Frequently Asked Questions
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Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust is a non-profit tax-exempt organization (Tax ID # 52-1611548), established in 1988 in the US with the sole objective of providing financial assistance to Sankara Nethralaya, a non-profit, non-commercial, eye care institution founded in 1978, in Chennai, India.
Sankara Nethralaya examines around 2,400 patients and performs around 200 surgeries every day. About 50 % of the patients in the out-patient department are screened and 34 % of the surgeries are done free of cost to the underprivileged at the main hospital in Chennai. The criteria for free services require the patient's monthly income to not exceed Rs. 12,000 (Approximately 162 USD). The fee levied by Sankara Nethralaya, is set only to meet the cost of treatment of non-paying patients and the free services rendered to the poor, by way of outpatient consultations, cost free eye screening camps and free treatment including surgery wherever necessary. Donations, therefore, are necessary to provide the same high quality eye care without disparity to the poor and needy.
The three major thrust areas of Sankara Nethralaya are:
Providing a single standard quality eye care to the rich and the poor alike.
- Continue training and education to medical and paramedical staff at the UG, PG and Doctoral levels.
- Conduct research, basic (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Genetics) and clinical on various complicated Ophthalmic diseases
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For detailed information on donation schemes, you may contact Shri. S.V. Acharya, President Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust at (855) 4NETHRA - Toll Free or e-mail him at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. All donations made in the United States in US dollars are tax deductible under the US Internal Revenue Service regulations. The acknowledgement sent by Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust is sufficient to claim tax deductions for the donation made by you.
While Sankara Nethralaya will be pleased to accept your donations in Indian Rupees and utilize for purposes as designated by you, these donations are not tax deductible under the US Internal Revenue Service regulations.
Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust is managed by a Board of 34 trustees. They are based in the United States and in India. Service rendered by the Trustees is voluntary service and they do not receive any compensation for dedicating their time and rendering their services for this noble cause
Yes. Some of the leading employers in the US support SN OM Trust’s employer gift matching program. Please forward your check with the related matching program papers to our President Emeritus at: Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust Inc., 9710 Traville Gateway Drive No.392, Rockville, MD 20850. He will forward the forms duly completed to the Gift Matching Office of your employer.
Yes, please furnish your employer with the following details of Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust also designating your donations.
Recipient organization: Ophthalmic Mission Trust, Inc.
Tax ID No.: 52-1611548
Organizaton status: 501 (c) (3)
Organization address: 9710 Traville Gateway Drive No.392,
Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Mr. S. V. Acharya, President Emeritus,
Tel No : (855) 4NETHRA - Toll Free
E-mail id : email@example.com
They will work with United Way Campaign and arrange to remit the proceeds to us.
Many of Sankara Nethralaya’s well-wishers have expressed their desire for their parents, parents-in-law, elderly relatives living in Chennai and other places in India to get Annual Master Eye Check Up done at Sankara Nethralaya. Some of them have even expressed a desire to have the Annual Master Eye Check Up for them or their parents’ etc. living abroad, when they come to India for their vacation. The Annual Complimentary Courtesy Master Eye Check Up includes:
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- Pickup of beneficiaries from the residence in Chennai.
- Performing comprehensive Master Eye Check Up in our hospital.
- Drop back at their residence after check up.
- Subject to the patients’ approval, their medical results will be shared via e-mail with their dear ones abroad.
Yes. Please transfer to account number 8285-3794 with Charles Schwab & Co. (800-435-4000). You will be eligible to deduct the value of the stocks for tax purposes.
Yes. Please contact the President Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust by mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org in this regard.
For any other information / clarification you may want, any of the following trustees would be pleased to respond to you. Send your mail or please call
S.V.Acharya, President Emeritus (855) 4NETHRA - Toll Free
E-mail id: email@example.com