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We know you’re busy and always on the go – and chances are good that you’re looking at this website on your phone. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we are now offering two new, easier ways to give – whether you’re at the airport, in line at the grocery store, or in the back of a cab! You can make quick donation from your phone through our partner Pocket Cause through this link at any time or by downloading the Pocket Cause app, or via PayPal here or by downloading the PayPal app!

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Donate By Mail
To donate by mail, please make your check payable to:
Prevent Blindness Northern California
550 Kearny Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94108
Donate Stock or Other Securities
PBNC accepts gifts of securities, including donated shares of both publicly and privately held corporations, stock options and shares of mutual funds. To make a gift of securities, please contact Andrew Arnold, Director of Development, at or 415.567.7500 x104.
Beyond Vision Legacy Society
For fifty years Prevent Blindness Northern California has proudly partnered with friends and supporters who value the detection and treatment of children with vision problems – opening up lifetimes of possibilities. Their planned, or legacy gifts, have created a meaningful legacy for PBNC – and for future generations of preschool-aged children to See Well to Learn, to grow and to succeed. The Beyond Vision Legacy Society was established to honor and thank our friends who have included PBNC in their estate plans. You can become a member of the Beyond Vision Legacy Society by letting PBNC know you are doing one of the following:

  • Naming PBNC to receive a bequest in your will;
  • Making a contribution for which you have lifetime income;
  • Making a contribution to PBNC for a number of years,
    after which the assets return to your family;
  • Making a contribution of your residence or other real estate property;
  • Making a contribution of retirement accounts
  • Contributing life insurance; and/or
  • Utilizing any other planned giving instrument of your choice.

Legacy giving is easy to arrange. If you have questions, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you and your estate planning professional to create the best plan for your personal situation. You and your advisors then choose the one that best suits you.

For further information or questions about joining the Beyond Vision Legacy Society, please call Andrew Arnold, Director of Development at (415) 567-7500 x104 or

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Workplace Giving
Matching Gift:
Double your money! Your company may match your gift to PBNC. It is a terrific way to increase your contribution and your impact in our community. Please take a moment to check with your Human Resources website or department to see if your company has a matching gift program. To inquire about workplace giving options or to arrange for your company to be part of our See Well to Learn workplace giving and employer matching gift program, please contact Andrew Arnold, Director of Development, at or 415.567.7500 x104

Companies & Foundations:
Prevent Blindness Northern California would love to work with your corporation, company, business, or foundation to create a mutually beneficial partnership. Please contact Andrew Arnold, Director of Development, at or 415.567.7500 x104.

United Way:
You can make a contribution to Prevent Blindness Northern California at your workplace through the United Way. Simply write in Prevent Blindness Northern California and our account number in the form from the United Way and your donation will be deducted from your paycheck.

Donate to See Well to Learn and PBNC with Donor Advised Funds
You can donate to See Well to Learn and PBNC directly using the DAF Direct widget on this page or by contacting your mutual fund, wealth manager or sponsoring organization and request a grant (donation) be made to PBNC. Below is a brief Q&A on Donor Advised Funds.

Donor Advised Fund Q&A

Q1. What is a Donor‐Advised Fund (DAF)?
A1. A donor‐advised fund (DAF) provides donors with a centralized charitable account. It allows inclined individuals, families and businesses to make an irrevocable gift to a public charity that sponsors a DAF and take an immediate tax deduction. Most DAFs accept cash equivalents, securities, and other assets.

Q2. How does a Donor Advised Fund work?
A2.Donors make an irrevocable, tax‐deductible contribution of cash, long‐term appreciated securities or other assets to a charity that sponsors a DAF program, which then establishes an account in the donor’s name. DAF donors may choose from a variety of investment options and proceeds are put into an account from which donors may make grant recommendations.

Q3. Why do donors choose to have a Donor‐Advised Fund?
A3.Donor Advised Funds offer donors a way to plan, manage and potentially grow their charitable giving. See below for others:

Simplicity – The DAF sponsor handles all record‐keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.
Flexibility– Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
Tax‐efficiency– Contributions are immediately tax‐deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax‐free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.
Family legacy– A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.
No start‐up costs– There is no cost to establish a donor‐advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).
No transaction fees– Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.
Privacy if desired– Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.

Q4. How are sponsoring DAF organizations structured?
A4. The sponsoring organizations of donor‐advised funds are organized as 501(c)(3) public charities.

Q5. How are Donor‐Advised Funds able to provide grants to nonprofits without charging a transaction fee?
A5. Donor‐advised funds generally charge donors a small administrative fee that goes toward operating expenses.

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