Please remember that the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois Gladly accepts contributions to help us carry on the work of Changing What it Means to be Blind.

We are a 501(C)(3) charitable organization. Your gift is tax-deductible. If you wish to help us in our campaign to attain and protect Security, Equality, and Opportunity for all blind persons in Illinois, the United States, and the world.

Donate by Check

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

Please make checks payable to “National Federation of the Blind of Illinois” or “NFBI”.

Donate via PayPal

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

If you have any questions, please contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or

Matching Funds

To all our members, family and friends, please consider checking with your employer to discuss the possibility of matching funds. Through the matching fund program, your contribution will be matched by your employer. Please discuss this opportunity with your Human Resources and/or your Payroll Department. If you need additional information, please contact Denise Avant, affiliate President, at or 773-991-8050, or Pattie Chang, affiliate Tresurer, at or 773-307-6440.

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. 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

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 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
  • Providing free web hosting for state affiliates through NFBNet

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

Please watch the below PAC Plan video for additional details on the PAC Plan.

Amazon Smile

The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI) is a 501(C)3 charitable organization that works year-round to improve the lives of blind people in the state of Illinois. The NFBI encourages Braille reading for blind children, helps blind teens gain the skills to live independently, and empowers blind people of all ages to live the lives they want.

Through Amazon Smile you can contribute to the NFBI each time you make an Amazon purchase. When you shop on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate .5 percent of your purchase price to the charitable organization of your choice. The NFB of Illinois is registered as an Amazon Smile charity.

Amazon Smile operates exactly like the standard Amazon site. You can sign in with the username and password you have always used, and you can apply your Amazon gift certificates.

It’s easy to create an account on Amazon Smile. This is all you have to do.

  • Go to
  • Enter or click on Your Account.
  • On the Your Account page, go to Change Your Charity.
  • Go to Edit and type National Federation of the Blind of Illinois in the edit field.
  • Enter or click on the Select button. A popup will appear and announce that you have selected the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois as your designated charity. Hit Dismiss and start shopping!
  • You will see a notice that you are supporting the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois every time you shop at” target=”_blank”>
  • Half of one percent doesn’t sound like much, but lots of small amounts add up to big earnings. Think of all the money that you and your family spend on Amazon over the course of a year. Use Amazon Smile whenever you buy gifts, books, music, or household items, and each purchase will support the NFBI and its programs. Help us spread the word by encouraging your friends, relatives, and colleagues to sign up for Amazon Smile as well.

    Thank you from the blind of Illinois!

    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

    Thank You

    We sincerely thank you for your support.