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Be a vision support champion in our community!

Make a Gift

 

Donate to the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) to champion vision health in our community.

Cash:
Gifts of cash are the easiest way to support the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. Besides writing a check, donating a maturing CD or income tax return may be an attractive way to give.

By Mail:
Please download, print, and complete this donation form. Then mail the completed form with your check to:
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002

By Phone:
Call Nick Farano, Senior Director of Development at (202) 234-1010, ext. 224 to make a secure credit card donation over the phone.

Pledges:
Donors can often maximize the impact of their gift by spreading payments over time. Consider a three to five-year pledge to take advantage of a naming opportunity or fund an endowed account.

Donor-Advised Fund:
It’s simple to recommend a grant to our organization from a donor-advised fund. Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a designation through this DAF Direct link. Our tax identification number is 53-0204690.

Donor-advised fund checks should be mailed to:
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002

Appreciated Securities:
Giving stocks that have appreciated in value allows you to claim a charitable deduction for the full market value of the donated securities on the date of the gift. You can also avoid capital gain tax on any appreciation, and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington realizes the full value of your gift. To donate a gift of appreciated securities, please download, print, and complete this form. Then mail the completed form to:
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002

IRA Rollovers:
If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can direct up to $100,000 per year from your pre-tax retirement fund to POB without that distribution being subject to federal income tax. This is a tax advantage that any donor can make use of to lessen the cost of giving. Note that the charitable transfer must come directly from your retirement account to the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington to qualify. Your fund manager will know the details of making a gift of this kind. 

IRS regulation updates in 2022 allow any taxpayer to make a one-time maximum transfer of $50,000 to a qualified Charitable Remainder Trust, or Charitable Gift Annuity, count towards the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), and not be taxed on transfer. This special withdrawal can only be done once during the lifetime of an IRA owner. Making a gift through this arrangement can be beneficial if the owner wishes to make a gift while retaining life income, and does not need the RMD for current living expenses. 

For more information, contact:
Nick Farano, Senior Director of Development
(202) 234-1010, ext. 224
nfarano@youreyes.org

 
 

Bequests:
Adding POB to your will as a primary, percentage recipient, or residual beneficiary will commemorate your lifetime of service to our community and fund needed programs when you have passed.

Sample Language:
“I give… (the sum of $____) or (____% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) to the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, a Washington, DC non-profit corporation and tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, located at 415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002 (Federal Tax ID# 53-0204690), to be used (for its general purposes) or (to support the following programs).”

Beneficiary Designations:
You can designate POB as a direct beneficiary on a savings, investment, or retirement account upon your death. In this way, these funds are not included in your taxable estate.

Retirement Assets:
Pre-tax retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 403 accounts, can be given directly to POB upon your death instead of being subject to taxation on your estate tax return. These assets can flow directly to POB and bypass your estate, maximizing your charitable gift and minimizing your estate tax bill.

Life Insurance:
If you have a paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need, it can be donated to POB to make a significant testamentary gift. Alternatively, POB can be named as the beneficiary (primary, secondary, or proportional) on an existing policy.

Charitable Annuities and Trusts:
There are sophisticated mechanisms to make a gift to POB, retain a stream of income for a period of years or a lifetime, and leave the remainder as a lasting memorial. We stand ready to discuss how you can be a visionary donor!

For more information, contact:
Nick Farano, Senior Director of Development
(202) 234-1010, ext. 224
nfarano@youreyes.org

 
 

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours completed by their employees. The impact of your gift to the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your company’s human resources department.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):
Through the Combined Federal Campaign, millions of federal employees are solicited to donate to eligible organizations. You can designate the POB as the recipient of your generosity using CFC number 66323 on your pledge forms.

United Way:
United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA) makes it possible for employees to contribute to causes that are important to them through payroll-deduction donations. Through your workplace giving program, you can designate your payroll-deducted donations to the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. POB’s United Way NCA designation code is #8169. Check with your human resources department to learn more.

For more information, contact:
Nick Farano, Senior Director of Development
(202) 234-1010, ext. 224
nfarano@youreyes.org

 
 

Please contact Nick Farano at (202) 234-1010, ext. 224 or nfarano@youreyes.org.

Ways to Volunteer

 

Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) is rewarding, flexible, and fun. Many of our volunteer opportunities provide you with the chance to work with a group of like-minded individuals toward a common goal. When you volunteer, you’re providing invaluable support for our organization’s mission to improve  and preserve sight and quality of life!

For Eye Care Professionals

 
 

 

Would you like to make a difference in eye health for individuals in need and make your community a better place to live? The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) offers volunteer opportunities for interested eye care professionals. Volunteering with us is incredibly rewarding, flexible, and fun. Eye care professionals are the key that allows POB to offer these vital community programs!

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Our Partners

 

Through volunteer experiences and funding, our corporate and foundation supporters help us leverage and grow our resources. This support helps us to provide services and education, and champion healthy vision and innovation to everyone in our area.

Look Again® Resale Shops

Whether you’re shopping or donating, you’re a champion for healthy vision!

Many of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB)’s vital, community-based programs are supported through the operation of our resale shops in Maryland and Virginia. Our shops accept donations of gently used household items such as antiques, furniture, home decor, collectibles, clothing, books, and other items. Our inventory changes daily — each visit to our shops is a treasure hunt!

 
 
 

Look Again Resale Shop
Alexandria, Virginia

Since 1992, Look Again Resale Shop in Alexandria, Virginia has been a must-see on Old Town’s King Street mile! This multilevel boutique is known for having unique household items that add a vintage element to any home, as well as a popular clothing section!

Look Again Alexandria was named as one of “The Top 10 Thrift Stores for Home Decor in the DC Metro Area” by Capitol Vintage Charm.

 
 
 
 

900 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-2558

Hours:
Monday – Friday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday:
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday:
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Photo of the Alexandria, VA Look Again Resale Shop
 
 
 

Look Again Resale Shop
Kensington, Maryland

Look Again Resale Shop is Kensington’s most unique resale shop! It’s located behind Howard Avenue Park on Kensington Antique Row, the metropolitan area’s largest and oldest antiquing district.

 
 
 
 
 

3716 Howard Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 942-4707

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Photo of the Look Again Resale Shop in Kensington, MD