More Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities  BVRS offers numerous support opportunities for businesses and corporations. Monetary donations through corporate giving and matching gifts programs are greatly appreciated.

Cause-Related Marketing  BVRS is open to partnerships that provide opportunities for companies to reach business objectives while participating in a program with one of Pittsburgh’s well known, long-standing, non-profit organizations.

Seeing with the Heart braceletn designed for BVRSFor example, BVRS has teamed with Rachel’s Cure by Design, a social enterprise that donates a portion of its proceeds from handmade jewelry to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rachel’s offers a Seeing with the Heart bracelet — designed specifically for us — with proceeds going to both BVRS and JDRF.

If your company is interested in exploring a Cause Related Marketing partnership to achieve your sales, marketing or public relations goals, please contact the Development Department, 412-368-4400.

Corporate Sponsorship  BVRS offers sponsorship opportunities for several special events throughout the year. Sponsorship packages vary according to event and giving level. Visit our calendar of events for more information.

In-Kind Donations  BVRS welcomes donations of items that can be used by the agency. An example is books on tape that are loaned to consumers and staff members.

Donated merchandise and gift certificates are always appreciated for prizes and auction items for our special event fundraisers.

Planned Gifts  We offer a wide range of opportunities for those who wish to make planned gifts. We are grateful for supporters who keep us in mind when preparing their wills. The proper wording for a bequest is as follows:

Bequests

“I give, devise and bequeath to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation with offices located at 1800 West Street, Homestead, Pennsylvania 15120, county of Allegheny the sum of $___ to be administered by the said Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh for persons with disabilities.”

Insurance  Very often policies have outlived their usefulness as a means of security. If you no longer need a policy, you may donate it by naming BVRS as a beneficiary. You may receive income tax benefits as well.

Gifts of Real Estate  You can make a gift of personal property, including real estate such as a residence, vacation home, or condominium. You may continue to use the residence and you may realize a sizable income tax reduction as well.

Charitable Remainder Trusts  Trusts can provide an opportunity to receive income for life, avoid capital gains tax, reduce income and estate taxes, secure benefits for children and grandchildren, and make a significant gift to charity. There are several types of trusts including a “unitrust” which pays a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust and the “annuity” which pays a fixed dollar amount each year. In both, the charity receives the remaining interest upon the death of you or your spouse.

Charitable Lead Trust  This tool is designed to reduce taxes of the estate left by the deceased. BVRS would receive income from assets that a donor places in a trust for a specific period of time. At the end of the trust term, the assets and any growth they have realized are passed to the donor’s heirs.

For more information about Planned Gifts please contact us at 412-368-4400 ext. 2253. You may call 1-800-706-5050 for a toll free call within Pennsylvania.