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.

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.

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, send an email to pac@nfb.org, or dial 1-877-632-2722 to create or increase your monthly PAC contributions. If you have any questions, contact Chelsea Van Gorp, PAC Plan coordinator for Iowa, at 601-618-5170 or cvangorp@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.

Amazon Smile Program

Amazon Smile 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.