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Do You Work for the Government? Designate LightHouse as your Combined Federal Campaign or Local Independent Charities Designee

Photo: Group of five blind woodworking students carving a log.

“At LightHouse I had that moment when I thought, ‘yes, I’m blind, but I can do a lot more than I thought I could.’” – David, blind woodworker

As a government employee, you can easily donate to the LightHouse by designating us as your annual workplace giving recipient for the Combined Federal Campaign (for Federal employees) or the Local Independent Charities of America (for state and local government employees).

Annually, LightHouse serves over 3000 people by teaching traditional blindness skills, like white cane travel and braille, and focused classes, like woodworking or technology. One student, David, is following the career path of his father by pursuing a life-long career in woodworking. He and his father were afraid that he wouldn’t be able to work independently. After one week of our intensive woodworking training, David told us, “I’ve learned so many skills in woodworking already, and I can do it safely on my own.”

Giving to programs that support students like David is easy because the Combined Federal Campaign allows employees to elect to give directly to the charity of their choice. Our Combined Federal Campaign number is #17667 (for Federal Employees), and state and local employees can find us under “LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.” (Please note: There are several LightHouses that serve the blind, so be sure to select the LightHouse located in California.)

We hope that you will join our 10,000 individual donors by identifying the LightHouse for the Blind as your choice for the Combined Federal Campaign or Local Independent Charities.

Get a Break on Your Taxes: Contribute to the LightHouse for the Holidays

At LightHouse for the Blind, our teachers are focused on helping students of all ages who are blind or have low vision gain skills and tools for independent living. Beyond that, they help our students build confidence, so they can go out in the world with their white cane (or guide dog) and be active members of society in any way that they desire.

Your contribution helps us provide a range of classes, from cooking without sight to robotics, possible. End of year is a great time to make a charitable donation and receive a deduction in your 2016 taxes.

Support LightHouse for the Blind today and join a passionate community of innovation, mentorship and caring. For 114 years, the LightHouse has been a place where people with low vision or blindness can learn what once seemed impossible. At the LightHouse our students take advantage of life-changing technology, pioneering teaching methods and blind role models.

You can play a critical role in our efforts to improve the lives of children, adults and seniors who are blind. Please donate today!

A reminder for those over 70:

The IRA Rollover allows donors age 70½ and older to make tax-free charitable gifts directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) funds to charitable organizations. Donors may give up to $100,000. In December 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act making the IRA Charitable Rollover a permanent charitable giving incentive.

It’s important  to know that tax rates on appreciated IRAs can be sky-high, but when you donate funds from your IRA none of the donation will be taxed, a particularly-efficient way for donors to help philanthropies.

Please donate today!

You can also make a contribution of any type or learn more about the IRA Rollover by contacting Jennifer Sachs at jsachs@lighthouse-sf.org or 415.694.7333.

Come Have Dinner on Us and Learn Some Estate Planning Techniques that May Benefit You and the LightHouse

Portrait of Michael Bland

You are invited to a LightHouse Legacy Society Event at the new LightHouse building, with special guest presenter Michael Bland. Michael is the principal attorney at Guardian Counsel, PC. and is dedicated to assisting his clients design their family’s estate plans to preserve their personal and financial well-being while planning for the future. Michael is an Eagle Scout and was born and raised in Napa, California.

When: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: the LightHouse Building at 1155 Market Street, Floor 10, San Francisco, 94103
Dinner will be served

Please RSVP to Dagny Brown at 451.694.7311 or dbrown@lighthouse-sf.org.

We want to thank our LightHouse Legacy Society Members for including the LightHouse in their estate plans:

Hank Borenko, Margie Donovan, Joan M. Dove, Robert Ray Foster, Gena Harper and Mike May, Dolores Ippolito, Roger Kallen, Justin Kim, Kuhnle Family Endowment, Jerry Kuns and Theresa Postello, Inez E. Martini, Ann Noble and Goran Muhlert, Robert E. O’Donnell, Alicia Jean Rose, Frederic and Kristine Silva, Richard Stevens and Virginia Behm,  David and Regula Weill, Martin and Rosan Weissman, Jennifer Westbrook, Greg Wong.

