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

PayPal Donations

Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you wish the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don’t have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation to NFBNJ via PayPal, please visit our PayPal Donations page.

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.

Thrivent’s Choice Dollars donations can help NFB

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial and eligible to direct Choice Dollars? With Thrivent Choice, you can recommend where some of Thrivent Financial’s charitable outreach funds go. Choice Dollars funds can make a world of difference to the NFB. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent Choice to learn more and find program terms and conditions, or contact Nathan Beattie, Financial Associate, at 515-276-1527, extension 228, or nathan.beattie@thrivent.com.

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 National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute at 410-659-9314 or accounting@nfb.org.

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

Leaving A Legacy

Dream Makers Circle

You can help build a future of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member of our Dream Makers Circle. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind or the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey can be made in the form of a will, or living trust, an income generating gift, or by naming us as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, IRA, pension, or a life insurance policy. You can designate a specific amount, a percentage, or list NFB as one of several beneficiaries. For additional information, please contact Patti Chang at (410) 659-9314, extension 2422 or at pchang@nfb.org.

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.

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:

CHERRY HILL MAPLE

1060 Maple Ave.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

METUCHEN

359 Amboy Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840

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

Vehicle Donations

The National Federation of the Blind uses car donations to improve the education of blind children, distribute free white canes, help veterans, and so much more. We have partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. Just call toll-free (855) 659-9314, and a representative can make arrangements, or you can donate online by visiting www.nfb.org/vehicledonations.

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.

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

9th Annual After the Holidays Party

January 6, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall
94 Bridge Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
Cross Street: Belleville Avenue
Access Link accessible

2018 NFB Washington Seminar

January 29 to February 1, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

PayPal Donations

Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you wish the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don't have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation to NFBNJ via PayPal, please visit our PayPal Donations page.

White Cane Awareness Day: teach the world about what the white cane means to blind people

White canes help blind people live the lives we want. The white cane does more than tell the sighted that we’re blind; it is a tool for freedom and self-determination because it allows blind people to come and go on our own. Since we can travel safely and independently, we can contribute in the workplace, in our communities, and in society. Celebrate White Cane Awareness Day on October 15 by giving the gift of independence. To learn more, please visit www.nfb.org/white-cane-awareness-day. If you wish to make a donation during White Cane Day, please visit www.nfb.org/donate2017.