The Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children is a non-profit organization founded in 1960 to meet needs of blind and visually impaired Nebraska schoolchildren that were not being met through school system or government programs. Over the years, we have supported a wide-range of activities that benefit these children.
Our slogan, “Providing Building Blocks for the Future,”reflects our conviction that the childhood and teen experiences of the blind and visually impaired are of critical importance to their long-term success as adults. Our mission is to provide those children with resources, otherwise not available to them, that are necessary to establish building blocks for long-term success.
We currently focus our efforts on two major projects, The Ruth Sokolof Christmas Party for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and the Technology Grant Program for blind and visually-impaired elementary school, middle-school and high school students. We also support a number of smaller projects designed to provide assistance to blind and visually impaired students, their parents and their educators.
We serve visually impaired and blind children in Nebraska between the ages of five and 18. Children can qualify for our services and programs only if they are receiving services as a blind or visually impaired student from their local Nebraska school district or educational service unit. In order to provide our services, we maintain a database of blind and visually impaired Nebraska students, which has been assembled with the input of parents, guardians and educators. If you would like to suggest a name for addition to our database, please contact us.
We receive the bulk of our funding from grants from other charitable organizations and donations from businesses and individuals. The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under federal and state income tax laws, and all contributions to the Foundation are fully tax-deductible. You can donate to the Foundation by completing a donation form and mailing it, together with a check, to the address on the form, or by making a donation through the link on this website.
Because of later opening times at the Westroads Mall, the time for the 2021 party has been changed from the customary time of 10:00 AM to 1 PM; this year’s party will be held from 11:00 AM to 2 PM.
Each year the Foundation sponsors the Ruth Sokolof Christmas Party for Blind and Visually Impaired Children… Read More