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Causes: Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research, Health

Mission: Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERFi) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit dedicated to providing funding to institutions in the commonwealth of Massachusetts performing pure research related to the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases. We hold ourselves to a very high standard.100% of the funds donated to MLERFi MUST be used to fund eye research projects. All donations we receive are deposited into interest-bearing accounts. The day-to-day operations of managing the organization are run entirely on this earned interest. All of our board members are volunteers; we have NO paid staff. We work with the belief that we can make a difference: preserving and/or restoring vision for those affected by vision loss.

Results: MLERFi has helped to establish three major research centers in Boston: the Howe Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Laboratory at Boston University Medical Center, and the Lions Laboratory for Genetic Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute.

Target demographics: prevent vision loss, preserve sight, and in some cases restore vision

Geographic areas served: All across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Programs: Grants to medical and research facilities engaged in eye research

printing of literature to make general public aware of development and medical technology in the eye research field.

miscellaneous awards for achievement in the field of eye research or fundraising to benefit eye research.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the efforts of MLERF, I have been able to receive world-class eye care at one of the premier eye car institutes in Boston. Without their efforts, it is possible I could have gone many years before discovering my specific eye condition because it's fairly uncommon and while hereditary, I was adopted and was unable to track this condition back to family members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Northampton Lions Club I was well aware of the fundraising efforts of MLERF. Last year I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for this amazing organization. I can now experience first hand the honor and excitement of being involved with the fundraising efforts to provide the seed monies for research with the preservation and restoration of sight for people affected by vision loss. MLERF has over a 60 year history for raising funds donating over 32 million dollars to Boston area research institutes. One hundred percent of the monies raised are used for research grants. Go MLERF!!!!!
Lion Maryann Bankman

Jane121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without grants from the Mass Lions Eye Research Foundation ground breaking research toward ending preventable blindness would be curtailed. These grants provide the seed money necessary for researchers to prove their work.

2 Patti60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Massachusetts Lions Eye Research. This organizations provides research money to Eye Institutes for projects that will improve vision and prevent vision loss. Some of these research projects include studies on Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Premature Baby Blindness.

Debbie220

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund (MLERF) is the leading organization for funding emerging, cutting-edge vision research in New England. From their first grant of $5,000 over 60 years ago that solved the riddle as to why pre-mature infants were going blind in incubators, to today's drug-eluding contact lenses for Glaucoma, MLERF has been at the forefront of financial support that has changed the lives of tens of thousands of individuals across New England and across the globe.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MLERF has been instrumental in the Lions effort of eradicating preventable blindness. It is important to remember 100 percent of the monies received in a lion project is used working for and with the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Lion for 38 years and during the 38 years I have watched Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund do amazing things, break ground toward eliminating Blindness though ouy the world.

Advisor

Rating: 5

MLERF has provided over $32 million in research grants since its founding and is one of the very few funds or foundations that provides grants for PURE research. EVERY penny that is donated to MLERF goes to research. No donations are used for any expenses. All the work of the MLERF is done by Lions who are volunteer members of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world. The first grant made by MLERF of $5,000 led to the discovery of the cause of Retinopathy of Prematurity or "baby blindness."

Board Member

Rating: 5

100 per cent of donations go to research. Refers Lions and non-Lions to doctors in Boston. All Board of Directors receive no pay.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a more responsive group. Their willingness to help those in need 24/7 has changed so many lives!