Your gift can help provide regained independence for someone with vision loss. There are many ways that you can support the work we do.
Make A Gift – Share The Vision
With your help, Sight Connection can continue to make a difference in the lives of people with vision loss. Your donations make it possible for us to provide life-enhancing programs and services that help people in our community lead active, independent lives. We couldn’t do it without you!
Your gift transforms lives:
- A blind person learn to travel using a white cane
- A person with low vision learn how to read independently using a specialized magnifier
- Someone newly diagnosed with vision loss to adapt through one-on-one counseling
There are many ways that you can support the work we do:
To make a cash gift, send your check or money order to:
929 N 130th St, Suite 3
Seattle, WA 98133
You can call us directly at (206) 204-6158 or (800) 458-4888.
Contact us at (206) 525-5556 or email us at giving@SightConnection.org.
Other Ways To Donate Money
Become A Sustainer By Make a Recurring Gift
Help sustain Sight Connection with a scheduled gift each month. For as little as $20 per month you’ll allow us to keep providing life-enhancing services to those with low vision. Just check “Recurring Donation” on online donation information page.
Give With The Help Of Your Employer
With automatic deductions from your paycheck you can help sustain Sight Connection on a monthly basis without lifting a finger. In addition to United Way’s campaigns, many employers run their own internal giving campaigns. Check to see if your employer has a matching gift program and what forms need to be filled out by yourself or Sight Connection.
Make A Gift Of Stock
Making a stock gift to Sight Connection is easy and can be a wise tax move! If you have stock that has increased in price, when you sell you will probably owe taxes on the gains. By donating stock to Sight Connection you may be able to lower your capital gains taxes while reaping the tax benefit of the fully appreciated value of the donated stock. It’s like donating your taxes!
Simply follow these three steps to facilitate the transfer of shares:
- Provide your broker with the following information:
Sight Connection Broker: D A Davidson & Co. DTC Number: 0361
Account Number: xxxx0625 – Sight Connection
- Remind your broker to include your name, contact information, and any special instructions for use of the gift with your transfer.
- Contact Emily Bader at 206-204-6148 or firstname.lastname@example.org with information about the type of stock you’re giving and number of shares, as well as any special considerations you may have.
Special Tax-Free IRA Gifts
For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.
On December 18, 2015, Congress passed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and making this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to Sight Connection free from federal income tax each year. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.
To make such gifts, it is important not to withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check-writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.
Contact Emily Bader at 206-204-6148 or email@example.com for more information about donating from your IRA account.
Donate Clothing & Household Items
With much regret, Sight Connection has closed its household item pick-up program. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your support of Sight Connection over the years. Pick-up donations can be scheduled with NW Center’s Big Blue Truck (206) 285-9140.
We welcome donations of adaptive aids that are no longer being used and in good working order. Items such as white canes and electronic magnifiers are used in our programs or donated to Sight Connection’s low-income clients.
Your generosity can continue beyond your lifetime when you include Sight Connection in your will. It can help you ensure good stewardship of your assets and may provide tax benefits to your heirs. Your gift may be a fixed sum of money; a % of your estate or one or more assets such as shares of stock.
Sample Language For Your Will
You may offer the following language sample to your estate planning attorney for consideration.
I give and devise to Sight Connection, Seattle, Washington, the Sum of $____ or % of estate to be used by the organization (or designated to the program of your choice) without future restriction.
Legal Name: Sight Connection
Legal Address: 929 N 130th St, Suite 3, Seattle, WA 98133
Tax Identification Number: 91-0564751
Other Simple Legacy Options
One of the simplest and fastest ways to make a planned gift to Sight Connection is to designate Sight Connection as a beneficiary on a financial account such as:
- IRA or a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k)
- Life insurance policy
- Bank account or certificate of deposit
This type of planned gift usually takes very little time. Simply fill out a Beneficiary Designation Form from the financial institution (often available online) and write Sight Connection, IEN 91-0564751, as a beneficiary. Beneficiary designations enjoy the same estate tax benefits as a will and in some cases can produce income tax savings for your heirs.
Speak to your financial planner or estate attorney about other tax-saving ways to benefit you, your family and Sight Connection.