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Empower people who are blind or visually impaired

The impact of your gift

All gifts are used to support the Council’s mission to promote the dignity and empowerment of the people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation and educating the general public. 

WAYS TO GIVE

monthly giftS

Become a White Cane Circle member by making a monthly gift to the Council. This can be done via credit card, bank transfer, or by clicking the button below and selecting “Make this a monthly donation.”

Cash Gifts

Gifts of cash, check or credit card can provide immediate help for programs and services. The Council accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Donations can also be made securely online through PayPal.

Tribute gifts

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.

Memorial Designation

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 & Visually Impaired, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703 or online at WCBlind.org.”

Matching Employer Gifts

A matching gift from your employer or former employer (if retired) can substantially increase the value of your gift. Please notify us if your gift is eligible for a corporate match.

Donor Advised Funds

The Council welcomes gifts from donor advised funds. Acknowledgement will be sent as directed by the foundation disbursing the funds.

Planned gifts

Gifts we receive through bequests and other estate gifts strengthen the Council’s ability to provide services to the thousands of people in Wisconsin who are adjusting to life with vision loss. Leaving a gift to the Council in your will provides a way for your values to live on indefinitely through the good works of the Council.

Volunteer

Do you enjoy offering your time to help support a great cause? From time to time the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired looks to volunteers to help assist with special projects. Email info@wcblind.org for more information.

Current Opportunities

Spanish Translator: The Council is looking for help translating product descriptions into Spanish on our Sharper Vision Store website. 

Closed Captioning and Video Editor: The Council is looking for help correcting closed captioning transcripts and videos on our YouTube channel.

History and Archiving Volunteer: The Council is looking for help sorting, scanning, and archiving publications and other items to document our history.

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Workplace giving

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin, a federation that raises money to support its member organizations 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!

Donor testimonials

Legacy Circle

Members of the Legacy Circle are individuals who have made a planned gift that will benefit the Council after their death. This could be through a will, trust, charitable gift annuity, insurance policy, retirement assets, or other estate gift.

“I think of any legacy as providing something for the future. In this case, our funds will help continue the Council’s great work of serving people who are blind or visually impaired around the state.”

Kathy Brockman
Council board member and supporter on the importance of becoming a Legacy Circle member

Council Friends

Friends of the Council contribute $500 or more in a calendar year.

“I want to be a part of all the great work people who are blind or visually impaired are doing. I want to help in some way.”

Karen Steffen
Council donor and family member

White cane circle

Members of the White Cane Circle make a monthly or quarterly gift to the Council to support year-round needs.

“It’s important that the Council is there as a portal for people experiencing vision loss and blindness across the state who don’t know where to turn. We are grateful that the Council is providing outreach to people in more rural areas.”

Mike and Susan Archer
Council client and new White Cane Circle members 

Council Visionaries

Council Visionaries, over their lifetime, have given $20,000 or more in support of the Council’s work.

“I first started giving because I was the CEO/Executive Director, and felt giving was part of my responsibility to support the Council. Over the years, I got to know the Council and what they do to advocate for people who are blind and visually impaired. I give because I believe in the Council’s core values and mission; overall I believe in the people. That is why I give.”

Loretta Himmelsbach
Former Council CEO/Executive Director

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Everyday Ways to give

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. Learn more or to designate your Choice Dollars to the Council here.

When you buy online with AmazonSmile, you can designate the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired to receive 0.5% of your purchases — and it costs you nothing! On your first visit there, you can select the Council to receive donations before you begin shopping. The system will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

The Council is registered as an approved non-profit organization with Network for Good.

The Council is registered as an approved non-profit organization with Great NonProfits.

Donations can be made online or sent to:

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI  53703

Direct questions to Lori at (608) 237-8114 or send her an email.