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Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs

Q. How do you come up with these projects? Resources for the Blind International has been ministering to the visually impaired for more than 30 years. Most of these special projects have a solid track record already for making a significant, long-lasting, sustainable difference in the lives of those they touch. Others are new opportunities we have diligently researched prior to launching. All are projects with a real, practical, and usually immediate impact.

Q. How will I know when a project I’ve sponsored has been fully sponsored?
You will receive email updates as there is progress in your project’s sponsorship. (You may always check back on this website for the status.) And we will also send a final follow-up email once the project’s been completed.

Q. Are these special projects one-time events or regularly occurring?
It depends on the project. Our summer camps happen each year. Some projects – particularly training events – may only be occasional opportunities. And some projects are one-time occurrences, such as the purchase of new equipment.

Q. What if there are surplus funds left over from my donation after the project is completed?
On the rare occasion there may be surplus funds left over from your donation after the project is completed. In these cases, RBI will use those surplus funds to help fund another special project. With this approach, we are multiplying the effectiveness of your generosity.

Q. What do I do if my credit card is declined?
  • Make sure your card number, the expiration data, and the CVC are all correct as these are the primary factors used by your bank when they decide whether or not to process your donation.
  • Make sure your personal information that you entered into your sponsor profile is correct and complete, i.e. first and last name, complete mailing address, etc.
  • If you are still having problems making a donation, please contact your bank to have them authorize your donation(s) to Resources for the Blind (through Stripe—our credit card processor). Since banks are continually changing their fraud protection policies, your card may suddenly stop working, even if you have made a successful donation on our site before. In some cases, your bank may not contact you if they have put a hold on your card.
  • Lastly if you still cannot make a donation, and if you have completed the above troubleshooting tips, please contact our office at blindsponsorships@blindusa.org or 907-202-5657.

  • Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?
    Yes, for U.S. citizens. RBI is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt from our office after you make your donation. For those outside of the U.S., please check with your country’s tax laws and codes concerning charitable gifts.


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