Q. What is the Wills Eye Hospital 20 Days of Giving?

20 Days of Giving is Wills Eye Hospital’s 2nd annual 20-day giving campaign, providing essential funding to support Wills Eye Hospital.

For 20 days leading up to World Sight Day on October 14, you can make a special contribution to the Fund for Vision and become part of a global effort to improve quality of life for people with preventable and treatable eye conditions.

The inaugural 20 Days of Giving was a celebration of 2020 as the Year of Vision. 

Q. When is Wills Eye Hospital’s 20 Days of Giving?

The Wills Eye Hospital 20 Days of Giving begins 12:00am September 25, 2021 and ends 11:59pm October 14, 2021—World Sight Day!

Q. Who is Wills Eye Foundation?

Wills Eye Foundation is the sole fundraising arm of Wills Eye Hospital and is recognized as a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status – EIN 59-3794523. As such, all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Q. Is Wills Eye Hospital part of Jefferson Health?

No, Wills Eye is an independent specialty hospital founded by a gift from Quaker merchant James Wills to the City of Philadelphia in 1832 to build a hospital for the indigent blind—the nation’s first eye specialty hospital. 

While independent, Wills Eye serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for Jefferson Health and our residency program is the “Wills Eye Residency Program at Jefferson.”

The Wills Eye Emergency Department located at Jefferson Health is one of the only three emergency rooms in the country dedicated to emergency eye care.

Q. Who can participate in Wills Eye Hospital’s 20 Days of Giving?

Individuals, organizations, businesses, individuals…anyone! 

Members of our community are encouraged to participate by:

Making a gift to Wills Eye between September 25 and World Sight Day on October 14

Sharing messages about 20 Days of Giving via email and social media, and

Pledging to get a sight test or care for your eyes as part of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’s World Sight Day 1 million goal.

Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

Contributions may be made via credit card or debit card, google pay, apple pay, or ACH checking account only through the website during the Wills Eye Hospital 20 Days of Giving and are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.

If you wish to make a donation specifically for Wills Eye Hospital’s 20 Days of Giving via check, please contact the Wills Eye Foundation at giving@willseye.org or call 215-928-3439

Q. Is my payment secure?

Absolutely – Our Wills Eye Hospital 20 Days of Giving is facilitated by GiveGab, a local company who has partnered with Stripe, a PCI Service Provider Level 1 (the most stringent level of certification possible) to process all gifts made through www.daysofgiving.willseye.org. Read through Stripe's security documentation online for more information about how your payment information is processed.

Q. Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. You will automatically receive an emailed receipt acknowledging your online gift, which is entirely tax deductible, which may serve as your receipt for tax purposes. Wills Eye Foundation is the sole fundraising arm of Wills Eye Hospital and is recognized as a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)3 status – EIN: 59-3794523.

Q. Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

Absolutely! If you would like to make a gift by phone between September 25 and October 14, please call (215) 928-3439. You may also mail a check to Wills Eye Foundation at 840 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.

Q. How much of my donation goes directly to Wills Eye Foundation? 

GiveGab retains a 3.5% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit card processing fees are an additional 2.5% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Donors also have the ability to make a gift using their ACH checking account. Donations of $100 or more are eligible for ACH transfer and will incur a $3 flat fee in addition to the 3.5% campaign management fee. You are given the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the Wills Eye Foundation. All donations are final and cannot be refunded. 

Q. What if I already made a gift to Wills Eye this year?

Thank you for being part of the Wills Eye donor family! Your commitment is appreciated by all of us at Wills Eye, and we encourage you to make an additional gift between September 25 and October 14. We also need your help to promote our 20 Days of Giving to others. 

Q. Can I help promote Wills Eye Hospital’s 20 Days of Giving?

Please do! We encourage you to share the images and messages that are located in the Champion Toolkit. Send an email to your colleagues, friends, and family, post on your Facebook page, tweet, blog, yell, put signs on your lawn. It's all encouraged!

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

As the recipient of your donation, Wills Eye Foundation will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities. Neither GiveGab nor Wills Eye will share your information.

Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.

Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://daysofgiving.willseye.org on your mobile device.

Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for 20 Days of Giving?

You cannot pre-schedule your 20 Days of Giving gift.

Q. What is state charitable solicitation registration?

Nonprofits are held to a high standard of government regulation and public scrutiny. And that is with good reason! Eligible 501(c) nonprofits are exempt from federal corporate taxes and have access to public funding. These benefits are not typically available to for-profit businesses, so laws are in place to protect the public and ensure nonprofits do not abuse their financial advantages. The IRS and states all have requirements for nonprofits.