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Your donation will make a big difference to people with vision loss. More than 25 percent of BVRS’ operating budget comes from contributions. BVRS accepts unrestricted gifts to the general fund as well as gifts that are specifically designated to any of our programs and services.

You may be interested in becoming a BVRS Philanthropist! Read about our Gift Societies and other ways to support the agency. In addition, other methods of giving that are listed below.

Memorial Contributions  Any gift may be designated as a memorial or honorary gift. When making a gift in memory of someone who has passed away please include the name of the person and the family contact name and address. We will contact the family to share with them your thoughtfulness. Memorial donations totaling $250 or more receive special recognition on BVRS’ Memorial Wall. This lovely display of inscribed bronze leaves is prominently located in the Homestead lobby.

Honor a Special Occasion  A donation to BVRS may be made in the name of a person whose birthday, anniversary, accomplishment, or other significant achievement you wish to commemorate. Please include the name and address of the person you are honoring along with the occasion or reason for the gift. We will send a letter to notify the honoree of your tribute.

United Way Donor Choice  To support BVRS through the Allegheny County United Way Donor Choice plan, select designation number 885171. Be sure to check the box on the form that will allow United Way to release your name so we can thank you for your contribution.

Matching Gifts  Ask if your employer has a matching gifts program. Retirees are often included. Your gift can double or triple with a matching donation from your employer and is very much appreciated!

Vehicle Donation Program  Donating your old vehicle to BVRS is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used car or truck will make a big difference in supporting us. All you need to do is to complete our simple online form or call 1-866-628-2277 and we’ll take care of the rest. We will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you. Call 1-866-628-2277 or online at Vehicle Donation Program.

BVRS is a 501©3 nonprofit organization registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations. To receive a copy of the official registration and financial information, please call 800-732-0999 within Pennsylvania or visit