Donor Frequently Asked Questions


How do I make a donation?


Call BVA at 1-800-669-7079 or mail your check to the Blinded Veterans Association, 125 N. West Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314. You can also give online by clicking the "Donate Now" Button on this website.

Is my donation tax-deductible?


BVA is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations as a 501(c) 3 organization according to the Internal Revenue Service code.

Can I get a receipt for tax purposes?


Yes, call BVA at 1-800-669-7079 or email your request to lbowles@bva.org.

Can I make a gift that my employer will match?


Check with your personnel officer for eligibility requirements and to obtain a matching gift form. Send your gift and completed form to the attention of Laureen Bowles at the Blinded Veterans Association, 125 N. West Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Can I make a gift in memory of someone?


You can make a gift in memory or honor of someone. BVA will send an acknowledgement to the person you designate. Online gifts can also be designated in memory or in honor of someone. Call BVA at 1-800-669-7079 for more information.

How do I put BVA in my will?


Call BVA at 1-800-669-7079 or email your request to lbowles@bva.org. BVA will send you a copy of our brochure explaining how and why to make a will.

Why do you mail so many fundraising solicitations?


Most BVA donors like being kept informed about the organization via its mailings. Please call BVA at 1-800-669-7079 if you would like to hear from us only once or twice a year.

What is your cost of fundraising?


BVA's cost of fundraising is 27%. This is normal for a small organization like BVA that relies almost entirely on small gifts resulting from direct mail solicitations.

Can I get a copy of your IRS Form 990?


Yes. Call BVA at 1-800-669-7079 to request your copy. You can also download a copy in .pdf format by clicking here. Click here for a copy of our IRS Form 990. You must have Adobe® Acrobat Reader to view.

Can you add my name to your mailing list?


Yes, contact Laureen Bowles at 1-800-669-7079. If you leave a message, please clearly spell your name and address. Please leave your phone number in case there are questions about your message. BVA also has a monthly e-Newsletter, which you can subscribe to on this website or by calling.

How can I change my name or mailing address?


Contact Laureen Bowles at 1-800-669-7079. If you leave a message, please clearly spell your name and address. Please leave your phone number in case there are questions about your message.

Can you send me more name labels and/or notepads?


BVA mails name labels and notepads throughout the year. Your name can be included in future mailings. Please call Laureen Bowles at BVA at 1-800-669-7079 to make your request. Please allow for up to eight weeks for delivery.

Can you send me more calendars, greeting cards or other printed materials?


Yes, call Laureen Bowles at 1-800-669-7079. You can expect to receive stocked items in about a week. No gift is necessary.

Can you delete my name from your mailing list?


Yes, contact Laureen Bowles at 1-800-669-7079. If you leave a message, please clearly spell your name and address. Please leave your phone number in case there are questions about your message. Because BVA prepares its mailings months in advance, you may still receive two or more packages. It may take as long as eight weeks before all BVA mail to you has stopped.

I asked you to remove my name from your mailing list. Why do I still receive mail from you?


BVA prepares its mailing months in advance. Probably several mailings which included your name had been prepared at the time of your request. It may take as long as eight weeks before all BVA mail to you has stopped. Please contact BVA at 1-800-669-7079 if you continue to receive mail after eight weeks.

How do I prevent my name from being rented or exchanged with other mailers?


Contact Laureen Bowles at 1-800-669-7079. A special code can be assigned to your name to prevent exchanges and/or rentals. Please allow for up to eight weeks for the change to be implemented.