Every seven minutes, someone in America will become blind or visually impaired. By 2030, the estimated number of visually impaired Americans 65 and older will double to seven million!
Visual impairment can have a great impact on the quality of life for older adults as well as family members. Low vision can create challenges for elders to prepare meals, shop for groceries, find transportation to medical appointments, or manage the household and finances.
Looking toward the next 50 years, as major demographic segments grow older, we are preparing for a significant increase in vision loss due to age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Our mission remains constant. We are committed to empowering and assisting the growing number of people who must make lifestyle changes and adjustments due to vision impairment.
This increasing need presents the opportunity for you to truly make a difference in the life of someone with vision loss!
Your Gift Can Change a Life
Gifts of cash, check or credit card can provide immediate help for programs and services. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
Checks should be made payable to Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired or WCBVI and mailed to 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703.
Monthly gifts can be made by electronic withdrawal from the bank account of your choice or with your credit card. This convenient method of giving provides continuous support and allows Council staff to budget for future projects. Click here for the Monthly Giving form.
A tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor the memory of a loved one, show appreciation for someone special, or commemorate an occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
In a printed or online obituary, families will often direct donations to an organization that was special to their loved one. To direct memorial donations to the Council, please include these words in the obituary: “Memorial gifts may be made to Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703 or online at www.wcblind.org.”
Matching Employer Gifts
A matching gift from your employer or former employer (if you are retired) can substantially increase the value of your gift! Please notify us if your gift is eligible for a corporate match.
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin, a member-directed federation that raises money to support its 60+ member agencies that work for social, economic and environmental justice at the local, state and national levels. The Council will receive 100% of your gift when it comes through Community Shares!
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IRA and Retirement Plan
If you are 70½ or older, it is possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. You may transfer a total of up to $100,000 each year, free from federal income tax, directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities, including the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.
To make a qualified gift, it is required that the amount be distributed directly from an IRA to the Council. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. For more information, contact your IRA administrator or your tax advisor.
Gifts of negotiable securities can be transferred electronically to a brokerage account maintained by the Council at Associated Bank or delivered physically with the transferor’s endorsement or signed stock power attached. When you make a gift of appreciated stock, you receive a charitable deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities and pay no capital gains tax on your gift.
If you are an eligible member of Thrivent Financial, you can “vote” for your Thrivent Choice Dollars to be given to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. Choice Dollars is a charitable grant program from Thrivent Financial. To learn more or to designate your Choice Dollars to the Council, visit www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice.
If you buy from Amazon online, you can designate the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired to receive .5% of your purchases -- and it costs you nothing! It’s part of their AmazonSmile program. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to www.smile.amazon.com. On your first visit there, you can select the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The system will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.
All contributions should be made payable to Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and mailed to WCBVI, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI; 53703.
Gifts can also be made online by clicking the DONATE button.
The satisfaction of helping others is a primary reason for giving, but in many cases your gift can also benefit you by providing a charitable deduction, income for your lifetime, or tax savings.
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired gratefully acknowledges every gift. Names of donors will be published on our website in conjunction with our Annual Report, unless you wish to remain anonymous.
The Council is registered as an approved non-profit organization with Community Shares of Wisconsin (www.communityshares.com), Network for Good (www.networkforgood.org), and Great NonProfits (www.greatnonprofits.org). You can choose to donate to the Council at any of these sites.