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Help Us Make a Miracle
Thank you for your interest in making a gift. There are many ways in which you can make a big difference in the lives of those who live with these daily struggles and make their future look brighter. You may designate your gift as unrestricted to support the work of our mission where it is needed most, educational programs, patient support, or research. Gifts to Aniridia Foundation International are 100% tax-deductible. 

We are listed with the IRS as USA Aniridia Network dba (doing business as) Aniridia Foundation International. If you need our tax ID number, please call or email us.
The AFI Endowment Fund
Every organization needs to think about how to continue helping people in the future. As most smaller nonprofits realize, funding opportunities have lessened yet each year more families come to us for support, wanting research and education. We have grown from 15 families in 2001 to over 600 families today which means our costs to provide education, support and assist with research have grown. With the help of unpaid volunteer staff and a small group of dedicated volunteers, we have made aniridia known throughout the world, the medical, scientific communities. We must seize this momentous once in a lifetime opportunity that we have accomplished to keep it going for the children and future generations. For this reason, we are in the process of starting an endowment fund to assure funding for future needs. We need your ongoing generous gifts to continue to work towards Making a Miracle. Of course any gift for our mission is appreciated, however, should you wish to donate for the endowment fund specifically, please indicate this with the donation. Donate to AFI
Ways To Give
Types of Giving
Make a Monetary Gift By Credit Card
Whether you are USA donor or international donor, this is an easy way to donate. Your donations can be set up to automatically be given monthly, quarterly or annually. Gifts by credit card are secure, fast and convenient. You can give online securely by clicking the DONATE TO AFI button above. Or you can donate by phone, by calling (901) 409.1600 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm).

Make a Monetary Gift By Check:
Please make your check payable to:
Aniridia Foundation International 

And mail to:
Aniridia Foundation International
PO Box 5705
Charlottesville, VA 22905

*Please remember to note your gift designation (in honor of or in memory of) if desired.

Honor or Memorialize Someone Special 
Make a gift in honor or in memory of a friend, loved one, mentor or special occasion.

Start a Tribute Account
Many friends, family and philanthropists watch those with aniridia syndrome go through many challenges and wonder how they can help. We have started tribute accounts for those with aniridia in which any donation notated in honor of them, their special occasion or in memory of them, will be put into that specific tribute account. Tributes will be shown in the newsletters, unless requested not to be shown and yearly totals will reflect how they are actively helping our mission.

Some ideas from the past: Memorial donations in lieu of flowers, in honor of events like birthdays, special anniversaries, graduations, and other special events. Tribute donations can also be done with a fundraising event you do for AFI.  

Double Your Gift with Corporate Matching
Does your company offer a matching gift program? Ask your employer about their policy and you may be able to double your gift to Aniridia Foundation International.  

United Way Program Donations
Pledging a donation through your workplace payroll deduction or United Way program is an easy way to donate generous amounts to Aniridia Foundation International a little at a time. If we are not listed in your choices, you can do a “write in”. Get us on your company’s or United Way’s list of charities and help us spread the word! For write in designations use: USA Aniridia Network dba Aniridia Foundation Int’l.

Help Raise Money - Host an Event or Fundraiser
Throw a party in support of Aniridia Foundation International. We are grateful to friends who take it upon themselves to be creative and come up with new ways to raise funds to support our mission. Please notify our office if you plan to host an event. We can provide information brochures, giveaway items, supporters in your area, and more.

Start Your Own Campaign 

If you are passionate about supporting research, helping those born with aniridia syndrome or any of the conditions which define this syndrome such as: glaucoma, low vision, blindness or diabetes, you can start your own fundraising page at You can share you story and inspire your friends and family to give to help Aniridia Foundation International help educate, advance research and provide care for those affected. Razoo charges administrative fees before donation is sent to us.
Raise funds for AFI through simple everyday activities!

Watch this youtube video to learn more about how works.

Use these instructions and easy templates for easy access to on your computer, and to spread the word to family and friends about how they can also support AFI. 

Or download this fillable pdf letter template to send family and friends via mail or email to share with them in detail how they can support people with aniridia syndrome.
Go to and enter Aniridia Foundation International as your charity. Each time you use GoodSearch engine to search the internet, AFI receives a donation. If 1500 individuals (you, friends, family, your company) only did an average of 3 searches per day for one year, Aniridia Foundation International supporters would raise $16,425 per year for our aniridia mission - without anyone spending a dime. Remember to make your homepage for your browser, so every time you search online, you’re automatically adding to your donation.
Imagine doing things you normally do like shop online, send flowers, make hotel, airline or car rental reservations and up to 7% of your purchase be donated back to AFI? For every purchase through, participating companies will donate a percentage back to AFI on your behalf. There are over 2800+ well-known businesses that route you to their own website (with no increased prices). Plus, you have access to over 100,000 coupons when you register. It’s easy, handy, and they make the donation! 

Sell or buy from Ebay and 
Donate via Giving Works to AFI
Do you like to sell on eBay? You can post your items, eliminate listing fees and select a percentage of the final sale to go to AFI. Go to  to learn how. Choose Aniridia Foundation International from the charities list and post your item! We will promote your items in real time via our Facebook site to bring attention and more bidders to your items.

Like to buy on eBay? Watch for items announced on our Facebook page and bid on them! 

Order a Medical ID or Jewelry 
American Medical ID donates 20% back to Aniridia Foundation International. Find details at our 

Medical ID’s can be a simple necklace or bracelet or even designed now as beautiful jewelry and watches. A medical ID will give medical personnel the fastest history background of a patient so they may treat them correctly and timely when emergency care is needed. This is imperative for people with aniridia as there are many reasons for dilated pupils - not knowing the person has aniridia may lead to incorrect conclusions. You can list health conditions like aniridia, plus many others, with details about allergies and special treatments needed, and also include contact information. 
Planned Giving

Stocks and Securities
Stock transfers to Aniridia Foundation International can be made quickly and easily and may offer you substantial tax savings. Contact us if you would like to make this type of donation and we can have our financial advisor help you with this.

Make a Gift Through Your Estate
Learn more about supporting Aniridia Foundation International through an estate. 

Remembering Aniridia Foundation International as a beneficiary in your Will or Trust of cash or property.

​Beneficiary Designations
Naming Aniridia Foundation International as a primary or secondary beneficiary of an insurance policy or retirement plan.

Charitable Gift Annuities
Creating an account that provides you with income for as long as you need it. After that, the principal benefits Aniridia Foundation International as you dictate.

​Charitable Remainder Trusts
In the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very important support.

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