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Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health

Mission: We preserve and restore sight, through transplantation, research, education, and partnership.

Results: Thanks to the genorosity of eye donors and their families, dedicated volunteers, charitable contributors and an amazing staff, more than 77,000 people have received a second chance for sight since the Michigan Eye-Bank was founded in 1957. In addition, our Gift of Hope Eye and Vision Research Program has awarded nearly $3 million in the form of grants and student stipends to help find treatments and cures for blinding eye conditions.

Target demographics: All age ranges

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 1,000 annually

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: The Gift of Sight Charitable Tissue Program The Gift of Hope Eye and Vision Research Program The Gift of Knowledge Education Program

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

In April of 2010 my husband was kidnapped and murdered by a complete stranger. My Tom was an organ donor, but because he was a victim of a violent crime, he had to be autopsied, meaning I could donate his eyes, but not his organs. I ran across the letter yesterday...the one thanking me and telling me that my Tom gave sight to two people. You have no idea how much comfort I have from this one gift.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an amazing place to work! The ability to restore sight is truly miraculous and I'm forever grateful to play a small part in that.

Tyler3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What great cause and a dedicated staff! I have been to several outreach events and have walked away amazed every time. Midwest has helped to restore the gift of sight to people all over the world.

1 Jane36

Donor

Rating: 5

Our son (61/2) donated his corneas. He loved to read! Comforting to know that perhaps someone is reading because of his belief in donation! Yes....he was a supporter. We had talked about it when he turned 6 and there was a program on about organ/tissue donation! He truly understood and could not figure out why anyone wouldn't donate!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked side-by-side with the Michigan Eye-Bank for almost a dozen years. They impress me with their level of commitment to the people they serve - the Eye-Bank doesn't just speak to community members, they are part of the community. In addition to helping restore vision, they work to prevent the need for their own services by encouraging health and safety in regards to people's eyes. Remarkable!

Jessica65

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel that donating to this non-profit was an excellent choice. I know that the Michigan Eye-Bank makes such a difference in the lives of so many people. This organization was able to provide the gift of sight to nearly 1,000 Michigan residents last year alone. But they don't stop there, they also provide tissue all across the United States and even Internationally, improving lives worldwide! What a wonderful cause to donate to!

Alex16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working for an organization like the Michigan Eye-Bank makes me feel like I make a difference - every single day.