Planned Gifts

More than 50 years after her life, Helen Keller’s dedication to empower people with visual impairments carries on around the world. What is known today as the Center for Vision Loss is part of the legacy, as its inception traces to a speech she made in Bethlehem, PA, in 1928.

A gift to the Center for Vision Loss creates your own legacy of support for personal triumphs over vision loss. Planned gifts not only make legacy giving possible, but they can also provide other advantages such as tax benefits to the donor or lifetime income for the donor or others. To learn more about planned giving, contact Christe Konopitski, Director of Advancement.

Ways to Give

It is easy to make a gift that provides the maximum benefit to you, your family, and the Center for Vision Loss.

  • Make a gift in your will
  • Designate Center for Vision Loss as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy
  • Designate Center for Vision Loss as a beneficiary of a portion of your retirement plan
  • Create a trust that provides annual income to you and/or your family and ultimately reverts to Center for Vision Loss
  • Create a trust that provides income to Center for Vision Loss and ultimately reverts to your survivors
  • Donate property

Sample Bequest Language

Your attorney can arrange a gift by inserting the following language into your will or trust, or as an amendment thereof: “To Center for Vision Loss, Inc. (Federal Tax Identification Number 23-1352260), I hereby give $ ____ (or ___%) of my estate.”
We encourage all donors to consult with their own professional tax advisors when making charitable gifts.

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA Charitable Rollover Provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income. This provision had expired on January 1, 2015, but was reinstated and made permanent.

Let Us Know

We hope that you would let us know of your plans so that we can express our appreciation and make additional arrangements if needed. Please contact our Advancement Office with details. Laws and regulations prohibit attorneys and financial professionals from informing organizations of planned gifts during your life.

Our Policies

A joint policy by the Center for Vision Loss and our affiliated Center for Vision Loss Endowment Foundation directs single unrestricted gifts from wills or trusts of more than $10,000 to be divided into a single $10,000 gift toward our operations and a gift in the remaining amount toward the endowment. If, however, you wish for more of your gift, or your entire gift, to support our operations, we ask that you please inform us in writing.

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See our Donor Policies
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Contact for Information

Christe Konopitski, 610.433.6018, Ext. 244