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.


Donors with cumulative gifts of over $10,000 in cash, pledges and/or planned gifts are inducted into our Lifetime Visionary Circle. Donors will be recognized in the following levels:

  • Mrs. Fred G. Sahlmann Society ($10,000 – $24,999)
  • Mildred Kirkland Society ($25,000-$49,999)
  • Margie McCaffrey Cogswell Society ($50,000-$99,999)
  • Harriott Ravenel Buist Smythe Society ($100,000-$249,999)
  • Katie Lee Beard Society ($250,000-$499,999)
  • Bernhard Karl Jantzen Society ($500,000-$749,999)
  • Caning Society ($750,000-$999,999)
  • Pitt Street Society ($1,000,000-$4,999,999)
  • 1936 Founders Society ($5,000,000+)


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).