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ASCRS Foundation 2021 December Newsletter

The ASCRS Foundation thanks you for your unwavering support in 2021. Your commitment to the ASCRS Foundation has ensured life-changing impact for patients in the United States and overseas. We are proud to share the updates below on the work you help make possible. We hope you join in celebrating the highlights of 2021 on the ASCRS Foundation’s social media channels as we approach the end of the year. These moments are a glimpse of the life-changing impact you make possible year-round!


Maximize Your 2021 Gift to the Foundation - Charitable Giving Benefits under CARES Act Extended

The CARES Act expanded the deductibility of charitable contributions, and in 2021 new provisions were added making this year a favorable time to support the ASCRS Foundation.

Individual taxpayers who take the standard deduction may deduct charitable gifts up to $300 and married couples who file joint returns can deduct charitable gifts up to $600. Individual taxpayers who itemize their deductions may now deduct certain charitable contributions up to 100% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income. Prior to the CARES Act, taxpayers were limited to deducting 60% of the taxpayer’s adjusted income. Individual taxpayers can continue to carry forward any excess charitable contributions for five years, but the enhanced 100% deduction limitation is set to expire after 2021. In 2021, corporations may deduct charitable gifts up to 25% of the corporation’s taxable income (increased from 10%). For more information on ways to support the Foundation, click here or click here to donate today!

This information does not constitute legal or financial advice and restrictions apply. Consult your tax, legal or financial advisor and obtain professional counsel of an attorney to assist you in making a gift.


In 2021, the ASCRS Foundation’s Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award was granted to co-winners, Geoff Tabin, MD and Sanduk Ruit, MD, for their exceptional work treating preventable blindness in Nepal. The physical award has traveled around the globe to Nepal and was received by Dr. Sanduk Ruit last month (pictured here). To learn more about Drs. Tabin and Ruit’s incredible impact and watch video conversations, click here.

The ASCRS Foundation is proud to showcase the humanitarian work that has been accomplished by our honorees, and we look forward to announcing our 2022 honoree early next year. To learn more about the ASCRS Foundation Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award, click here.

The ASCRS Foundation is thrilled to extend thanks to everyone who continues to support our charitable work. This Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, Foundation supporters unlocked the Giving Tuesday Leadership Match, raising more than $79,112 to change lives! Click here to see a complete list of generous donors who contributed to this campaign.

The funds raised come at a critical time. The ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight program has seen record applications and we are working to place all eligible patients with volunteers across the country. We are excited to share the news of your support with those on our waiting list and look forward to helping them return to productive and rewarding lives.

Watch our latest inspirational video here to see what your support makes possible.

The ASCRS Foundation is pleased to highlight some of the accomplished ophthalmic humanitarians nominated for the Foundation's Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award. The Foundation's 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantees have interviewed these outstanding leaders. This video features 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantee, Milad Modabber, MD, and Soroosh Behshad, MD, with discussion of Dr. Behshad’s career in global ophthalmology. Click here to watch the conversation!

ASCRS was founded by young, enterprising ophthalmologists and the ASCRS Foundation's Resident Excellence Awards carry on and honor that tradition. The ASCRS Foundation makes ten awards each year to enable ophthalmology residents exhibiting exemplary performance in research, patient care, leadership, and education to attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting. Awardees receive a $1,000 travel grant, four nights’ accommodation, and complimentary 2022 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting registration.

The Resident Excellence Award nomination period is open through January 6, 2022. Click here to learn more or to nominate a deserving resident or current fellow for this opportunity!

The ASCRS Foundation Operation Sight grant program supports organizations and practices with charitable cataract programs to expand access to free cataract care to eligible patients in local communities within the United States. To date, Operation Sight has delivered nearly 7,000 charitable surgeries through our nationwide network of volunteers. We are pleased to announce the 2022 Operation Sight Grant Application is now open. The grant is intended to support local organizations that expand access to free cataract care to underserved patient populations, who meet or exceed the Operation Sight patient criteria. Click here to learn more or apply for the 2022 Operation Sight Grant Program. For questions about your organization’s eligibility or more information, contact Jaya Minhas, at

Thank you for all the ways in which you support the ASCRS Foundation. Your generosity fuels our mission to change lives. We look forward to continuing to change lives together with you in 2022!

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