Knights Templar Eye Foundation

As a Knight Templar, one has many opportunities to help others.  One way is through the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.   The Eye Foundation is committed to preserving sight and preventing blindness since its incorporation in 1956.   We have provided funding for direct patient care, research, and education throughout our history.   As health care has changed over the years we now look at our Mission,  “To improve vision through research, education, and supporting access to care” as not only following in the footsteps of our forefathers, but continuing our position as an influential member of the ophthalmic community for many years to come.

Concern For Others

The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, incorporated in 1956, is a charity sponsored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of the six elected officers of the Grand Encampment, all Past Grand Masters of the Grand Encampment, and six trustees-at-large elected from and by the membership for a term of nine years. It is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions made to the Foundation are deductible by donors.

The original mission of the Foundation was "to provide assistance to those who face loss of sight due to the need for surgical treatment without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex or national origin provided they are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources and to provide funds for research in curing diseases of the eye."

On December 31, 2010, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., by direction of the board, shifted the Foundation's focus and adopted a new mission statement "to improve vision through research, education, and supporting access to care." The Foundation now only participates in direct patient care through the Seniors Eye Care Program in partnership with EyeCare America and the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. With this change, the Foundation is benefitting untold millions in generations to come through grants that support research and education. Our research dollars have helped develop new, nonsurgical, treatments for strabismus (crossed eyes) and ophthalmologists have told us that our efforts in funding pediatric ophthalmology research have been the primary reason that there are fewer and fewer surgeries for strabismus. The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., annually announces its call for research grant applications. The Foundation invites eligible investigators to submit applications for pediatric ophthalmology research grants for the award period which normally runs from July 1 to June 30. From the applications received, the Scientific Advisory Committee recommends to the Trustees which requests should be funded.

Since its inception, the Foundation has expended over $140 million on research, patient care, and education. Research grants totaling in excess of $23 million have been awarded to researchers working in the fields of pediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic genetics.

For more information contact:
Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
Robert W. Bigley
1033 Long Prairie Road, Suite 5
Flower Mound TX 75022-4230
Phone Number - 214-888-0220
Fax Number - 214-888-0230
email Manager@KTEF.US
 

To visit the Knight Templar Eye Foundation website for more information:  http://www.knightstemplar.org/ktef/

                  

               

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