Founded in 1960, The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank is a non–profit organization primarily funded by Minnesota Lions through the work of the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation, Inc. The eye bank is affiliated with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ophthalmology and is the first of many partnerships between the Lions and the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Lions Eye Bank operates under the university and the direction of a 22-member Lions Board of Directors.
The Lions generate public support and awareness for the eye bank. Lions club activities educate the community and contribute greatly to the success of the eye bank. Much of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank’s recognition in the state is due to the outreach of Lions members.