Give to WSB

The mission of World Services for the Blind is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and around the world to achieve sustainable independence. We help individuals reach their goals through life skills and career training. Although each client's tuition and fees are covered by their states, WSB relies on financial contributions for almost everything else, from computers and other classroom technology to furnishings and appliances for dorms. 

 There are many ways to donate to World Services for the Blind.

 
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Give Online
Click the "Donate" button below to make a gift using your PayPal account, or with any major credit card. 

Give the Old-Fashioned Way
Send a check or money order to:
World Services for the Blind
2811 Fair Park Blvd. 
Little Rock, AR 72204

Give Monthly
Make a recurring monthly donation of $10, $25, $50 or more through our automatic withdrawal program. Click here to download the form, or click below to sign up electronically. 

 

Give Tax-Free Through Your IRA 

This is a giving opportunity for those over 70½. Federal legislation allows you to make tax-free distributions from your IRA directly to a charity, such as World Services for the Blind. This distribution means no increased income or payment of additional tax. This gift must be completed by December 31, 2017, to claim the benefit.

IRA Rollover Qualification: 

  • Donors must be age 70½ or older at the time of transfer.
  • Distributions must be made (1) directly from the trustee (2) directly to the qualified charity.
  • Gifts up to $100,000 are eligible.
  • This qualifies toward the IRA owner's Required Minimum Distributions.
  • Distributions are not included in the owner's adjusted gross income.
  • No taxes are paid on qualified charitable distributions.
  • "Qualified Charitable Contributions" cannot be made from 401(k) or 403(b) accounts and cannot be made to charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities or donor-advised funds.

For planned giving opportunities, please contact our Development Department, or call 501-664-7100. 


The Impact Made By Your Contribution

Expanding Programs

Financial gifts allow WSB to continue to improve upon existing programs and create new ones as well. One of our newest offerings, IT Fundamentals, serves as a stepping stone for clients who are considering enrollment in our intensive tech-oriented Desktop Support Technician I program. 

Building Meaningful Careers

Rebecca Reid came to WSB as a student in 2013. After graduating from the Assistive Technology Instructor program, WSB hired her as an instructor. Today, she continues to give back to the blind and visually impaired community in her role of Director of Recruiting and Retention. 

Teaching the Teachers 

When Vicki Roberts of Kansas City, Missouri, decided she wanted to have a second career as an assistive technology consultant, she came to WSB for our Assistive Technology Instructor. Now, post-graduation, she's able to take the knowledge she gained here and use it to help others in her community. 

Supporting Arkansas' Older Blind Population

World Services for the Blind administers the Older Individuals Who Are Blind (OIB) program for Arkansas' Division of Services for the Blind. OIB offers in-home support to Arkansans ages 55 and older who are losing their sight due to age-related macular degeneration, diabetes and other conditions. Program coordinators do everything from teaching clients to cook again, learn assistive technology and discover new ways to live with their vision impairment.