Contribution Opportunities

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General Contributions

The National Federation of the Blind of NJ operates on a 100% volunteer basis.  ALL of your donation goes toward supporting our programs for

  • State scholarship program
  • Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy
  • Education and outreach to the community
  • Blind children and youth
  • Newly blinded individuals and their family members
  • Senior blind
  • Blind Veterans
  • and so much more

You can support the work of the organization by making your tax-deductible check out to NFB of NJ and mailing it to:

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey
Brian Mackey, Treasurer
14 Andover Drive
Medford, NJ 08055

Matching Funds

Many employers support their employees’ charity donations by matching a portion of the funds an employee donates. Through these programs, your NFBNJ members, family members, co-workers and neighbors can inquire with the human resources department where employed. Donors can double their gifts to support your efforts to transform the lives of blind students, seniors , support state scholarships, and to assist with our educational and outreach programs in New Jersey. We are asking all who receive this information whether their employers offer gift matching programs. If they don’t know, please inquire with their human resources department. If you need additional information, please contact NFBNJ President Joe Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or NFBNJ Treasurer Brian Mackey at 609-953-6988 or bmackey88@gmail.com.

Amazon Smile Program

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.com. It lets patrons shop for products and donate to their favorite charitable organization. Amazon.com donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations, like the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey (NFBNJ), selected by its customers. To have your Amazon Smile purchases go to the NFBNJ, please visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2716500. To learn more about the Amazon Smile program, please visit www.smile.amazon.com.

Leaving A Legacy

JACOBUS TENBROEK LEGACY SOCIETY

Help build a future full of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member of the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind can be made in the form of a will or a living trust, an income-generating gift, or by naming the NFB as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. You can also become a member of the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society by making a legacy gift to your state affiliate. By committing to support an NFB affiliate, your gift will benefit both local and national programs, since all bequests made to affiliates are split evenly with the NFB national treasury. In addition to having the satisfaction of contributing to the future success of the NFB’s mission, tenBroek Legacy Society members also receive a specially designed thank you gift and other benefits. For additional information, please contact the NFB Jernigan Institute by email at outreach@nfb.org or by telephone at 410-659-9314 x2371. You can also visit the NFB’s Planned Giving page at www.nfb.org/planned-giving.

PAC Plan

The Pre-Authorized Contribution (PAC) Plan is a national program where individuals or organizations can pre-approve a certain amount of funds to be transferred from their bank account into the National Federation of the Blind’s general account. The minimum amount is $5 a month and there is no limit.

The PAC Plan helps with:

  • Distributing free literature
  • Funding the Free White Cane program
  • Funding the Free Slate and Stylus program
  • Funding legal battles
  • Assisting national scholarship programs
  • Funding the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy program
  • Fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs
  • Providing free web hosting for state affiliates through NFBNet

Please download the PAC Plan form to create or increase your monthly PAC contributions. If you have any questions, contact NJ PAC Plan coordinator Brian Mackey at 609-953-6988 or bmackey88@gmail.com. You can also direct questions to Bilinda Hooks in the accounting department at the Jernigan Institute at 410-659-9314 or accounting@nfb.org.

Please watch the below PAC Plan video for additional details on the PAC Plan.

GreenDrop

The National Federation of the Blind has teamed up with GreenDrop to collect donations of clothing and household items. People living in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, and Virginia can donate unwanted items through drop-off locations or by calling for a pick-up from their home or business. The funds raised from this program go to the National Federation of the Blind general fund to support programs for blind STEM students, veterans, and seniors, as well as the ongoing efforts to improve equality for the blind.

Please mark all bags and or boxes with NFB in order for the NFB to receive credit for the donations. The entire listing of accepted items can be found on the GreenDrop website, www.nfbpickup.org. GreenDrop accepts new or gently used items including:

  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Household Items
  • Kitchenware
  • Games/Toys
  • Small Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Sporting Goods
  • Books, CDs & Videos
  • Baby Items

To schedule a pickup, dial 1-888-944-DROP (3767) or visit www.nfbpickup.org. If you have any questions, you can contact the NJ GreenDrop coordinator Linda DeBerardinis at 856-735-5559 or ljdeber3@comcast.net. You can also direct your questions to the NFB GreenDrop coordinator Bridget Burke at 410-659-9314 x2271 or GreenDrop@nfb.org.

GreenDrop locations

You can drop off your GreenDrop donations at one of the following locations:

SPRINGFIELD

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the GreenDrop location in Springfield on August 8th, 2016.
The town officials, GreenDrop administrators, Michael Herman (Governor Livingston High School senior), and Joe Ruffalo (President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey) are proud to cut the ribbon at the GreenDrop Grand Opening in Springfield. Michael is coordinating with his school to collect items to be donated to GreenDrop for credit to the NFB in October 2016.

831 South Springfield Ave
Springfield, NJ 07081

METUCHEN

359 Amboy Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840

CHERRY HILL MAPLE

1060 Maple Ave.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Vehicle Donations

The National Federation of the Blind is continuing to partner with Vehicles for Charity on a vehicle donation program. The NFB’s vehicle donation program accepts almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. All donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on the donor’s federal income tax return, and the NFB receives an average of $360 for each donated vehicle. We need your help for this program to succeed. You can visit the Vehicle Donation Material webpage where you will find ideas on how to share this program with potential donors. Remember, our main job is to let the public know about this vehicle donation program. To help with this mission, you will find flyers, mail inserts, and press releases that can be printed to share with businesses and local media, and you can order materials to be shipped to you. You can also add HTML or a link to the national office donation page to your state and local chapter websites.

Ideas on how to use these materials are included on the website. We also have public service announcements about this program playing on radio stations around the country and available for you to listen to on the website. Contact your local radio stations and provide them with the following link where they can download these PSAs: http://digitalnewsrelease.com/?q=NFB_RadioPSAs.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the NJ Vehicle Donations coordinator Andrew Rees at 732-659-6002 or amrees567@gmail.com. You can also contact the NFB Vehicle Donations coordinator Pattie Chang at 410-659-9314 x2422 or pchang@nfb.org. To donate a vehicle or to learn more, please dial 1-855-659-9314 or visit www.carshelpingtheblind.org.

Tax Deductible Contributions

Contributions to the GreenDrop program, Vehicle Donation program, and the Pre Authorized Contribution (PAC) Plan are tax deductible. All checks received as contributions to the NFBNJ are also tax deductible.

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075
Email: nfbnj1@verizon.net

Coming Soon

Capital Chapter Baseball Fundraiser

June 11, 2017
1:00 PM
Arm and Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cross street: Lamberton Street
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NFB National
Convention

July 10 through 15, 2017
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

2017 NJ BELL
Academy

July 17 to 28, 2017
9 AM to 3 PM
Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.
101 First Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

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