You’re invited to an Enchanted Hills Camp Fundraiser Trunk Show at the New LightHouse Building

Shop for a Cause: The Stella & Dot Fundraiser is a Fun Way to Support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind
Join LightHouse Board Member Gena Harper at a Stella & Dot fundraiser at the new Lighthouse Building. Proceeds will go towards the transformative programs of Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind.

Gena says, “As a Stella & Dot stylist I’m offering personalized shopping assistance for accessorizing stylishly. Come get fashionable for the holidays, update your fall wardrobe, or get help with gift giving ideas. Proceeds from the sales will go to Enchanted Hills Camp. We plan to have some fun while we help you get chic for the season!”

Enchanted Hills Camp Fundraiser Trunk Show
Hosted by: Gena Harper and Bindhi Millar
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The LightHouse Building, 1155 Market Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco 94103
Refreshments will be served
Find great holiday presents for your family, friends and yourself.
Win a pair of Aftershocz headphones and other prizes in a raffle

Click here to RSVP.

You don’t have to be present to take part.  Purchase Stella and Dot jewelry and other most popular rings between now and November 15th and proceeds will benefit Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Start shopping here.

It’s Easy to Support the LightHouse through Amazon Smile

SMILE! Do You Ever Order from Amazon? You Can Support the LightHouse While You Shop.

Did you know that Amazon donates 5% of the price of eligible items to the non-profit of your choice if you shop through their special donation portal at smile.amazon.com? Imagine making charitable donations to support the vital work of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired every time you shop. Sign up now before the holiday season has you too busy ordering gifts for your loved ones.

To enroll in the program go to https://smile.amazon.com/. The enrollment process couldn’t be easier and takes less than five minutes. LightHouse appreciates your support of our programs through all channels, including shopping!

Thank You to Our Community Partners

The LightHouse wishes to thank its devoted friends and community partners who have recently shown their support by providing significant funds to help our programs go further and reach higher:

The Alcon Foundation – for Enchanted Hills Camp
The Annunziata Sanguinetti Foundation – for Community Services (SF Youth only) and Enchanted Hills Camp Scholarships
Jennison Assuncion – for Technology Training
Lisa Carvalho and David Mager – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse and General Support
Simon Cherry – For youth scholarships to Enchanted Hills Camp
Core Financial Corporation – to support Yoga at our Changing Vision Changing Life immersion sessions
Delta Gamma Fraternity/UC Davis – Delta Chi Chapter – for Enchanted Hills Camp
Joan Dove – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
The Fong’s Initiative – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Francis North Foundation – for Enchanted Hills Camp
Elizabeth Freer and Michael Headley – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Genentech – for Changing Vision Changing Life programs
Herbst Foundation – for the Herbst 10th Floor Reception and Community Learning Center
Mark Cavagnero Associates – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Mutual of America – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Rotary Club of Napa – for Enchanted Hills Camp through Cycle for Sight 2016
Salesforce – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse and General Support
Michele Spitz – for Superfest and to underwrite tickets to cultural events
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Todd Stevenot and Anne Sandbach – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Toyota Partner Robot Group – for the Innovation Lab Sponsored by Toyota

Donation Spotlight: Other Ways to Give

Photo: LightHouse student Angela Palmer (left) and LightHouse Deaf-Blind Specialist Sook Hee Choi.

Contributing a gift to the LightHouse helps provide unparalleled training and community for people of all ages who are blind. Your support is vital. To make a donation click here.

Another important aspect of LightHouse’s sustainability is Legacy Giving. We ask you to consider naming LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired as a beneficiary of your will or trust. A gift through your estate ensures that your commitment to LightHouse programs for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision will continue beyond your lifetime, and have a lasting impact on LightHouse’s work. For more information on leaving a legacy, click here.

Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, especially those with long-term capital gains, are popular gift assets because they may generate multiple tax benefits. These benefits include a charitable income tax deduction of the stock, bond, or mutual fund’s market value on the date the asset is received by the LightHouse and no capital gains tax on the appreciation. Most stocks are transferred electronically. Talk to your accountant or financial adviser about the benefits such a gift may provide for you.

Have your stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have depreciated? If these types of assets have gone down in value, you may find there is an advantage to selling the stock, bond or mutual fund, recognizing a loss, and then contributing the cash proceeds of the sale to LightHouse for the Blind. An accountant or financial adviser can help you determine the best option for you.

If you have questions or need our account info to transfer assets, you or your broker can contact us at 415.694.7333 or jsachs@lighthouse-sf.org.

Enchanted Hills Receives $30,000 Through Cycle for Sight

PHOTO: Cycle for Sight cyclists ride in line down a country road in Napa.

Enchanted Hills Camp will again reap the benefits of funding made possible through Rotary Club of Napa’s Cycle for Sight 2016 Bike Ride. We’re deeply grateful to the Rotary Club of Napa for their award of $30,000, our share of the proceeds raised by the thousands of cyclists who participated in this year’s event.

Lindy Birkholz, Jada Thomas

PHOTO: Lindy Birkholz (left) and Jada Thomas, who rode tandem for Team LightHouse this year.

Mark Smethers

PHOTO: Team LightHouse’s Mark Smethers raises his arm in triumph as he crosses the finish line.

We also want to thank our wonderful individual fundraisers for bringing in an additional $3,800 in donations. Very special thanks go to Margie Donovan, Olivia Merz, Jacob Obeso, Mandy and Maycie Vorreiter.

Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher said, “Organizing Cycle for Sight is a year-round endeavor for Napa Rotary. I cannot thank them enough. Their commitment and continuous support of Enchanted Hills Camp is truly humbling.”

Save the Date! Cycle for Sight 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. We’d love to see you there.

LightHouse Expands to Support East Bay

Photo: The front of the Ed Roberts Campus.

With the imminent closure of the Lions Center in Oakland, the LightHouse has stepped up to bring services to those who are blind or have low vision in the East Bay. To do this we’ll be expanding the services we offer at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. We sent out a press release earlier in the month and have received the attention of major bay area outlets such as KCBS and the East Bay Times.

Listen to Holly Quan’s report which aired on KCBS on August 29, 2016.

Read the article in the East Bay Times.

Thank You to Our Community Partners

Michele Spitz

Photo: Thank you to Michele Spitz (pictured) for generously donating funds for LightHouse students to attend concerts, museums and participate in some of the Bay Area’s incredible arts events.  Recently the entire Music Academy group of young blind musicians attended a concert by Snarky Puppy at SF Jazz and a LightHouse group will attend the Symphony’s opening concert in early September. Thank you Michele!

The LightHouse wishes to thank its devoted friends and community partners who have recently shown their support by providing significant funds to help our programs go further and reach higher:

The Alcon Foundation – for Enchanted Hills Camp
Lisa Carvalho and David Mager – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse and General Support
Simon Cherry – For youth scholarships to Enchanted Hills Camp
Core Financial Corporation – to support Yoga at our Changing Vision Changing Life immersion sessions
Delong-Sweet Family Foundation – for Enchanted Hills Camp
Delta Gamma Fraternity/UC Davis – Delta Chi Chapter – for Enchanted Hills Camp
Joan Dove – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
The Fong’s Initiative – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Elizabeth Freer and Michael Headley – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Patricia Heim and Sergius Lashutka – for Enchanted Hills Camp
Jerry Kuns and Theresa Postello – for Enchanted Hills Camp and the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Jane and Robert Micks – for general operating support – LightHouse North Coast
Mutual of America – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Fred Ruhland – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Michele Spitz – for Superfest and to underwrite tickets to cultural events
Frederic and Kristine Silva – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Todd Stevenot and Anne Sandbach – for the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse
Telecare Corporation – for Superfest International Disability Film Festival
Toyota Partner Robot Group – for the Innovation Lab Sponsored by Toyota
Workday Foundation – for Enchanted Hills Camp