Legacy Society

MABVI Legacy Society believes in better tomorrows.  The generous donors have left bequests or created endowed funds to support MABVI programs in perpetuity. These donors are specially recognized for their visionary decision to leave a philanthropic legacy that will benefit their neighbors and communities for decades and centuries to come.

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Bequests are used to support special initiatives and to build our endowment. Bequests make it possible for MABVI to invest in new programs, create innovative solutions to emerging problems, and sustain current services.

Thank you for supporting our mission and our future.

To make a bequest to MABVI, please include the following language in your will:

I give, devise, and bequeath to Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired the sum of _____________ (or otherwise describe the gift or specify a percentage of the estate).

There are three ways to make a bequest:

  1. Specific Bequest: You designate a specific dollar amount, specific percentage, or specific property to Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  2. Residual Bequest: Your estate will pay all debts, taxes, expenses, and specific bequests. The remaining amount — the residual — will be transferred to Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  3. Contingent Bequest: You can ask that MABVI receive all or a portion of your estate only under certain circumstances. For example, you can name the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired as a beneficiary of your estate only if there are no surviving close family members. Childless couples sometimes provide for the entire estate to go to the surviving spouse, or if the spouse does not survive, to Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Please consult with your own tax, legal, or financial planning advisor for more information.

Planned Giving

There are many options for planned giving. Often, a donor makes a major gift to a charity under an arrangement that not only provides a tax deduction but also a continuing source of income for the donor. At the end of the donor’s life, the charity receives the remainder of the gift.

Your financial advisor can provide you with advice and detailed information about these instruments. If you would like to discuss a planned giving opportunity with Ivy Street School, please contact David Brown at 617-732-0241 or dbrown@mabcommunity.org

Thank you for considering MABVI as you plan for the future.


Dangerous Vision the Podcast

Ever wonder what it would be like to be blind in a sighted world? On Dangerous Vision, host Randy Cohen, a blind Harvard Business School professor, and board member of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired learns how other blind people “do blind”, navigating their way over and around barriers using white canes, guide dogs and lots of other gadgets that will blow your mind. Randy, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa, loves to learn and talk and he applies all of his professorial skills to reveal remarkable insights about what it’s like to be blind.

In Season two of Dangerous Vision, Randy Cohen talks about work. What people do for work, how we are defined by work, and why it is tough for some in the blind community to gain competitive employment. As a professor, Randy gets students enrolled at Harvard Business School ready to enter and be become leaders in the workforce. But when you are blind it isn’t easy. Randy talks to other blind people about their jobs and to those with sight who either stand up or stand out.