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Help Build the New LightHouse for the 21st Century

Join LightHouse in building a new West Coast Center of Excellence at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco!

LightHouse board members, CEO, and Director of Development post for groundbreaking ceremony at 1155 Market Street, September 2015Imagine a space designed by the blind for the blind, with carefully crafted details, using acoustics, tactile cues and targeted lighting to facilitate multi-sensory navigation. The new headquarters will feature dedicated accessible fitness and art rooms, a 12-person blindness skills training kitchen, a blind technology demo lab and a volunteer center, all just 15 steps from a BART and MUNI station.

What sets the new LightHouse apart are onsite student residences, so families and individuals can come and stay for intensive training. This is enabling us to expand our geographic range and the depth of our services. From seniors experiencing macular degeneration to children starting life with diminished vision, our new building will accommodate all ages and allow us to triple the number of people we serve. Located in the center of San Francisco’s burgeoning mid-market tech community, LightHouse is perfectly situated to be in the forefront of the development of new technologies. Our tech neighbors find in the new LightHouse a place to connect and a partner to make the world a more accessible place.

You are Vital

LightHouse needs to reach a $5 million goal to help pay for our dramatic expansion of capabilities. We can’t achieve this goal without you. Your generosity will enable us to serve 10,000 blind and visually impaired people every year and bring the most innovative technology and pioneering teaching methods to people from all over the world.

Help us meet the needs of the blind community into the next century and beyond.

There are still naming opportunities, planned giving options and your chance to be highlighted on a prominent donor wall in Braille and print. Many naming opportunities have been taken at this time but a few desirable opportunities still remain.

Many individuals, corporations and foundations have rooms at the new LightHouse which will bear a their name in perpetuity, whether their own or in honor of someone special. Naming opportunities are in the range from $10,000 for smaller spaces to $1 million pledges for an entire floor naming. So far the following spaces have been named:

  • Dove’s Nest Craft Studio
  • Betty Ruhland Teaching Kitchen
  • Harold S. Dobbs Board Conference Room
  • Herbst 10th Floor Reception and Community Learning Center
  • Joseph K. Chan Low Vision Clinic
  • Kebbel Family Tech Labs #1, #2, #3
  • Mutual of America Staff Lounge
  • Bill Gerrey, WA6NPC Amateur Radio Station
  • Polara Video Conference Center
  • Susan O’Sullivan Room in memory of Audrey Baker
  • US Bank Finance Suite
  • Winifred Downing Braille Room
  • Gena Harper and Mike May Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat Office
  • Jerry Kuns and Theresa Postello Tactile Graphics Lab
  • Michael and Leslye Dellar Executive Suite
  • Hilda Angelica Cavagnero Student Kitchen
  • Erman Vincent Cavagnero Student Residence
  • DPR 955 Conference Room
  • Mike Cole Recording Studio
  • Toyota Innovation Lab

Still available for naming:

  • Fitness Center
  • Student Lounge and Kitchen
  • Volunteer Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Access Technology Demo Lab
  • 925 Executive Conference Room
  • Central Integrating Stairwell
  • Employment Immersion Office
  • 11th Floor Student Immersion Floor
  • 9th Floor Executive and Volunteer Floor

To make a contribution click here and choose the designation, “Capital Campaign-Build a 21st Century LightHouse.” For more info contact our Director of Development Jennifer Sachs at 415.694.7333 or

501(c)(3) Tax ID:  94-1415317