Donation Opportunities

Note: Contributions to the GreenDrop program, 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 PA (NFBP) are also tax deductible.

General Contributions

The National Federation of the Blind of PA 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 or money order out to NFB of PA and mailing it to:

National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
Brian Mackey, Treasurer
33 Merganser Drive
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

If you prefer paying via credit/debit card or with a personal PayPal account, please visit our Online Donations page.

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 NFBP President Lynn Heitz at 215-988-0888 or president@nfbp.org, or NFBP Treasurer Brian Mackey at 609-680-8488 or treasurer@nfbp.org.

NFB of PA White Cane Coffee Fundraiser

Helping the affiliate has now become as easy as drinking your morning cup of coffee!! As featured at the 2019 State Convention, White Cane Coffee and the National Federation of the Blind of PA are working together.

Purchase your coffee here:
https://whitecanecoffee.com/ref/nfbp

10% of the sales will come back to us – the NFB of PA – so we can continue to help our fellow blind and increase our programs for our seniors, students, and children!

Spread the word!

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 ($0.17 a day) 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
  • Funding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs
  • 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 the PAC Plan Coordinator for PA, Brian Mackey at 609-680-8488 or bmackey88@gmail.com, or the accounting department at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute at 410-659-9314 or accounting@nfb.org.

Please watch the 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 Pennsylvania 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.

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.com donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations, like the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania (NFBP), selected by its customers. To have your Amazon Smile purchases go to the NFBP, please visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1471930. To learn more about the Amazon Smile program, please visit www.smile.amazon.com.

GreenDrop

The National Federation of the Blind has teamed up with GreenDrop to collect donations of clothing and household items. People living in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, and Virginia can donate unwanted items through drop-off locations or by calling for a pick-up from their home or business. The funds raised from this program go to the National Federation of the Blind general fund to support programs for blind STEM students, veterans, and seniors, as well as the ongoing efforts to improve equality for the blind.

Please mark all bags and or boxes with NFB in order for the NFB to receive credit for the donations. The entire listing of accepted items can be found on the GreenDrop website, www.gogreendrop.org. GreenDrop accepts new or gently used items including:

  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Household Items
  • Kitchenware
  • Games/Toys
  • Small Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Sporting Goods
  • Books, CDs & Videos
  • Small Furniture

To schedule a pickup, dial 1-888-944-DROP (3767) or visit www.gogreendrop.org. If you have any questions, you can contact the NFB GreenDrop coordinator Bridget Burke at 410-659-9314 x2271 or GreenDrop@nfb.org.

Home Cleanout Program

GreenDrop is now servicing apartment complexes and condos. What they will do is put a good size blue plastic box in the lobby, community room, or club house. This way the people who live there can access it any time by putting their gently used items in the box, via bag, or cardboard box. NFB must be written on all bags and boxes. You must check with your landlord or management to be sure this is allowed. During November 2019 they were just starting to work on a sensor to let them know when the box was full. When full, GreenDrop will come & put the plastic box in the truck and replace it with another empty one. How easy can it get for the donators?! If anyone is interested in having a GreenDrop box at their apartment complexx or condos, please let Bridget Burke know at 410-659-9314 x2271 or GreenDrop@nfb.org and she will gladly inform the correct person who can get it done.

GreenDrop locations

For a listing of all GreenDrop locations in Pennsylvania, please visit our Green Drop Locations page.

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/get-involved/ways-give/vehicle-donations.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or pchang@nfb.org.