The Knights Templar Eye Foundation has given thousands the gift of sight over its illustrious fifty-year existence. Since its inception in 1956, the foundation has helped nearly 80,000 people in need of surgical treatments to prevent blindness and has spent $98 million. In addition, $9.2 million has been spent on research grants for the prevention of blindness.
The Foundation provides funds to those who face losing their sight due to the need for surgical treatment. They do this without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, or national origin. All that is required is that the recipients are U.S. citizens and they are unable to pay or receive assistance from current government agencies.
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation is sponsored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States. They are a 501 (c3) charity and as such, all contributions are tax deductible. The foundation is funded by an annual assessment for each Knight Templar, contributions made by Masons, fundraising activities, memorials, and will bequests. Scottish Rite Masons may also join the “33rd degree club” by donating $33 to the foundation.
Knights Templar are proud of their foundation and work tirelessly every year to meet the goals set by the board of trustees. Their efforts have paid dividends in not only helping people keep their sight, but also in making the Knights Templar worthy of its existence. The foundation also strives to keep operating costs down by employing a limited staff. This allows them to give more to those in need. With the efforts of the Knights and the minimalist approach employed by the board of trustees, the foundation will surely continue to be a model charity and will continue providing gifts of sight to thousands in need.