About Us

What is Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERFi)?

Our mission is to fund grants for Massachusetts institutions performing research related to the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases.

MLERFi has helped to establish three major research centers in Boston: the Howe Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Laboratory at Boston University Medical Center, and the Lions Laboratory for Genetic Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute.

MLERFi awards nearly $1 million in grants annually, funded completely by donations to our giving campaigns. Since 1951 we have provided grants totaling over $32 million.

What Percentage of Donations are Used for Grants?

100% of all of donated funds are awarded in grants.

How can we do this? MLERFi has very strict fund-raising requirements. All funds donated to MLERFi must be used to fund eye research projects. All donations we receive are deposited into interest-bearing accounts. The day-to-day operations of managing the organization are run entirely on this earned interest.

All of our board members are volunteers; we have no paid staff. We work with the belief that we can make a difference.

MLERFi is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

Mass Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.
Dr. James Roth, Treasurer
43 Stewart Terrace
Belmont, MA 02478