Your Guide to Charitable Giving

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Supporting the nation’s blind is important to me. Can I continue to support this work after my lifetime?

Yes, you can leave a legacy that makes a real and lasting difference. Help to distribute free white canes, increase literacy, employ more blind people, encourage high expectations, and turn dreams into reality.

Your gift will:

  • Make science and math a real possibility for blind children;
  • Provide hope for seniors losing their vision;
  • Help state affiliates and local chapters promote programs and provide information that will educate the next generation of blind individuals;
  • Advance development of blindness-related technology;
  • Train and inspire professionals working with the blind;
  • Provide parents with critical information helpful to their blind children;
  • Mentor blind people trying to find jobs;
  • Guarantee that you are part of the NFB dream!

How you can become a Dream Maker:

Including the National Federation of the Blind in your future plans is a thoughtful way to transform dreams into reality by ensuring the next generation excels above the previous.

There are a number of different ways to provide for the future:

  1. You can specify a fixed sum of assets or property for the Federation in your will, pension, IRA, or the like.Blind boy digs on the beach with his cane.
  2. You can give a percentage of your assets.
  3. You can name the National Federation of the Blind as a beneficiary or a contingent beneficiary of your assets in your will, trusts, pensions, IRAs, life insurance policies, brokerage accounts, or other accounts.
  4. You can visit your bank and name the National Federation of the Blind as the beneficiary on a payable on death (POD) account. You can turn a current checking or savings account into a POD account or open a new account. A POD account is one of the simplest ways to leave a legacy. The account is totally in your control during your lifetime and if you want to change the beneficiary or percentage you give, you can simply revisit your bank and make the changes.
  5. You can give contingent or residuary interests. This involves naming the NFB as a contingent or residuary beneficiary. A contingent beneficiary only receives a gift if those who are primary beneficiaries do not or cannot accept for any reason. The residuary of your estate is anything that is left after specific primary gifts are honored.

If you would like to let us know that you have made a gift to the National Federation of the Blind in your estate plan, you may send a note indicating the nature of your gift to the address below or to Or you may complete the Planned Giving Form and send it to:

Outreach Department
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2422

The Dream Makers Circle

Upon receipt of your personal letter or the Planned Giving Form, you will be inducted into the Dream Makers Circle. The Circle honors friends of the National Federation of the Blind who are helping build a successful future and transforming dreams into reality.

Benefits of membership in the Dream Makers Circle include:

  • Special recognition in NFB publications;
  • A specially designed and personalized "thank you" gift;
  • A copy of all NFB publications;
  • The satisfaction of contributing to the future success of the NFB mission.

For more information on the Dream Makers Circle or sample language for gift instruments, please contact:

Patti Gregory-Chang
Director of Outreach
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2422

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