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Ways to Give

Over 60% of our funding comes from donations and grants. The fee we charge patients covers only a portion of each patient’s rehabilitation program. Your donation enables us to keep our programs affordable and sustain our high-quality low vision rehabilitation services that help individuals with vision loss reach their visual potential.

Financial support is also important in perpetuating our vision for the future: to expand our programs and services, to make them more accessible, and to reach more people with vision loss than ever before.

We depend on your donation to ensure low vision care is available to everyone with vision loss today and in the years to come.


Gifts of Cash


A gift of cash is always welcome. Click here to find out how you can make a donation.

Matching Gifts


Many companies offer a matching gift program to current and retired employees that may double or even triple your charitable gift.

Check with your Human Resources Department for instructions on how to participate. If your company requires a donation form, be sure to include it with your submitted donation to Spectrios.

Gifts of Stock


The Spectrios Institute can accept gifts of stock.

Gifts of stock donor benefits include:

  • Receiving a charitable tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock
  • Avoiding payment of capital gains tax on the stock’s gain in value

Contact our Development Department at (630) 690-7115 ext 112 for information on how to make a stock transfer to our account.

Annual Giving


Annual giving is a great way to support our ongoing low vision services. We rely on annual gifts to be able to provide our services to those who need it most in the community: home bound individuals, senior citizens, and young students.

2015 Letter from R. Tracy Williams about Annual Appeal

2014 Ronna's Story

Memorial and Tribute Gifts


Making a memorial or tribute gift is a thoughtful way to remember special people in your life and at the same time support programs that help those struggling with permanent vision loss remain independent. Whether expressing sympathy or recognizing a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion, your gift will show how much you care.

Upon receipt of your donation, an acknowledgement letter is sent to the person you have honored or to the family of the person in whose memory the gift has been made. No gift amount is included in the letter. The name of the donor and the person honored will be listed in our newsletter, The Bright Side.

When a loved one passes away, we hope you will consider designating memorial gifts to the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision. Most funeral home will provide you with donation envelopes for this purpose, or if you are in the area you may pick up donation envelopes from the Spectrios Institute.

Contact our Development Department at (630) 690-7115 ext 112 with the name of the person who is being honored and the name and address of the family member to receive the acknowledgement letter that will be sent listing memorial donors. All donors are listed in The Bright Side newsletter.

Planned Giving


By planning ahead, you can leave a legacy that will improve the lives of future generations of persons with vision loss. Any individual who has included Spectrios Institute for Low Vision in their planned giving becomes a member of The Visionaries.

Visit our Planned Giving page for more details on how to make Spectrios a beneficiary of planned giving.

Donate a Brick


Your memorial or tribute gift can become a lasting memory with your donation of a brick. It’s a great way to honor loved ones, friends, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays or to recognize your club or organization.

Three brick styles are available:

$125 — Single patio brick that will be placed in our Commemorative Garden. Up to three (3) lines of text, 14 characters per line including spaces.

$500 — Double brick that will be placed on the “Walkway of Hope” leading to our front door. Double bricks have bolder, larger print than patio bricks with up to three (3) lines of text, 14 characters per line including spaces.

Fill out a brick donation form and become a part of the Spectrios Institute legacy.

Our low vision doctors, staff of specialists, and the patients and families we serve thank you for your generosity. Because of supporters like you, we can continue our work as your local low vision center offering a myriad of low vision services to those in need.