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Friends of the Iowa Braille School

The Memorial and Tribute Fund

At the Iowa Braille School and throughout the Statewide System for Vision Services, we are taking steps every day to educate Iowa’s students who are blind or visually impaired as they prepare for the future. The gifts and bequests of our friends maximize each child’s potential to become a more independent member of society. A gift to our Memorial and Tribute Fund is a rewarding way to honor friends or family.

Our Vision: To enable Iowa’s students who are blind or visually impaired to function as independently as possible in all aspects of life by providing appropriate educational opportunities, resources and support services.

The Statewide System for Vision Services is a collaborative effort and a contractual agreement among the Board of Regents, the Department of Education, the Area Education Agencies and the Department for the Blind. The Iowa Braille School is a fully accredited school governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa

The Iowa Braille School and the Statewide System for Vision Services acknowledge all bequests and honor the designated person or family with a letter of thanks.

One way to express your wish to make a bequest to the Iowa Braille School / Statewide System for Vision Services is by stating in your will:
I give and bequeath to the Iowa Braille School of Vinton, Iowa, the sum of _________________ dollars ($_________) to be applied to the general uses and purposes of the school and the Statewide System for Vision Services under the direction of the Board of Regents.

The Importance of a Will

A current will ensures that you, not the legal system, make the important decisions in providing for the individuals and organizations you care most about. Family considerations, charitable interests and assets all factor in when deciding on the best way to designate charitable bequests. Some commonly used determination methods include:

Giving a specific amount Specifying a certain dollar amount offers the assurance that your contribution will ultimately be put to use by your chosen beneficiaries.

Giving a percentage When designating a percentage as a bequest, you allow for an automatic adjustment in fluctuations of the total amount under your will. This ensures that each of your chosen beneficiaries receives something from your will.

Giving "What's left" Safeguarding the ones you love is always an important consideration. Providing for a gift from "what's left" ensures that your loved ones are taken care of first.

Whenever planning to designate a bequest, please consult your legal/financial counsel. All donations and bequests are tax deductible.


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