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Contribution Opportunities

Note: Contributions to the Vehicle Donation program, Amazon Smile, and the Pre Authorized Contribution (PAC) Plan are tax deductible. All checks received as donations to the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut (NFBCT) are also tax deductible. The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization. We are a 100% volunteer-based membership organization working to improve the lives of blind people in Connecticut. We thank you for your willingness to support our great work!

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General Contributions

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

  • State scholarships
  • Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning (BELL) Academy
  • Education and outreach to our communities
  • Newly blinded individuals and their family members
  • Older adults losing vision
  • Blind Veterans
  • and so much more...

If you would like to send your tax-deductible donation check to the NFB of CT, simply print out our donation form on your printer, fill out the form and send it to:

National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut
111 Sheldon Road, Unit 420
Manchester, CT 06045

Please make your check or money order payable to NFBCT.

Click here if you prefer to make your tax-deductible contribution via a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

Matching Gifts

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 NFBCT President Maryanne Melley at 860-212-5549 or maryanne.melley@gmail.com, or NFBCT Treasurer Nathanael Wales at 530-219-2573 or ntwales@omsoft.com.

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:

  • 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, download the PAC Plan form (PDF), or dial 1-877-632-2722 to create or increase your monthly PAC contributions. If you have any questions, please contact Len Schlenk, PAC Plan coordinator for Connecticut, at 203-394-1891 or lfs40@optonline.net. 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 Connecticut 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, or visit www.nfb.org/get-involved/ways-give/planned-giving.

Amazon Smile Program

AmazonSmile 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 Connecticut (NFBCT), selected by its customers. To have your Amazon Smile purchases go to the NFBCT, please visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7320426. 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 https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/ways-give/vehicle-donations.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact NFBCT Vehicle Donations coordinator Marilyn Wenzel at 203-640-5587 or happyme@yahoo.com. You can also direct questions to the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or pchang@nfb.org.

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