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Contribution Opportunities

Note: 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 National Federation of the Blind of Iowa (NFBI) are also tax deductible.

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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

  • Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy
  • State scholarships
  • Education and outreach to our communities
  • Newly blinded individuals and their family members
  • Older adults losing vision
  • 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

If you prefer paying via credit/debit card or with a personal PayPal account, please visit our Online Donations page.

Matching Funds

Many employers support their employees’ charity donations by matching a portion of the funds an employee donates. Check with the human resources office of the company for details. If you need additional information, please contact NFBI President Scott Van Gorp at 515-720-5282 or svangorp@nfbi.org, or NFBI Treasurer David Hammel at 515-822-4236 or dhammel@nfbi.org.

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 nathan.beattie@thrivent.com.

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 visit www.nfb.org/pac, download the PAC Plan form (PDF), or dial 1-877-632-2722 to create or increase your monthly PAC contributions. If you have any questions, contact Chelsea Page, PAC Plan coordinator for Iowa, at 601-618-5170 or cpage@nfbi.org. You can also contact the accounting department at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute at 410-659-9314 or accounting@nfb.org.

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 pchang@nfb.org.

Amazon Smile Program

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.com. It lets patrons shop for products and donate to their favorite charitable organization. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organizations, like the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa (NFBI), selected by its customers. To have your Amazon Smile purchases go to the NFBI, please visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-6062037. To learn more about the Amazon Smile program, please visit www.smile.amazon.com.

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 www.nfb.org/vehicledonations.

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

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