The word philanthropy comes from Ancient Greek φιλανθρωπία (philanthrōpía) ‘love of humanity’, from phil– “love, fond of” and anthrōpos” humankind, mankind”. Philanthropy involves charitable giving to worthy causes on a large scale, but it is much more than just a charitable donation. Philanthropy is an effort an individual or organization undertakes based on an altruistic desire to improve human welfare, and wealthy individuals sometimes establish private foundations to facilitate their philanthropic efforts.
We are very proud to announce that the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation’s Circle of Vision program has reached its 10th anniversary. We would like to extend our gratitude the Pan-American leaders in ophthalmology for supporting the Pan-American’s mission of providing lifelong education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists to improve patient care.
I would like to welcome, Dr. Paulo Dantas, our 32nd PAAO President. I am sure he will be able to follow on the footsteps of the many giants that preceded him including Dr. Burnier with whom we are immensely grateful.