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Why Your Gift Matters

When you invest in NECO, you invest in the future of eye healthcare. Your philanthropic support not only helps NECO educate and prepare the future leaders of optometry—it also helps NECO advance its research and adapt to changes in the industry. Your support empowers the future of optometry at NECO and beyond.

Your gift to NECO supports:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
    We’re committed to making NECO an inclusive environment. To build diversity, we offer scholarships to students from historically underrepresented groups. For NECO, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) begins in the classroom and continues into our clinics, where NECO students serve patients from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • Community Outreach.
    Your donation helps us provide comprehensive eye exams to children with disabilities, vision screenings for children in Boston Public Schools, low vision devices for the underinsured, and video electronic magnifiers to low-income elder housing facilities.
  • An Education Rooted in Experience and Service.
    NECO students gain real-world skills while serving the community. Whether it’s exposure to state-of-the art equipment at the NECO Training Center, caring for patients at the NECO Center for Eye Care, or serving through the NECO Clinical Network, our students have many opportunities to advance their education and support community health.
  • Scholarships.
    One-time and renewable scholarships help NECO attract, retain, and support the optometry leaders of tomorrow.
  • Research and Innovation.
    Research is a core aspect of NECO’s mission. Faculty research drives innovation in the field while also exposing students to current optometry research. Our partnerships with other universities, scientists, and industry leaders create even more opportunity for advancements in the world of eye health.