A letter from our President
I know firsthand the shock of learning I may go blind from a disease I’d never heard of. I know the dismay of hearing that little can be done. Until I was diagnosed with macular degeneration soon after my 39th birthday, I knew nothing of this insidious disease that affects so many.
As I learned more about my diagnosis and what was being done to find a cure, I found that more research goes into diseases that cause death, than into diseases that are debilitating. It became clear to me that those of us affected by this disease must become the means to educate the public and support scientific research to prevent and cure macular degeneration. The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is the result, and through generous donations has become the vehicle and the voice for people with macular degeneration.
Please join us as we work toward a brighter tomorrow. So many people are affected by macular degeneration, 10 million in the US alone, that a contribution from each of us will make a real difference. The AMDF is creating a community to share information and to support those diagnosed and their caregivers, and to provide grants to those who see a cure, its cause, or ways to prevent or slow the progress of the disease and to maintain the vision we have through healthy living and helpful devices.
Please know that the AMDF does not allow for overhead and indirect expenses to be deducted from any research grant we award. With your support, we can ensure our vision of a brighter tomorrow.
Chip Goehring, President Board of Trustees, AMDF
Your Donation is Tax Deductible
The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, publicly supported organization described in sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Service code. All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Types of Donations
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Donate $25 or more…
When you donate $25.00 or more ($40 outside the U.S.) you’ll receive 4 issues of our newsletter, and our Hope & Cope DVD. You can choose to gift these items to someone else.
4 Issues of In the Spotlight, AMDF’s quarterly print newsletter, delivered to your door.
Hope and Cope: Living with Macular Degeneration – a short documentary featuring actors Dabney Coleman and Don Knotts, olympian Marla Runyan, film critic Charles Champlin, and others.
One-Time and Special Occasion Giving
Every amount helps. With over a million people suffering from AMDF in the U.S, alone, imagine if each one of them gave just a little to advance research into this disease! Donate as much as you can, as often as you’d like.
Gifts may be designated to recognize those who have made a difference in your life, or can be designated for any occasion – such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day – or as a means to express appreciation or love. When such a gift is received, the American Macular Degeneration Foundation will send a special letter of notification to the person or family indicated by the donor. The amount of donation is not disclosed. The donor will also receive an acknowledgement letter.
Honor your loved ones with memorial contributions to the AMDF. Gifts can be designated in memory of a friend or loved one. Such gifts will promote AMDF’s education and research goals. All memorial contributions will be acknowledge by the AMDF.
We can work with you and your financial advisor to assist in choosing the ways you may want to give. The button to the right will take you to our Planned Giving sub-site where you can explore and discover the many possible ways to include the American Macular Degeneration Foundation in your plans.
Other Ways to Give
Whether you would like to include AMDF in fundraising efforts, or ask your company to match your contributions, there are many other ways to AMDF and support Macular Degeneration education and research. Contact us with any questions you might have.