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The Norah Hamilton Straus Donors' Circle is dedicated to generous donors who have made a substantial contribution to GDB's mission, and includes any individual, family, foundation or organization donating a total of $1,000 or more during the course of a year.

Norah Hamilton Straus Donor's Circle Chair Betty White.Betty is a long-time supporter of Guide Dogs for the Blind. She adopted Golden Retriever Pontiac, a GDB career change dog, and is the Chair of GDB's Norah Hamilton Straus Major Donors' Circle. Betty says, "There's nothing that warms the heart more than the love of a dog, and nobody knows this better than Guide Dogs for the Blind."

Norah Hamilton Straus and her dog, CocoaThe Donors' Circle is named after Norah Hamilton Straus, a legend who has spent much of her life building personal relationships with donors on behalf of Guide Dogs. Norah has been a volunteer at GDB since 1956; she was a member of the Board of Directors for 25 years and served as the Board Chair from 1962-1977. She is currently a director emeritus and continues to promote Guide Dogs in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California.

Dog wearing hrad hat

Giving levels:

  • Buddy: donors of $1,000 to $4,999
  • Friend: donors of $5,000 to $9,999
  • Companion: donors of $10,000 to $24,999
  • Partner: donors of $25,000 to $49,999
  • Hero: donors of $50,000 to $99,999
  • Soul Mate: donors of $100,000 or more

To find out more or to join the Norah Hamilton Straus Major Donors' Circle, contact Janet Benjamin at 415-499-4022, or call toll-free 800-295-4050.