We Will, MVRF’s planned giving program, provides you with the opportunity to make a legacy gift and include MVRF in your estate planning. We can discuss various estate gift options to accomplish your personal charitable goals. As with any gift to MVRF, your planned gift goes directly to fund the groundbreaking research to cure AMD.

“Your eyes will always be closer to your soul than to any other part of your body except the heart.”

Sorin Cerin, Wisdom Collection: The Book of Wisdom


As an estate planning attorney, my clients have found planned giving to be personally rewarding. Lifetime gifts to non-profit organizations and charities allow the donor, during their lifetime, to see the impact of their kind heartedness.

Many times, planned giving is directed to a charity the donor was involved in or connected to during their life. Other times, the gift is directed to a non-profit research organization, like the Macula Vision Research Foundation (MVRF), with a focus on finding a cure to a disease that has personally impacted the donor or their family.

I have witnessed firsthand how a planned gift made to MVRF by one of my clients has allowed her and her family to feel an incredible sense of self-satisfaction resulting from a lifetime of hard work and personal sacrifice.

Also, like with most charitable giving, there may be significant tax advantages, both during life and through an estate, that provide additional benefits and reasons for the donor to make a planned gift.

I always advise my clients that you don’t have to be wealthy to make a planned gift. I encourage them to remember this simple, yet meaningful phrase — “If people who can make a difference, don’t make a difference, what difference will it make?

Travis L. Fliehman, Esq.
Detling, Harlan & Fliehman, Ltd.
Greenville, Ohio

Planned giving is an ideal opportunity to leave a legacy that will have a significant impact on the future of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and vision research. The eyes are the window to the soul and the way we see the world. Join with us as we work to change the world by finding a cure for AMD!

Have you considered naming the Macula Vision Research Foundation in your estate planning?
We encourage you to consult an attorney for estate planning purposes or an accounting professional for advice on what may work best for you in order to accomplish your personal financial and charitable goals. If you would like more information and to speak with us about the We Will program, please contact Dawn Prall George, executive director, at 1-866-462-2852 or