Private gifts to research organizations like the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa are a bit like the People’s Choice Awards. They are a way for an individual, a family, or a private foundation to express their own opinion about what they think is important to study and who they think the best people are to study it. Private gifts are the life blood of most academic research centers. These gifts allow scientists to focus on important “big picture” things like treatments for inherited eye diseases – even when the disorders being studied are too rare to be considered a good investment by governmental funding agencies. Private gifts also allow new scientists to be recruited and state-of-the-art equipment to be bought at critical junctures in a complex project, which can take years off the time it takes to reach an ambitious goal like a successful new treatment. All gifts made to the Institute for Vision Research are continuously overseen by people who are active vision scientists and are spent in strict accordance with the donors’ wishes. Please consider making a sight-saving gift to one of our Institute funds, or contact us to discuss making an even more specific gift.
Donations to the Institute for Vision Research go directly to vision scientists and are spent in strict accordance with the donors' wishes. You can make a donation through the University of Iowa Foundation
Contact us if you would like to discuss other ways to help the Institute for Vision Research further our mission