Thomas H. Perkins Legacy Society

A Perkins student wearing a striped shirt reads from a braille book in the Perkins Library.

Members of the Thomas H. Perkins Legacy Society (THP) give a gift of hope that lasts beyond a single lifetime. By designating Perkins School for the Blind as the beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or other type of deferred giving arrangement, they make the future brighter for people with visual impairments—today and for years to come.

Since 1839, hundreds of thousands of individuals have benefited from the generosity of our first "planned giving" donor, Colonel Thomas H. Perkins, who who donated his family home to a small New England school that educated children who were blind. That school eventually became known as Perkins School for the Blind, and has since transformed into the Perkins of today: provider of teachers, training and technology to people around the world with visual impairments.

To honor the Colonel's spirit of giving, and to thank others who follow in his generous footsteps, Perkins established the THP Legacy Society. We invite you to join by making a legacy gift to Perkins. If you have already included Perkins in your will or estate plans, please let us know so we can welcome you into the Society. It’s our way of thanking you for your thoughtful planning and enduring kindness. Membership involves no dues, obligations or solicitations.

Benefits of joining the THP Legacy Society

  • The satisfaction of knowing you have helped the children and adults we serve become as independent as possible, for a lifetime.
  • The opportunity to join fellow members at an annual luncheon or event.
  • Recognition of your commitment in Perkins publications, if you choose, to inspire generosity in others.

Meet Our Donors

Charles C.J. Platt

A song of hope

A song, unexpected and beautiful, made Charles C.J. Platt understand how Perkins School for the Blind helps children unlock their potential.

A photo of Danti Peduto in 2009.

Veteran's legacy lives on in gifts in brother's name

As a thank-you for the life-changing difference the Perkins Library made in his brother's life, Danti Peduto made several generous gifts to Perkins.

A Perkins student wearing a striped shirt reads from a braille book in the Perkins Library.

From Repairing Talking Book Machines to Making a Gift

Edward MacLean volunteered at Perkins for many years—repairing the Library's taking book machines. Edward was so impressed with Perkins that he decided to do more.

Prescott Crafts

Banker Provides Gift Annuity, Bequest and Referrals

Prescott Crafts, a retired banker and author, decided years ago he would support Perkins financially through a gift annuity combined with a bequest.

Judy Cannon

Judi Cannon Supports Future Students

Learning braille at Perkins gave Judi two precious gifts: knowledge and independence. Her bequest to Perkins will help future students learn braille.

The Mourants

More Than a Gift

By setting up a Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity, the Mourants realized two goals—enhancing their retirement security and supporting Perkins.

Faye Henry

The Right Choice

A firm believer in education and the arts, Faye Henry decided to support the arts at Perkins with a bequest.