School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology


Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with debilitating diseases of the eye. The LSU Eye Center of Excellence recognizes that our success in the fight against eye disease is facilitated by the generous gifts of countless friends and benefactors.

Gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations have helped build new facilities, continue ground-breaking research and discover amazing new advances. The LSU Eye Center is deeply grateful to all who provide the philanthropy, in any amount, essential to the effort to prevent blindness and restore vision.

Gifts to the LSU Eye Center can be made in many ways, for a variety of purposes:

  • Contributions may be made for general support, or restricted to a specific area within the LSU Eye Center.
  • Some individuals help create endowments, which last in perpetuity and may be named in honor of the donor(s).
  • Others provide immediate support for individual researchers, facilities, training, research or new equipment.

Support may be made through an outright gift, a pledge payable over a period of years, a life-income gift, such as a charitable remainder trust or annuity, or a bequest. Gifts may be made in the form of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, or personal property.

As a partner in the LSU Eye Center's mission of patient care, your gift is a way of sharing your good fortune with others. The information in this section gives you a sense of the range of philanthropic opportunities at the LSU Eye Center. All donations, regardless of the amount can help the fight against eye disease. To learn more about ways to give, click here to visit the LSU Health Foundation information page.

Call us at (504) 568-3156 or contact Kelli Gerkin via email at if you require more specific guidance. We would be pleased to help you in your philanthropic goals.


Make a donation online through the LSU Health Foundation, be sure to designate ophthalmology.