You can help…

… a visually impaired child learn to read
  • $25 purchases two Braille storybooks
  • $50 sponsors group story time
  • $100 provides a week of instruction to the child and family
… a legally blind man learn to take the bus to college
  • $10 covers bus fare during training
  • $25 purchases a white cane
  • $100 sponsors one lesson of mobility training to start learning bus travel
… a teenager with low vision learn to make dinner
  • $25 purchases food & other supplies
  • $100 provides instruction in kitchen safety
  • $250 sponsors an overnight training activity
… blind senior stay connected
  • $20 covers a month of Dialpad Meetings conference call line (on which we have 15+ weekly support group, wellness, and exercise sessions)
  • $50 sponsors a week of by-phone bingo
  • $250 rents a van to transport seniors on a field trip

Ways to Give

Make a tax-deductible cash donation
Any amount helps us serve babies, adults, and seniors with low vision or blindness.

Make a planned gift
Remember New Vision in your estate plans. Unfortunately, about half of all Americans do not have a will. You can put your affairs in order for those you care about by contacting your attorney or trust officer, who will discuss the many options available to you.

A General Legacy Statement
I devise and bequeath to New Vision for Independence, Inc., a nonprofit agency registered in the State of Florida, the sum of $ ______ (or otherwise describe the gift; often a percentage of the estate is designated) to be used in the furtherance of its mission and general purposes.

Make a donation from our wish list

  • Office supplies, such as printer paper, white cardstock, envelopes of all sizes, address labels
  • Postage stamps
  • Grocery store gift cards

Urgent Need:
New Vision is moving to a new facility by the end of the year – our first time having our own place (and our first time paying for a facility). We are in need of extra donations and support to assist with these new (and sudden) expenses. Can you assist?

Make a memorial or tribute donation
Any gift to New Vision can be specially designated as a tribute in honor of a person or special occasion. Likewise, gifts may be made in memory of a deceased loved one as a way of showing love and respect while helping New Vision’s mission at the same time.

Make a real estate gift
When you make an outright, irrevocable gift of real property to New Vision for Independence, Inc., you may be eligible for a charitable income tax deduction equal to the full, fair market value of the property. You may also save on capital gains and, as well, receive a large charitable deduction.

Make a gift through your retirement plan
If you have accrued funds in a company pension plan or IRA beyond your needs for a secure retirement, you should consider making a gift from your account to New Vision for Independence, Inc. As a side benefit, such a gift may lower estate taxes through the charitable deduction it provides.

Sponsor an event
New Vision is always looking for sponsors of our annual fundraising events, such as Dining in the Dark. Sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000 and each level offers more promotional opportunities.

Purchase the State of Vision specialty license plate
With your purchase of the State of Vision license plate in Lake and Sumter Counties, the $25 extra charge for the plate comes right back to New Vision. To get the tag, you simply bring your current tag to the Lake County Tax Collector’s office and purchase the new tag. You don’t have to wait until your annual renewal because you will get a credit for the unused time on your current tag. You can also purchase a gift certificate for friend and family.

Donate frequent flyer miles and hotel points
Most airlines allow people to use their frequent flier miles to buy tickets or office items for other people.

Redeem credit card points
Turn your unused credit card points into a donation to New Vision. Both American Express and Citicard offer this program.

Florida Solicitation Permit

A copy of the official registration and financial information for New Vision for Independence, a Florida-based nonprofit corporation (registration no. CH 22711), may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Donor Privacy Policy

New Vision for Independence respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these rights. 

Donor information
New Vision collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

Contact information such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

Giving information

Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program information

Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions.

This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes. It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis. Donor names, unless otherwise arranged with the donor, may be listed on our website as a way of showing gratitude.

List sharing
New Vision does not sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization. New Vision never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Discontinuing contact upon request
It is the policy of New Vision to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. New Vision will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization.

New Vision shall maintain a record of all requests by persons who indicate to New Vision for Independence that they do not wish to be contacted by or on behalf of the New Vision.

This policy does not prohibit contact by an individual or group voluntarily soliciting on behalf of the New Vision, even if the person being contacted has requested to be placed on the “do not contact list.”

Upon a person’s (or a person’s authorized representative’s) request that New Vision discontinue further contacts, the person’s name and address will be promptly modified in New Vision’s donor database to ensure that no further contact is made with the person. New Vision will also take steps to ensure that no further contact is made with the individual and that the person’s name is removed from any external databases or records under New Vision’s control.

Donor Bill of Rights

New Vision subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, which was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. 

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.