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If you are among the individuals and organizations who donate to
support the Low Vision Center, we thank you very much. It is
through your generosity that we continue to provide
our services at no charge to our clients.
The Low Vision Center does not charge for its services, and depends
on contributions from people like you to pay the rent and meet its
other expenses. You can donate money to
LVC by mail or online.
LVC can also accept certain in-kind donations.
Be sure to also see the section below about
merchants who will donate to LVC when you buy
their products or use their web site.
The Low Vision Center is a501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
- By mail
Make your check payable to "Low Vision Center" and mail it to:
The Low Vision Center
4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 504
Bethesda, MD 20814
Select the "Donate Now"
button on any page of the LVC
web site or right here:
You can donate through either the PayPal Giving Fund
or through Network For Good. These "donor advised
funds" accept and process your donation, issue you
a receipt for your tax records, and then distribute
your donation to the charity you select.
Network For Good charges a small administrative fee
for processing your
donation, as explained on their web site.
Currently the expenses of the PayPal Giving
Fund are borne by PayPal, so that 100% of
your donation reaches LVC.
When you donate through
Network For Good, you can specify whether or not
your name and contact information are released to
LVC. The PayPal Giving Fund will always
tell us your name, but yu can decide whether we
get any of your contact information.
LVC accepts donations of equipment that can be of use to people with low vision,
such as CCTV systems or
high power magnifiers. Usually we offer donated equipment for sale
to our clients and use the proceeds to help defray our operating expenses.
Please call us at 301-951-4444 to arrange an in-kind donation.
This web page is intended to solicit donations only in locations where LVC is legally
entitled to make such solicitations. LVC is registered in and can
solicit donations in the State of Maryland. Of course, we are happy
to accept unsolicited donations from anyone.
In appreciation of your annual contribution of $100 or more, we would
be pleased to list you or your business or organization as a sponsor
on the web page of your choice on this web site. (There is a limit
of three sponsors per page, first come, first served.) Your
sponsorship listing can include your logo or other small graphic
(3600 pixels maximum) and can be a hyperlink to the web site of your
choice. (To make our site less
attractive to link-spammers, links to
sponsors are coded as "nofollow." We reserve the right to refuse graphics
or links to content that is unlawful, harmful,
threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory,
vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's
privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or
If you would like to sponsor one of our web pages, enclose
a note with your donation or call us to discuss details.
Some retailers and web sites will donate to a
charity of your choice in appreciation of your
buying their products or using their service,
at no additional cost to you. Here are
some programs in which the Low Vision Center
GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com
Internet search site. The search results
are the same ones you'd get from Yahoo search,
but every time you do a search (with a few
exceptions) GoodSearch.com will credit a small
donation to the charity of your choice.
Be sure to select the Low Vision Center of
Montgomery County as your chosen charity the
first time you visit the site. If you
use more than one computer, or more than one
web browser, select LVC once from each computer
Note: after you select a charity at GoodSearch.com,
you will be prompted to register. This is
optional. Donations will be credited to
your selected charity whether or not you
choose to register and provide your e-mail
Another note: GoodSearch displays the search
results by "framing" results from Yahoo.
The security settings of some web browsers
don't allow this kind of framing. If
your browser won't display the search results,
you may have to adjust your browser's security
settings, or just find another way to support
the Low Vision Center.
GoodShop.com, an associated web site, is a
shopping portal which provides coupons and
links to merchants who will donate
a portion of your purchase price to your
selected charity, at no additional cost to
you. Selecting LVC as your charity for
GoodSearch.com will also select us for
GoodShop.com. If you're going
shopping on the Internet, check whether
GoodShop.com has a deal from your preferred
The Amazon Smile Program
If you buy from Amazon.com, begin your
shopping trip at
instead of "www.amazon.com". Your shopping
experience will be the same, but Amazon will
donate a fraction of the price of your eligible
purchases to a charity of your choice.
Select LVC as your chosen charity the first time
you visit smile.amazon.com, or
Remember you must start at
"smile.amazon.com" each time
you shop at Amazon in order for donations to
accumulate. Your choice of charity
is recorded in your Amazon account and
will remain effective until you change
it, even if you use a different
browser or computer.