To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence, to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields
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Miami Lighthouse Needs You

Help Us in a Way That's Suitable for You

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Your support makes it possible to provide free programs and services that empower people of all ages -from infants to older adults- to overcome the challenges of blindness and vision impairment.

Memorial or Tribute Donations

Any gift to the Miami Lighthouse can be specially designated as a tribute in honor of a person or special occasion (e.g., birthday or wedding anniversary).

Gifts also may be made in memory of a deceased loved one. Such commemorative gifts help fund our transformative vision rehabilitation programs.

Tributes and memorial gifts acknowledged in our newsletter (unless donors desire anonymity).

Planned Giving Guide

Remember Miami Lighthouse in Your Estate Plans - Join the Helen Keller Legacy Society. To include Miami Lighthouse in your will call CEO Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176 to discuss estate planning gifts.

Your IRA Account and Tax Free Giving

Want to get the most value from your nest egg, protect yourself and your heirs from heavy taxes and help Miami Lighthouse serve the increasing number of blind and visually impaired from babies to adults?

If you are 70-1/2 years or older, you can avoid paying income tax on your IRA distribution by making the distribution directly to Miami Lighthouse.

For more information call CEO Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176. Please contact your tax advisor before making the IRA gift.

Stock or Other Marketable Securities

Call CEO Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176 if you would like to discuss using stock or other marketable securities to make a gift to Miami Lighthouse.

Contribute by Mail

Click here to print a donation. Send the completed form and your check or money order to:

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Inc.
Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Campus
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

To make a donation by phone, please call 786.362.7510.


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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following



Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse received the coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

The Children's Trust

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.


Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)


Florida Blue Foundation

Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

The Beacon Council

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

Marlins Charity Partner

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

United Homecare

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare's 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Business Journal

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".


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