Ways to Give

NECO believes that cost should not determine whether a deserving student can pursue an optometric education, or a patient in need can access eye care. You can give in multiple ways including monthly gifts, planned giving, or through pledges covering scholarships and other specific needs.

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Monthly Giving

You can provide consistent support to NECO with monthly contributions that are automatically deducted from your checking account or credit card. You will retain complete control of your giving and may increase, decrease, or suspend your contributions at any time. Sign up to donate the same amount every month, on whatever day you choose, for as long as you choose.



Here’s what your monthly gift could support:

  • $10 a month provides a comprehensive eye exam to a child with a vision impairment. 
  • $25 a month provides vision screenings for children in Boston Public Schools. 
  • $40 a month provides low vision devices for the underinsured. 
  • $83 a month provides a housing facility for low-income elders with a video electronic magnifier.

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Planned Giving Options

Your planned gift may be part of a comprehensive estate plan that enables you to support NECO in ways that maximize your personal objectives while achieving tax savings. Planned options include bequests, beneficiary designation, charitable gift annuities, memorial and honorary gifts, donor advised funds, or charitable lead trusts. Please contact Development to discuss personal options further.


Where your gift goes

Support NECO

Gifts to the NECO Fund help us remain at the forefront of optometric education and patient care. Regardless of how often or when you give to NECO, we ensure all gifts are appropriately distributed to the area in greatest need. Our general NECO Fund is broken down into further categories if you wish for your gift to impact a specific area.

Support Students

Scholarships help ensure students with financial needs are able to access an optometric education. With donors contributing to already established scholarship programs or creating a new one in honor of someone special, NECO is able to remove barriers to a graduate education and prevent student debt. Read more about the impact of student scholarships on our community in our news room.

Diversity at NECO

As part of our expanding community, NECO has utilized resources to hire a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and established events and discussions related to optometry and optometric education.  A gift of any size helps this newly established department and supports and retains a diverse community. Read more about Diversity and Inclusion.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) begins in the classroom and continues into our clinics. NECO holds a commitment to integrating inclusive curriculum into coursework and clinical teachings. Your gift helps us retain and recruit Faculty who are integral in teaching a thoughtful and robust curriculum that covers not only treating diverse populations, but also diverse optometric diseases. Read more about our cultural competent curriculum.

CHCs and our CTC

NECO has partnered with Community Health Centers and for 50 years proudly served and provided eye care for all. Working in neighboring communities has fostered healthcare equity that includes eye exams to children with disabilities, low vision devices for the underinsured, and video electronic magnifiers to housing facilities for low-income elders. Your gift helps us maintain these relationships and continue practicing the latest eye care for all. Read about where we work within the community.

Our Clinical Training Center is a state-of-the-art training facility that includes the latest technology for students to prepare for clinical practice in any location and setting. With 20 exam and four special testing lanes, students learn on new and soon-to-market equipment. Your gift will support the management of this center and guarantee students receive instruction on the latest technology. Read more about the impact our Clinical Education has on students.

The Direct Impact

Your support has a specific and tangible impact on our community. As a small robust institution, we pride ourselves in sustaining our unique community through all areas that individuals interact with us. From purchasing the latest laser technology to staffing our eye clinics, gifts of any size from donors like you make these areas flourish.

  • Nine

    Contracted Health Centers

    Your gifts go directly to maintaining our 9 contracted health centers, with 7 of them fully staffed and operated by NECO. These centers assure students are learning within the community and continue to have an all-encompassing clinic experience.

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