Transformational Giving

As our efforts to serve the estimated 15,000-20,000 blind and visually impaired adults in our community continues to grow, our financial burden becomes greater. Transformational giving is more important now than ever before. To learn more about the transformational giving opportunities listed below, please contact Bryson Young at or 843-203-6037.


Thousands of individuals in the Tri-County need help learning to live with vision loss. A one-time, unrestricted donation allows ABVI to allocate the money where it is needed the most. For example, a gift of $5,000 can provide comprehensive Orientation and Mobility training for 5 clients. $25,000 can provide complete, customized training for one blind and visually impaired adult. You can also make the most of your major gift with a multi-year pledge or matching gift. Ask us how!


As we explore new ways to create access for clients, we are developing opportunities for families to leave a lasting mark on our organization through naming opportunities including our programs, our Charleston office and our brand-new Ladson location.


The cost of full services offered for one client is $25,000. Starting at $5,000 per year for 5 years, families can create a Client Services Scholarship fund in their name which provides complete, customized training for one blind or visually impaired adult.


Planned gifts allow donors to leave a legacy while ensuring the future success of ABVI. We accept gifts in the following forms: Will Bequest, Trust, Life Insurance Policy, IRA/Retirement Distribution or Charitable Remainder Trust.


Donors who make their first commitment of at least $5,000, since the program’s inception in 2018, are honored as part of an Annual Visionary Class.


Lifetime Visionary Circle

 The Lifetime Visionary Circle honors donors for their cumulative, lifetime commitment to ABVI. These donors are critical to the success and growth of our organization, and once inducted, they will remain a member of the Lifetime Visionary Circle throughout their lifetime.

Bernhard Karl Jantzen Society ($500,000-$749,999)

Col. B. Karl Jantzen

Mildred Kirkland Society ($25,000-$49,000)

Capers and Frank Grimball

~Laura and Rod Moseley

~*Raye Ann and Granger Osborne Harriet and George Williams

Mrs. Fred G. Sahlmann Society ($10,000-$24,999)

 Frances and Mason Alexander Jody Anderson

Lynda and Jules Anderson Lynell and Bob Baldwin Barbara and John Boatwright Blanche and Frank Brumley Fran and Barre Butler

Ann and Phil Cotton Carol and Robert Clement

*Bonnie and Ted Gilbreth Courtenay McDowell & Richard Gregory

Harriett Daughtridge Harris Elizabeth and Fleetwood Hassell Joni and Doug Hazelton

Vera and Bob Helmly Emmie and Clay Hershey

*Jamie Hill

*Debbie and Marshall McClure Bunny and Duffield Meyercord Mary and Hagood Morrison Courtney and Jeff Plotner Cindi and Kerry Solomon

Anne and Whit Smith Elizabeth and Chuck Sullivan

*Silvia and Joe Waring Jennifer and Jay Williams Libby and John Winthrop Michael Zervos

Service Society

Danny Coyle Jacqueline Lawrence

*Mary Morrison Cornelia Pelzer

*Mike Zolman

Heritage Society

Dorothy Wenberg Endowment- $6,000,000 Katie Lee Beard Endowment- $250,000 Estate of Arlene Oliver- $110,000

Gilbreth Endowment for the Association for the Blind of CCF- $ $98,675^ Estate of Mary C. Everts- $33,400

Edith C. Corry Trust- $25,000

^The value of this gift is actively growing.

*Denotes donors who are new to the Lifetime Visionary Circle during FYE 2020.

~ Denotes donors who have moved up to a higher Lifetime Giving Society during FYE 2020.

Photo Description: Mayor Summey, Kathy V. (ABVI Client), Courtney P. Plotner (ABVI CEO), Senator Bennett and Clay W. Hershey (ABVI Board President) wear hard hats and stand with shovels to celebrate the groundbreaking of our new Ladson location.

Photo Description: Two members of the ABVI program staff celebrate with Kathy V. as she receives her Vocational Rehabilitation certificate of completion. From left to right, Brooks M. Harken (ABVI Chief Programs Officer), Kathy V. (ABVI Client) and Amy Harris (ABVI Instructor).

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