Support for the Council Can Be Part of Your Legacy Through Planned Giving

An adult’s hands passing a small plant into a child’s hands.

As the Council celebrates 70 years of service and advocacy, board and staff are thankful for the foresight of our early founders. Beginning in 1952 and looking well into the future, they understood the necessity of planning ahead by encouraging gifts through bequests.

There are gift planning ideas for all ages. It can be a trust providing income for family members first, with assets later passing to the Council. It can be a gift of assets remaining in retirement plans or U.S. savings bonds that would otherwise be subject to income tax. It might be proceeds from a life insurance policy no longer needed for family security. There are additional ways to contribute, such as designating a fixed amount or a percentage in your will, or make a memorial gift to honor someone special.

You don’t have to be wealthy to support worthwhile causes for generations to come. Your thoughtful actions speak volumes.

Each year, the Council reaches more than 11,000 individuals through vision rehabilitation, advocacy, adaptive products, technology training, and educational opportunities. The number of people living with significant vision loss in the United States is predicted to double by 2050. Your gift will help us reach more individuals who are looking for ways to adapt to their changing vision.

As you think about your estate plan and how you would like to make a difference in the future, we encourage you to include your family and financial planner in these conversations. If you have questions about options for giving to the Council, please contact Fund Development Director Lori Werbeckes at (608)237-8114 or

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