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Giving at the John A. Moran Eye Center

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Thank You for Your Interest in Supporting the Moran Eye Center

Our goal at the John A. Moran Eye Center is to provide the best eye care available while finding better treatments and cures for blinding conditions, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, and cornea and external eye diseases. With more than 40 ophthalmologists, 13 optometrists, and 34 research faculty members, we have specialists in every field of vision care and research.

Forty years ago when he began his tenure at the University of Utah, Dr. Randall J Olson envisioned a world-class eye center that could provide hope, understanding, and treatment to the people of Utah. In the video below, learn more about the history of the Moran Eye Center and Dr. Olson's vision for the next 40 years.

Today, contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations allow us to remain on the cutting edge of research. Our generous donors also help us provide world-class care, both to our patients at home and worldwide through our outreach program

Faculty also train 12 residents, four interns, and up to 13 fellows a year in one of the nation’s most selective and highly-regarded academic programs.

We aim to make a lasting difference in patients' lives by becoming one of the premier ophthalmic research institutions in the world. This is only possible with the private financial support of friends and donors like you. Please consider contributing today.

In the News

Annual Reports

Read about Moran's research, patient care, outreach, and education initiatives in our annual reports.

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Night For Sight

Our bi-annual Night For Sight gala benefits local and international outreach programs.

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A tribute to John A. Moran Eye Center CEO Randall J Olson, MD, celebrating 40 years of leadership at the University of Utah.

Areas of Need

Alan S. Crandall Center for Glaucoma Innovation

Founded in 2021, the Alan S. Crandall Center for Glaucoma Innovation is named for the late Moran Eye Center glaucoma surgeon and legendary humanitarian. Directed by Iqbal "Ike" K. Ahmed, MD, FRCSC, the Crandall Center is leading the way to better diagnostics, safer and more effective therapies and surgical devices, a deeper understanding of glaucoma and its genetics, and expanded access to care.
Support the Crandall Center

Sharon Eccles Steele Center for Translational Medicine

In 2009, Dr. Olson and Gregory S. Hageman, PhD, launched the Center for Translational Medicine, later renamed the Sharon Eccles Steele Center for Translational Medicine (SCTM), to advance their most promising research into patient treatments. More recently, the SCTM is breaking new ground to turn genetic discoveries into new AMD treatment strategies.
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Inside the 16 labs and research centers at the Moran Eye Center are our best hopes for finding new ways to preserve and save sight. “Hope without a plan is like a car without gas,” says Randall J Olson, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and CEO of the Moran Eye Center, “and that gas is our research. Nothing else can replace it.”
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Global Outreach

Moran medical teams volunteer their time to provide care and surgery to those unable to pay or without access to care worldwide. Locally, this care extends from Salt Lake City to the Utah strip of the Navajo Nation. Moran’s outreach also works to train more eye doctors, nurses, and technicians in the places where they are most needed.
Support Outreach Care and Training

How to Support the Moran Eye Center

Our vision has always been that no one facing a blinding condition should be without hope, understanding, and treatment. Thank you for sharing our passion for this goal and for becoming a partner in our progress.

Your gifts are so deeply appreciated and make such an enormous difference. We pledge to keep you well informed of how they are being used. You may personalize your gift by designating a specific area of support: research; translational medicine; local and international outreach; or greatest need.

Learn more about our giving options below, and please consider supporting the extraordinary people at Moran who are giving care and hope to those in need.

Grateful Patient Program — We Make a Great Team

A direct way to make a difference to both research and patient care at Moran is to make a gift in honor of one of our remarkable physicians, researchers, nurses, or technicians. Your support will have a meaningful impact as we pursue discoveries and provide the highest quality patient care.

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More Ways To Give


An endowment is a permanent source of financial support to maintain nationally recognized excellence in Moran's research, education, and outreach missions. An endowed gift can be named and is an excellent way of honoring someone important to you. Endowed faculty positions are particularly powerful incentives for attracting and retaining exceptional physicians and scientists and, consequently, raising the visibility of the department and the university. Endowed gifts are invested by the university to generate annual income, and a portion of the income is used to fulfill the donor's wishes. The balance of interest and the appreciation remain in the fund so that the principle continues to grow and keep pace with inflation.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please visit Your Gift to the U, or you can contact your employer's Human Resources Department.

Memorial and Honor Gifts

Many opportunities exist to make gifts to the Moran Eye Center in memory of or to honor a loved one.

Securities and Property Gifts

Individuals who transfer stock or property can receive tax deductions and avoid capital gains. As always, consult your tax advisor before transferring stocks, bonds, or property.


A pledge can be paid over three to five years. This allows the donor to commit to a larger gift amount while enjoying the tax benefits of the actual amount given in a specific calendar year.

Leave a Legacy

For some of our donors, an outright gift is not the best option. Planned gifts can offer significant estate-tax and income benefits, while at the same time allowing donors to make larger gifts to the university than would be otherwise possible. This option enables you to leave a portion of your estate to the Moran Eye Center through your will, your trust, or your life insurance policy. For more information on planned gifts, visit Planned Giving.

Making a Gift

When transferring your funds, you may choose to make a single gift, spread your contributions over a period of time, or choose a deferred giving option. Consider the choices below or download and print our giving form.

Gifts Online—Can be made with a credit or debit card transaction by visiting U Give Now.

Cash or Check Gifts—Can be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Development Office
John A. Moran Eye Center
65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID# 87-6000525.

Please call Moran's Development Office at 801-585-9700 for more information about any of these opportunities or arrange a visit to learn more.

Our Donors

John A. Moran

As a boy, John A. Moran especially loved the Biblical story of the blind beggar his mother would read to him. It helped shape his belief and vision for the institution that bears his name.
Read About John A. Moran

Sam Skaggs

The six-story L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Research Pavilion at the Moran Eye Center unites more than 60 PhD vision researchers who were once scattered around the University of Utah campus.
Read About Sam Skaggs

Sharon Steele-McGee

Sharon Steele-McGee has seen firsthand how research improves patient care. As she watched friends adjust to life with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Sharon took action. 
Read About Sharon Steele-McGee

Jon & Karen Huntsman

Karen and Jon Huntsman envisioned a future they knew her father would have approved of--one that gives hope, understanding, and treatment to people losing their vision to AMD.
Read About Jon & Karen Huntsman

John & Marva Warnock

Adobe Systems Inc. founder John E. Warnock is no stranger to solving tough problems. Now he and his wife, Marva, are joining efforts to find solutions to an even larger challenge: blinding diseases.
Read About John & Marva Warnock

Elizabeth Armstrong Johnson

Our friend and benefactor Elizabeth Hope Johnson passed away March 5, 2014. In 2013, she made a wish come true with an extraordinary, heartfelt donation to Moran's outreach programs.
Read About Elizabeth Armstrong Johnson

Val & Edith Green

For Val and Edith Green, wealth, beyond the pocketbook, was always measured by a generosity of spirit. They were generous donors to the university, culminating in the Val A. and Edith D. Green Presidential Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.
Read About Val & Edith Green

Fred and Christine Fairclough

Christine and Fred Fairclough come from powerful traditions of service and community and have carried those commitments forward in their lives.
Read About Fred and Christine Fairclough

John & Toni Bloomberg

The adage "you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone" always had special meaning for John and Toni Bloomberg and is part of the reason for the couple's generosity to the Moran Eye Center.
Read About John & Toni Bloomberg

John Cumming

In appreciation of decades of ongoing care, the Cumming Foundation has created an endowed chair for Moran CEO Randall J Olson, MD.
Read About John Cumming