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IFOND is an extremely lean, all volunteer 501(c)(3) tax status registered nonprofit. Our process minimizes costs and maximizes funding for researchers' direct, non administrative expenses. All donations are tax deductible in the United States of America. Our recent tax returns are here or also here. Our scientific board includes many of the prominent world leading published researchers in optic neuropathies. If this big bang for your buck model appeals to you, please donate. If you are a researcher in optic neuropathy, we welcome your funding application.

Recent donors

IFOND gratefully acknowledges the contributions of all our donors. If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event on IFOND's behalf contact IFOND . The great efforts of our recent donors need special mention:

In March 2023 we received $ 1,000 from Michael Moriarty.

In March 2023 we received $ 1,000 from the Carolan Family.

In January 2023 Donald Diehl posted a $ 5,000 fundraising target for IFOND on Facebook. The target has been exceeded, as we are well over $ 6,000 at this time. He pledged $500 himself this year.

In January 2023 we received $ 1,000 from the Larue R. Gibson Jr. Family Charitable Family Fund.

Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, a New York State based Family Charity Trust and previous generous donor, gave $1,000 in January 2022. Thank you again.

In January 2022 we received $ 1,000 from the Larue R. Gibson Jr. Family Charitable Family Fund.

In January 2022 Donald Diehl posted a $ 5,000 fundraising target for IFOND on Facebook. The target has already been exceeded. He has pledged $500 himself this year. Thanks again Donald!.

In January 2021 For his birthday Fred Diehl's brother, Donald, posted a request to Family and Friends for donations to IFOND that he would match up to $ 2,000. The goal was met and exceeded.

Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, gave $ 1,000.00 in January 2019.

Donald Diehl, a stalwart IFOND funds raiser, raised almost $ 2,000 to January 2018 on Facebook by asking friends to donate to IFOND for his birthday. Happy Birthday, Don!

In December 2017 IFOND were very grateful to accept a $1000 donation from Lions Club, Cornwall New York. They continue the traditional support of Lions Clubs International for sight programs around the world.

McCormick & Company, Inc have been generous regular donors:

In January 2019 IFOND received $3,602. Don Diehl's employment at McCormick and company and their Matching Gift Program and United Way of Maryland enabled this generous act.

In January 2018 McCormick again donated to IFOND $6,637.01. Effusive thanks have flowed in emails from our board members. As in the past, the money will be well spent on research in optic nerve disease.

In February 2017 IFOND received $ 6,792 from the matching gifts program. $ 3,396 was donated by 7 McCormick employees (including Donald Diehl) and McCormick Co. matched it with another $ 3,396. Our thanks to McCormick and Company for their generosity and to Donald for all his diligent work these many years helping raise funding for IFOND.

In March 2016 Donald Diehl was again presented with a Community Service Award by McCormick and Co. for his work on behalf of IFOND. As a result IFOND received a $5,000 donation from McCormick & Co.

On Jan 29, 2015 again McCormick & Co. matching gifts program provided IFOND with $7,345.95.

On Jan 28, 2014, through the efforts and generosity of Donald Diehl and several associates at McCormick & Co. of Sparks, Maryland, and McCormick and Co's Matching Gift program we received $6,932.

In 2013 we received $ 8,006. from the McCormick & Co. Matching Gifts Program.

In 2012 we received $ 5,000 with this letter:

McCormick & Company, Inc.
18 Loveton
Circle, Sparks, MD 21152-6000
Tel (410) 771-7301
Fax (410) 771-7462
April 24, 2012

Mr. Fred Diehl
International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease
P.O. Box 777
Cornwall, NY 12518
Dear Mr. Diehl:

It is with great pleasure that we present this check in the amount of $5,000 to the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND.) Donald Diehl was recently presented with an award as a Finalist in the McCormick Community Service Award Program. The Community Service Award is presented to employees who best exemplify McCormick's commitment to improving the communities in which we live and work through their volunteer efforts. We are very pleased to recognize his time and commitment to your organization and this important cause.

It is our hope that the McCormick Community Service Award Program, and the efforts of people like Donald, will continue to inspire other McCormick employees to give back and volunteer their time to helping others.
Melissa Milkewicz
Director, Global HR Operations & Employee Engagement
cc: Donald Diehl

In 2011 we received $ 3,300 from McCormick & Co., Hunt Valley, Maryland - Matching gifts program.

The Welcoming Club of Garden City
For their very generous donation in July 2010 the amount of $15,000.

The Knights of Pythias, Long Island Chapter.
For their kind donation of $1000.

Link to Papers IFOND helped sponsor

Here find links to published peer reviewed papers acknowledging IFOND's help. This research helped stimulate a cascade of broad research on mitochondrial and optic nerve disease.

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