About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States. Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful. We need your support. To make a donation, please go to www.nfb.org/make-gift.
The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.
Here is what some of our members are saying about the NFB.
"The positive philosophy of the NFB shatters misconceptions about blindness. I attended my first NFB event when I was in high school. At the time, through the eyes of a 16 year old, I was liberated by the realization that I could acknowledge my blindness and still pursue my goals of college, law school, and a career. The example set by Federationists sparked an inquisitive interest about independence and how to achieve it."
"The Federation is like a big brother that teaches you confidence, self-reliance, and determination. It has mentored me in all aspects of my life and, in turn, I have been able to mentor others. The NFB has been one of the most important factors in my success as a professional."
NFB-NEWSLINE® Outreach Manager
"Before I found the NFB, I believed what the school said about my daughter's low vision―she would be fine with enlarged print and peers to help her get around school. The NFB has shown me the tools and blindness skills my daughter will need to become a confident, independent young woman. Most importantly, through the NFB, my family has also found wonderful people―mentors and friends―to help and support us on this journey."
Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Parent of a blind child
For more information, you may view our 2012 Annual Report:
- 2012 Annual Report - PDF
- 2012 Annual Report - BRF
- 2012 Annual Report - UEB version, BRF
- 2012 Annual Report - Audio 44 MB
More detailed financial information is available on our most recent audited financial statement (MS Word) and in our NFB 990. (Accessible PDF of our 2012 Form 990 as filed with the IRS. Signature on file with the IRS.)