Contribution Opportunities

See what a difference your support makes by watching our supporter video.

Note: Contributions to the Vehicle Donation program and the Pre Authorized Contribution (PAC) Plan are tax deductible. All checks received as donations to the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI) are also tax deductible.

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General Contributions

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

  • State scholarships
  • Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academies
  • 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 “National Federation of the Blind of Illinois” or “NFBI” and mailing it to:

National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
Patti Gregory Chang, Treasurer
National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
6919 W. Berwyn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60656

PayPal Donations

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 Denise Avant, affiliate President, at president@nfbofillinois.org or 773-991-8050, or Pattie Chang, affiliate Tresurer, at pattischang@gmail.com or 773-307-6440.

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:

Please download the PAC Plan form to create or increase your monthly PAC contributions. If you have any questions, contact IL PAC Plan coordinator Denise Avant at 773-991-8050 or president@nfbofillinois.org. You can also direct questions to 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 Illinois 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.

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, please contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or pchang@nfb.org.