To discuss a bequest or to ask questions please call the Development Office at 405.271.7803.

Philanthropic Giving

The Dean McGee Eye Institute Foundation (DMEIF), established in 1992, is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation supports research, education and patient care activities at the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI). It is funded by contributions from friends, grateful patients, faculty, staff, corporations and foundations who give generously each year. These gifts help DMEI to carry out its mission to serve our community through excellence and leadership in eye care, education and vision research.

The Foundation is governed by a board of directors who oversee the investment policies and administration of the Foundation's assets and the granting of its funds. Current Foundation board members are Chairman - G. Rainey Williams, Jr., Trustee - Jari Askins, Trustee - William M. Bell, Trustee - Michael A. Cawley, Trustee - Kim D. Henry, Trustee - Richard H. Parry, and Trustee - Kevin S. Perry.

Many types of assets may be given to the Eye Foundation including cash, securities, real estate, retirement plan assets, and personal property. Gifts to the Eye Foundation can be restricted to vision research, patient care, capital improvements or educating tomorrow's ophthalmologists. Or, your gifts can be unrestricted making funds available for the changing needs of the Eye Foundation. Either way, your gift is important to the future of the Eye Foundation as we strive to provide critical vision care and assist our research scientists in finding treatments and cures for the most devastating blinding eye diseases.

A bequest to the Dean McGee Eye Institute Foundation is one of the most precious legacies anyone can give. A bequest gift can mean brilliant colors, restored clarity and the priceless gift of independence to people who suffer from a blinding eye disease.


Mary Bee Clark, an Oklahoma City resident and local artist, has written and illustrated two books for young children. Upon being diagnosed with lung cancer this past fall, Mary Bee has decided to seize the day and pursue her dream of publishing children’s books. My Gran’s Glasses is a colorful and fun text that showcases a Gran’s eclectic glasses wardrobe. Following her illness, Mary Bee has become even more empathetic towards others who are suffering. 100% of the author’s proceeds from My Gran’s Glasses will be donated to Dean McGee Eye Institute’s Global Eye Care Program.

To order My Gran's Glasses please call Full Circle Bookstore, 405.840.2900 or 800.683.READ.

To view the Global Eye Care website please visit,