Building a Legacy of Learning for Students with Visual Impairment:

    Planned Giving Provides Unique Opportunities for Donors and Students

    Although regular cash contributions derived from annual fundraising initiatives are vital to our organization, planned gifts provide creative and flexible options that can benefit you, your loved ones and the School’s Mission to help foster maximum independence for children and young adults with visual impairment.

    Planned giving is a process of charitable, legal, financial, and tax planning that enhances your philanthropy and enables you to address other financial and estate planning concerns while making a difference in the lives of the deserving boys and girls we are privileged to serve. A thoughtful planned gift enables charitable donations at a level that you might not have thought possible, while maximizing tax benefits for you and your family.                

    Planned gifts include bequests through wills, life income plans ( such as pooled income funds, annuities, and remainder trusts), as well as lead trusts, real estate, tangible personal property, stock, and life insurance. Each gift option offers various benefits and enables donors the chance perpetuate their legacy of philanthropic values. No matter the size of your gift, your contribution is an investment in our students, staff and families – an investment that yields one of the greatest possible returns: an education that lasts a lifetime. For additional information about planned gifts and other ways to support the School, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 412-621-0100 or email prittsj@wpsbc.org.
    Jane Homes

    On June 1, 2010 Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, named Pittsburgh the most charity-conscious city in the nation.  In fact, since the early nineteenth century, our area’s residents have been on the forefront of philanthropy. The history of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children reflects this tradition of generosity as it was founded by money bequeathed in 1885 by a woman named Jane Holmes who felt that blind children needed and deserved special educational and vocational opportunities. Jane and other early advocates built a permanent home for their school in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh for the purpose of establishing an institution for the blind on land donated by another active philanthropist, Mary E. Schenley.

    Mary Schenley
    Today, supporters of our School continue this legacy by honoring our students with financial assistance, volunteerism and encouragement.  The School’s perpetual Bequest List,” published in each year our Annual Report, is intended to be a memorial to the generosity of those benefactors who have made provisions for the School in their estate planning. These vital and meaningful planned gifts underscore the donor’s commitment to the organization’s long –term success. 

    Through such bequests, the School’s endowment fund has grown.  The annual income enables the School to continue its tradition of excellence to children with disabilities. Without the availability of revenue from private sources, the School would be unable to operate educational programs which meet the needs of a group of very deserving girls and boys.