this is the donate page of the blind service association website.

donate

how to donate

Blind Service Association (BSA) helps over 1200 blind and visually impaired people annually to live more independent lives. Your gift to BSA will help us to carry on the programs and services that BSA clients rely on to help them achieve their goals. Blind Service Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization.

If you would like more information on the many ways to make a gift to Blind Service Association please contact us. We are always available to discuss your options confidentially and without any obligation. If you would like to make a cash gift today please donate online or contact us by phone or e-mail. Donations by mail should be sent to the address below. Thank you for helping BSA to carry on the programs and services that means so very much to our clients.

donating online

our phone number

312-236-0808

our address

Blind Service Association
17 North State Street, Suite 1050
Chicago, Illinois 60602

stocks

Not only are gifts of stock, bonds or mutual funds greatly appreciated at BSA, but it may help you avoid paying capital gain taxes as well as receiving an income tax deduction on the full market value of your gift.

Please contact our Executive Director, Debbie Grossman (email) at 312-236-0808 or for further information or to complete this transaction.

bequests

Remembering Blind Service Association in your will or living trust is a way to honor BSA, its clients and its future. Bequests to Blind Service Association may include cash, securities, real estate and personal property such as valuable collections, art and jewelry.

There are various ways to set up your bequest.

specific bequest

This is a specific dollar amount, percentage of the estate or property to be bequeathed.

Suggested language for a specific bequest in your will may read "I give and bequest to Blind Service Association, 17 N. State Street #1050, Chicago, Illinois 60602, FEIN #36-2240484 the sum of $_________ to be used for general purposes (or state a specific program)."

residuary bequest

This is the residuary or left-over property remaining in the estate after all the specific gifts notified in the will were made and expenses have been paid off.

Suggested language for a residuary bequest in your will may read "I give the residuary and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to Blind Service Association, 17 N. State Street #1050, Chicago, Illinois 60602, FEIN #36-2240484 for its general purposes (or state a specific program)."

contingency bequest

This allows you to leave the portion of your estate to Blind Service Association only if your named beneficiary does not survive you.

Suggested language for a contingency bequest may read "In the case where my (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, I bequeath my residual estate to Blind Service Association, 17 N. State Street, #1050, Chicago, Illinois 60602, FEIN #36-2240484 for its general purposes (or state a specific program)."

wish list

To help defray the costs of office supplies or other essentials at Blind Service Association your support with the following in kind donations are greatly appreciated.

  • 2010 WINDOWS COMPUTER
  • GROUND COFFEE
  • COFFEE CREAMER
  • NAPKINS AND PAPER TOWELS
  • 5 OUNCE PAPER CUPS
  • SUGAR
  • SWEET AND LOW OR EQUAL
  • PAPER PLATES (LARGE AND SMALL)
  • 8.5" BY 11" COPY PAPER (500 COUNT REAMS)
  • 8.5" BY 11 1/2 CARD STOCK PAPER
  • WHITE OUT
  • 10 PLAIN WHITE ENVELOPES
  • FOREVER STAMPS
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES

tributes and memorials

You can honor or remember family and friends with a meaningful gift to Blind Service Association by sending a personalized calligraphed tribute card for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and memorials.

To make a gift please call the office at 312-236-0808 or download the on-line form and send to: Blind Service Association, 17 N. State Ste. 1050 Chicago, IL 60602.