commitment to the Eye Bank by becoming a Progressive Fellow. The Endowment Fund also receives the proceeds from the sale of Lions Club Pins. If you know a pin trader or collector who would like to donate new or inactive pins, please refer them to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. The Eye Bank is represented at Lions Clubs International Trading Pin Club (LCITPC) events.

Life Membership

A non-transferrable life membership is granted to any individual who makes a contribution of $100 or more. Life members receive an embossed membership card and gold lapel pin.

Planned giving

After providing for your loved ones, consider making a lasting difference by making a gift to Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley in your will. Simply name Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley as a beneficiary when writing your will or, if you already have a will, add a codicil amending it to include us.

For your convenience, we’ve provided language you may use in your estate plan:

“I give, devise and bequeath to Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization located at 401 North 3rd Street, Suite 305, Philadelphia, PA 19123, EIN 23-1513699, [insert here the sum or percentage] for its unrestricted general use and purposes.”

Consult your attorney, tax advisor or financial advisor before making a bequest.

The Giving Tree Fund

Create a tribute or memorial. Consider contributing to the Giving Tree Fund and have your donation recognized in a choice of inscriptions. The tree is adorned with leaves of bronze ($200 donation), silver ($300 donation) and gold ($500 donation) and beautiful, large faux stones ($1000 donation).

The Giving Tree is a permanent fixture prominently displayed in the Eye Bank’s foyer.