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General Contributions

The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa operates on a 100% volunteer basis. ALL of your donation goes toward supporting our programs for

  • State scholarship program
  • Education and outreach to the community
  • Blind children and youth
  • Newly blinded individuals and their family members
  • Senior blind
  • Blind Veterans
  • and so much more

You can support the work of the organization by making your tax-deductible check out to NFB of Iowa and mailing it to:

Scott Van Gorp, President
P.O. Box 93071
Des Moines, Iowa 50393

Matching Funds

Many employers support their employees’ charity donations by matching a portion of the funds an employee donates. Through these programs, your NFBI members, family members, co-workers and neighbors can inquire with the human resources department where employed. Donors can double their gifts to support your efforts to transform the lives of blind students, seniors , support state scholarships, and to assist with our educational and outreach programs in Iowa. We are asking all who receive this information whether their employers offer gift matching programs. If they don’t know, please inquire with their human resources department. If you need additional information, please contact NFBI President Scott Van Gorp at 515-720-5282 or, or NFBI Treasurer David Hammel at 515-822-4236 or

Thrivent’s Choice Dollars donations can help NFB

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial and eligible to direct Choice Dollars? With Thrivent Choice, you can recommend where some of Thrivent Financial’s charitable outreach funds go. Choice Dollars funds can make a world of difference to the NFB. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent Choice to learn more and find program terms and conditions, or contact Nathan Beattie, Financial Associate, at 515-276-1527, extension 228, or

PAC Plan

The Pre-Authorized Contribution (PAC) Plan is a national program where individuals or organizations can pre-approve a certain amount of funds to be transferred from their bank account into the National Federation of the Blind’s general account. The minimum amount is $5 a month ($0.17 a day) and there is no limit.

The PAC Plan helps with:

  • Distributing free literature
  • Funding the Free White Cane program
  • Funding the Free Slate and Stylus program
  • Funding legal battles
  • Assisting national scholarship programs
  • Funding the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy program
  • Fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs
  • Providing free web hosting for state affiliates through NFBNet

Please download the PAC Plan form to create or increase your monthly PAC contributions. If you have any questions, contact the accounting department at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute at 410-659-9314 or

Please watch the below PAC Plan video for additional details on the PAC Plan.

Leaving A Legacy

Dream Makers Circle

You can help build a future of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member of our Dream Makers Circle. It is easier than you think. You can visit your bank and convert an account to a P.O.D. (payable on death) bank account which is payable after your passing to the National Federation of the blind or one of our affiliates. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind or the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa can be made in the form of a will or living trust, an income generating gift, or by naming us as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, IRA, pension, or a life insurance policy. You can designate a specific amount, a percentage, or list NFB as one of several beneficiaries. For additional information, please contact Patti Chang at (410) 659-9314, extension 2422 or at

Amazon Smile Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa(NFBI) is a 501(C)3 charitable organization that works year-round to improve the lives of blind people in the state of Iowa. The NFBI encourages Braille reading for blind children, helps blind teens gain the skills to live independently, and empowers blind people of all ages to live the lives they want.

Through Amazon Smile you can contribute to the NFBI each time you make an Amazon purchase. When you shop on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate .5 percent of your purchase price to the charitable organization of your choice. The NFB of Iowa is registered as an Amazon Smile charity.

Amazon Smile operates exactly like the standard Amazon site. You can sign in with the username and password you have always used, and you can apply your Amazon gift certificates.

It’s easy to create an account on Amazon Smile. This is all you have to do.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter or click on Your Account.
  3. On the Your Account page, go to Change Your Charity.
  4. Go to Edit and type National Federation of the Blind of Iowa in the edit field.
  5. Enter or click on the Select button. A popup will appear and announce that you have selected the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa as your designated charity. Hit Dismiss and start shopping!
  6. You will see a notice that you are supporting the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa every time you shop at

Half of one percent doesn’t sound like much, but lots of small amounts add up to big earnings. Think of all the money that you and your family spend on Amazon over the course of a year. Use Amazon Smile whenever you buy gifts, books, music, or household items, and each purchase will support the NFBI and its programs. Help us spread the word by encouraging your friends, relatives, and colleagues to sign up for Amazon Smile as well.

Thank you from the blind of Iowa!

Vehicle Donations

The National Federation of the Blind uses car donations to improve the education of blind children, distribute free white canes, help veterans, and so much more. We have partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. Just call toll-free (855) 659-9314, and a representative can make arrangements, or you can donate online by visiting

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or

Tax Deductible Contributions

Contributions to the Vehicle Donation program, the Pre Authorized Contribution (PAC) Plan, and Amazon Smile are tax deductible. All checks received as contributions to the NFBI are also tax deductible.

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