American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections Convention 2021 WHAT'S NEW?
The American Action Fund (AAF) provides Braille books each month to thousands of families across the United States to empower blind people. From our Braille Book Fair to our Free Slate and Stylus Program, AAF has always strived to promote reading for pleasure and having pride in Braille as a viable literacy medium equal to print.
Every year the American Action Fund hosts a Braille reading contest called Braille Readers Are Leaders (BRAL). The contest aims to demonstrate the importance of independent reading in the development of Braille literacy skills and to inspire a love of reading for fun.
The mother of a BRAL participant from Maine had this to say about their child's experience with the competition: "Last year Thomas was so proud of himself for reading as much as he did. He was very excited to receive the prizes. He especially loved the map of his neighborhood. When I told him that we could participate again he couldn't wait to start logging his books."
An educator from Pennsylvania shared this about her student: "My student is very competitive and was motivated to read more during the time of this contest."
The work we do to encourage independent travel, excellence in education, and Braille literacy nationwide must be done. If you are in a position to do so, you can make a difference with a contribution. These programs are made possible through your support. Please help by giving a tax-deductible gift to the American Action Fund.
You can donate online by visiting our new webpage actionfund.org, or you can make a donation over the phone by calling 410-659-9315. You also may send a check made out to "American Action Fund" to 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
This year's contest will begin on December 1, 2021, and run through January 21, 2022. For more information about our Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest, visit us at https://www.actionfund.org/programs/braille-readers-are-leaders.
To learn more about how to receive Braille books in the mail or how to donate a Braille book of your own, visit ShareBraille.org. When you donate your gently used books to ShareBraille, they can remain in circulation for years to come.
There is another way you can help the American Action Fund.
Often the simplest and most significant way to make a charitable donation is to plan a legacy gift. It is easier than you might think. You can plan to give all or part of a bank account, insurance proceeds, investment assets, real estate, or a retirement account. You can even give a required minimum distribution from your IRA directly to charity and avoid taxes on the distribution. After taking care of your loved ones, you can bequeath a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate to an organization whose mission is important to you. Your bequest carries with it the values and ideals that have been important to you throughout your lifetime and supports an organization whose mission you hold dear. In addition, planning for a legacy gift may reduce the total amount of your taxable estate, which can have a positive impact on any funds you have designated for your heirs.
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults Legacy Society honors and recognizes the generosity and the vision of special friends of the Action Fund who have chosen to leave a legacy through a will or other planned giving option.
If you wish to give part or all of an account, simply fill out a P.O.D. (payable on death) or T.O.D. (transfer on death) form. For pensions and insurance assets, simply designate a charity as a beneficiary. If you would like to leave a legacy to the Action Fund in your will, please include the following language:
"I give, devise, and bequeath unto the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, 1800 Johnson Street, Suite 100, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, a Maryland nonprofit corporation, the sum of $______________ (or) _________ percent of my net estate" or "the following stocks and bonds: ____________________, to be used for its worthy purposes on behalf of blind persons."
If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to Patti Chang at 410-659-9315. If you have included the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in your will or have made some other provision for a future gift to us and would like to tell us about it, please contact Patti Chang so we can recognize you as a member of our Legacy Society.
Legacy gifts provide for generations of blind children and adults. Please consider the American Action Fund in your future plans.