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$500 can provide escorted shopping services for 8 individuals who want to maintain their independence.

$200 can give a person who is blind 4 sessions of orientation and mobility instruction in using a white cane.

$100 can provide 2 computer adaptive training sessions in our Computer Technology Center.

$50 can underwrite 25 pages of Braille for a student.



Giving Options

Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ASB) is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization, and qualifies for charitable gifts from individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations.

You have the power to make a genuine difference and touch the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired with a personal legacy of caring through your financial support.  Your tax-deductible gift will enable ASB to continue to provide programs and services that promote independence and self-determination among the blind and visually impaired.

Outright gifts such as cash, check, credit card or securities in all amounts are the most valuable gift you can make.  A gift receipt is sent so that you may take a charitable income tax deduction for your donation.  You don’t have to use cash to make your gift.  Outright gifts of securities (stocks and bonds) or real property offer significant tax savings, too.


  Donate Online: The fastest and easiest way to give is through our secure online donations system.  To help facilitate your donation transaction, we offer the secure option of PayPal for all one-time gifts.  If you would like to set up a recurring donation, please call us to make arrangements.  When you click the button below, you will be taken to a secure section of our site where you can enter an amount and even designate an area or program that you would like to support.


Controller: Joyce Robertson

  Donate by Mail/Phone: A gift by check/money order should be made payable to Associated Services for the Blind, Inc. (ASB) and mailed to:


Associated Services for the Blind, Inc.
c/o Development Department
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-627-0600 ext. 3239 for assistance



  Donate by Credit/Debit Card: You can make a gift by credit/debit card on-line or by calling 215-627-0600 ext. 3239. Our Development Staff will be happy to assist you.

Other ways of Giving:

   Matching Gifts: Many ASB supporters and their spouses work for companies with matching gift programs; check with your company’s Human Resources Department for more information and a form.  Matching gifts can double your outright cash gift.

   Memorials or Tributes: Give in memory of an individual who has passed on or in honor of a loved one celebrating a special occasion with a gift in any amount to ASB.

  United Way: You can designate your United Way gift to assist us in our mission by using ASB’s donor option #02541.

  Combined Federal Campaign: State and federal employees can designate gifts to help us reach our goals by using ASB’s CFC donor option #98614.


Gifts for ASB’s Future: Consider making a gift that will provide for ASB’s future while maintaining your financial security today.


      Bequests and Charitable Estate Planning: Designate ASB as a recipient in your will.

      Retirement Plan Gifts: Designate ASB as a beneficiary of an IRA or other retirement plan.

      Life Insurance Gifts: Designate ASB as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.


For more information, please contact the Development Department at 215-627-0600 ext. 3220 or e-mail me Joyce Robertson.

Associated Services for the Blind (ASB) is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advisory services.  For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney, or other professional advisor should be obtained.  The purpose of this publication is to provide accurate and authoritative information of a general character only.  Watch for tax revisions.  State laws govern wills, trusts, and charitable gifts made in contractual agreements.  Advice from legal counsel should be sought when considering these types of gifts.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free, within PA, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

PLEASE NOTE: All information sent to through our online donations system is encrypted, protecting it from unintended recipients. You can submit sensitive data such as credit card details and personal information with the assurance that your transaction is secure and remains private.

Please see our Online Privacy Policy here.


Ten Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions


IRS Tax Tip 2010-60

When preparing to file your federal tax return, don’t forget your contributions to charitable organizations. If you made qualified donations last year, you may be able to take a tax deduction if you itemize on IRS Form 1040, Schedule A.

The IRS has put together the following 10 tips to help ensure your contributions pay off on your tax return.

  1. Contributions must be made to qualified organizations to be deductible. You cannot deduct contributions made to specific individuals, political organizations and candidates.
  2. You cannot deduct the value of your time or services. Nor can you deduct the cost of raffles, bingo or other games of chance.
  3. If your contributions entitle you to merchandise, goods or services, including admission to a charity ball, banquet, theatrical performance or sporting event, you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.
  4. Donations of stock or other property are usually valued at the fair market value of the property. Special rules apply to donation of vehicles.
  5. Clothing and household items donated must generally be in good used condition or better to be deductible.
  6. Regardless of the amount, to deduct a contribution of cash, check, or other monetary gift, you must maintain a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written communication from the organization containing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution and amount of the contribution. For donations by text message, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the organization receiving your donation, the date of the contribution, and the amount given.
  7. To claim a deduction for contributions of cash or property equaling $250 or more you must have a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written acknowledgment from the qualified organization showing the amount of the cash and a description of any property contributed, and whether the organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift. One document may satisfy both the written communication requirement for monetary gifts and the written acknowledgement requirement for all contributions of $250 or more.
  8. If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you must complete and attach IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, to your return.
  9. Taxpayers donating an item or a group of similar items valued at more than $5,000 must also complete Section B of Form 8283, which requires an appraisal by a qualified appraiser.
  10. To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A.

For more information on charitable contributions, refer to Form 8283 and its instructions, as well as Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. For information on determining value, refer to Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. These forms and publications are available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).


Source: www.irs.gov

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