Support us Financially

We rely on generous gifts from individuals, as well as foundation grants and public sector funds to serve Minnesotans who are blind, visually impaired or have a print-related disability.

Why Donate?
For the blind and visually impaired, our services are nothing short of life-changing. They help people be more independent, to continue their education, and to be a fully connected part of their communities.

  • Your financial gifts to the Communication Center help ensure that Minnesota's blind and visually citizens have access to the same newspapers, novels, textbooks, manuals and other materials that you have.
  • Seniors are our largest and fastest-growing population of consumers. About 80 percent of our consumers will be age 55 and older. We raise extra money to serve this growing population, because most of the federal dollars we receive are designated for job training for working-age clients.
  • Students with learning disabilities also increasingly need our services. State and federal funds available to cover services for the blind and visually impaired are not available for those with learning disabilities.

How Can I Contribute my Financial Support? 
We've established a special fund at The Saint Paul Foundation to accept your tax deductible contributions.

  • Check with your employer to see whether your company will match your gift.
  • Make a gift by check or credit card.
  • Honor a loved one or family member.
  • Remember us in your will or estate.

Special Gifts

Matching Gifts
Some employers have a matching gift program that will double or even triple your contribution. Your company’s human resource department may have such a program. If so, it’s an easy way for you to increase the impact of you contribution.

Tribute Gifts
Tribute gifts include commemorative and memorial gifts. Both provide a meaningful opportunity honor significant people in your life. Commemorative and memorial gifts can be given in honor of a family member, friend or organization.

When you give a commemorative gift, those you have chosen to honor will receive a letter notifying them of your gift. The amount is only disclosed at your request.
Memorial gifts honor a lost loved one. When you give a gift in memory of someone, the family of the deceased receives a letter notifying them of your gift. The amount is only disclosed at your request.

Planned Gifts

Many people have joined our Legacy Society and included the Communication Center in their estate plans through a will, life income arrangement, trust or other means.

The society was established in honor of the Hamm family, whose initial gift helped start the Communication Center in 1953 and whose ongoing generosity continues to be instrumental to our success.

Gift planning is a simple process that involves four important initial steps:

  • Reflect on your values, life and what is important to you.
  • Choose a charitable organization that aligns with your values.
  • Review your finances and financial needs for the future. You may consult with your attorney and financial adviser(s).
  • Create a charitable gift that meets your goals and life values.

Sponsorships

Sponsorship of Minnesota Radio Talking Book (RTB) programming provides a unique and valuable opportunity to reach 9,000 blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or learning disabled Minnesotans.

Sponsors support programming that informs, engages and inspires while at the same time extending their corporate messaging and build loyalty among thousands of listeners.

Donate

It's easy to donate to the Communication Center. 

Simply complete a Donation Form.

Contact

For More Information 

Contact Angela Bodensteiner at 651-539-2274 or email angela.bodensteiner@state.mn.us

Donor Rights

  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.