Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has received its ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. a distinction achieved by only 1% of all charities in the United States, and is currently the only not-for-profit organization in Miami-Dade County to attain this highly coveted status. This consistent record of recognition by America’s premier evaluator of charitable organizations reflects Miami Lighthouse’s long-term commitment to providing the highest level of service to our 15,000 clients and the highest degree of value to our donors.
In the entire United States of the approximately 8,000 charities evaluated each year by Charity Navigator only 39 have received nine or more consecutive 4-star ratings. When making your contribution you can be confident that your philanthropic investment will be used wisely.
To view the Miami Lighthouse page on Charity Navigator click here.
Commissioner Sally Heyman Congratulates Miami Lighthouse on Receiving 9th Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
The Dr. David W. Sime Eye Care Fund at Miami Lighthouse will support free eye care for underserved children in Miami-Dade County. Contributions made to this fund in Dr. Sime’s memory will be earmarked for our Heiken Children’s Vision Program which provides a free comprehensive eye examination and glasses when needed for underserved children who fail their school vision screening and have no resources for eye care. Since in 1992 more than 100,000 children without insurance have received exams, with 80% requiring prescription glasses. Each year more than 200 children are referred to a specialist medical intervention. Your gift will be a tribute to Dr. Sime who provided ophthalmological evaluations to needy children.
To contribute to the Dr. David W. Sime Eye Care Fund:
1. Click on the orange “Donate Now” button
2. Fill in dollar amount
3. In the “Description” box, fill in “ Dr. David W. Sime Eye Care Fund”.
How will your contribution help?
Seventy-four percent of parents of students who responded to our recent market research survey said that their child had improved academically because of the glasses provided to them at no cost by this program.
For more information contact Virginia Jacko at 305.856.4176.
Making a tax deductible contribution is a click away:
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.
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).
Likewise, gifts may be made in memory of a deceased loved one as a way of showing love and respect while helping fund the Lighthouse's important vision rehabilitation programs.
These gifts are acknowledged in our newsletter (unless donors desire
To discuss any of the planned giving options below, please call Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176.
Remember Miami Lighthouse in Your Estate Plans – Join the Helen Keller Legacy Society. To include Miami Lighthouse in your will call Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176 to discuss estate planning gifts.
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 Virginia Jacko at 305-856-4176. Please contact your tax advisor before making the IRA gift.
If you would like to use stock or other marketable securities to make a gift to Miami Lighthouse.
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.
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
To make a donation by phone, please call 786.362.7510.
Contributions to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Inc. are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Lighthouses serving the blind throughout the United States are autonomous, have no affiliation with each other and do not share funding.
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MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED, FLORIDA REGISTRATION #CH775. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE, WITHIN THE STATE,1-800-HELP-FLA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE STATE.