Thank you for your interest in supporting the John A. Moran Eye Center. 

Our goal at the Moran Eye Center is to provide the best eye care available while finding better treatments and cures for blinding conditions. With 33 ophthalmologists, 10 optometrists, and 22 research faculty members, we have specialists in every field of vision care and research, including conditions like:

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 international outreach program, all while training the next generation of ophthalmic superstars.

We aim to be 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 making a contribution today.

For more information about the Moran Eye Center and how you can help, please contact us at 801-585-9700. 

Areas of Need


More than six million Americans are blind from diseases that we still can’t cure, and that number is projected to reach nine million by 2020. The Moran Eye Center supports sixteen full research labs, advancing the understanding and treatment of diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, Stargardt, optic neuritis, and retinopathy of prematurity. “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 John A. Moran Eye Center, “and that gas is our research. Nothing else can replace it.”

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Center for Translational Medicine

In 2010, Randall Olson, MD, and Gregory Hageman, PhD, launched the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) to advance their most promising research into patient treatments. Olson has spent years assembling top minds in ophthalmology and creating a uniquely creative and collaborative environment. In the past months, teams have made phenomenal breakthroughs in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.

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Local Outreach

Locally, Moran medical teams volunteer their time to provide care and surgery to those unable to pay, from homeless clinics in Salt Lake City to the Utah strip of the Navajo Nation.

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International Outreach

Eighty percent of blind individuals in the developing world could easily be cured by any modern ophthalmologist. But there just aren’t enough doctors to reach everyone who needs care.

The John A. Moran Eye Center’s international outreach work addresses this shortage in a sustainable way by training more eye doctors, nurses, and technicians in the places where they are most needed, and working with local partners to support them.

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Endowment gifts provide vital assistance as Moran strives to maintain nationally recognized excellence in its research, education, and outreach missions. Ongoing endowment earnings can be used for programmatic support including chairs, professorships, lectures, scholarships, research, academic programs, and local and international outreach missions. To learn more about endowments, please contact us at 801-585-9700.

Ways to Support the John A. 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
  • Greatest Need

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

When transferring your actual funds, you also have several options: 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 printable giving form.

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

Cash or Check Gifts—May 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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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 and click on the Matching Gifts Employer Search; then enter your employer's name, 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 or honor of a loved one, friend, or even as a special thank you to your favorite care provider.

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.

Pledges—A pledge can be paid out over a period of 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. Many endowments are funded this way.

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 health sciences center through your will, your trust, or your life insurance policy. Find more information on planned gifts, visit Planned Giving.

Endowed Gifts—An endowment is a permanent source of financial support for the university health sciences center. An endowed gift 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.

These gifts are invested by the university to generate annual income and a portion of the return 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.

Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID# 87-6000525.