“Planned giving at the Lighthouse is available to people of varying resources. I’m not a wealthy person. But through my life income plan, I have been able to make a significant commitment to the Lighthouse — while also gaining tax benefits and income! It is because the Lighthouse has always looked ahead to the future while remaining faithful to its original mission that I have worked with the organization for so long, and now have placed my trust in it in terms of my charitable giving.”
Arlene R. Gordon lost her sight in 1968. Now retired after a 25-year career at the Lighthouse, Arlene spearheaded the introduction of computer technologies at the Lighthouse in the 1970s, and helped establish the Child Development Center and our research programs. In fact, the Lighthouse research division bears her name: the Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute. She also serves on the Board of Directors.
Susan Presser Capaldo
An active volunteer from 1964 to 1989, Susan Presser Capaldo was a wonderful presence at the Lighthouse. Her enthusiasm and dedicated work on the annual POSH® sale was greatly valued and appreciated. Susan worked hard all her life and believed in donating time and money to the organizations that meant the most to her – one of which was Lighthouse International.
When Susan died in 2006 at age 93, she made a generous bequest of more than $2.5 million to the Lighthouse. In 2012, the Lighthouse executive team and staff, along with members of Mrs. Capaldo’s extended family from her temple, The Brotherhood Synagogue, honored her memory and gift with the dedication of a plaque in Lighthouse’s Low Vision Clinic. Many who attended the dedication shared personal memories of this warm and generous woman, whose gift will continue to help many others in need.
Dina and George Perry
George L. Perry, a leading American economist, is the co-founder of the Panel on Economic Activity at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization in Washington, D.C. When a successful heart bypass operation had the unexpected side effect of severely and permanently damaging his optic nerve, his functional vision was significantly compromised. He wasn’t sure where to turn. He consulted with experts at Johns Hopkins. “They said, you really should get in touch with a good place that takes care of people with serious and unusual eye problems — and the Lighthouse had that kind of facility,” Perry says. He and his wife, Dina, connected with Bruce P. Rosenthal, OD, FAAO, chief of low vision programs at the Lighthouse, who helped Perry to best utilize the vision that he retained. “We really appreciated the help we were getting, and we noticed there were quite a few people who had similar problems to mine. Dina thought we should make a contribution.” Accordingly, the couple made a personal donation of over $200,000 to establish the Perry Fund, which provides special glasses and devices for those who can’t afford them on their own. “We’re glad that our gift does some useful things, and that more people can get the help that we were able to get at the Lighthouse,” Perry says.
Rosalind Scheer is an extraordinary Lighthouse volunteer and donor. For nearly 30 years, she has devoted thousands of hours—and immeasurable talent—to our Print Access Center, recording books on tape and reading to people with vision loss. Their heartfelt appreciation has been matched by our own; Rosalind received a Lighthouse Volunteer Recognition Award in 2007 for her long-term commitment. Rosalind Scheer is also known as Rosalind Nadell, a professional opera singer who, in 1944, was selected by the New York City Opera to perform the role of Mercedes in “Carmen,” followed by that of Juno in “Helen Goes to Troy” on Broadway later the same year. After retirement, Rosalind began lending her voice to the Lighthouse. Today she can be found in our recording booth three days a week, 52 weeks a year. “Volunteering has brought me tremendous satisfaction,” she says. “It has given me purpose and a fulfilling second career.” In addition to donating her time, Rosalind has made a generous bequest to the Lighthouse. By including us in her estate plans, she is helping to ensure that the Lighthouse beacon burns brightly for years to come.
Jerry A. Tishman
Jerry A. Tishman's interest and support for the Lighthouse International comes from an appreciation for the organization's mission to provide hope, help and resources to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. He especially has a "deep compassion for children who grow into adulthood with vision impairments."
Now, after having a successful career of more than 50 years in the field of finance, he has generously chosen to leave a legacy for Lighthouse International with a significant bequest in his estate plan. His bequest will establish The Jerry A. Tishman Fund and will serve children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, from birth through 18 years of age.
In honor of Jerry and his wonderful bequest commitment, the Lighthouse has named the lower lobby space at its headquarters, the Jerry A. Tishman Atrium. We are very grateful to him for this generous gift.
“As someone with relatively poor vision, much of my charitable giving has been directed toward organizations that deal with blindness and vision issues. I have supported the Lighthouse for ten years — and have included it in my will — because it is one of the major non-sectarian institutions working in this area. But more than that, I support the Lighthouse because it allows people like myself, and others with considerably worse vision, to lead as normal a life as possible.”
-Michael Zumoff, longtime supporter of Lighthouse International. Michael is a computer professional and lives in New York.