American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Fall 2023      WHAT'S NEW?

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Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest Builds Opportunities

The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest is a remarkable initiative that aims to motivate and engage blind and low-vision individuals to read Braille regularly and frequently. By fostering a love of reading, this annual contest empowers participants and equips them with essential literacy skills for a successful future. The contest, which runs each winter, has garnered immense praise from participants, parents, and educators alike.

By encouraging blind and low-vision individuals to read Braille regularly, the contest promotes the development of sustainable literacy skills. A proud parent shared their child's remarkable achievement, stating, "My child recently read thousands of pages as part of the American Action Fund's Braille Readers Are Leaders nationwide Braille reading contest ... Not only did they place first in the K-1 category, but they also read more pages than any finalist in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades. Because of your Braille Literacy Programs, my child will have the sustainable literacy skills needed for a successful future."

Recognition and Rewards

To further encourage participation and celebrate the accomplishments of blind and low-vision individuals, the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest offers a variety of incentives. Participants can compete for prizes such as T-shirts and twenty-five-dollar gift certificates. These rewards serve as tangible symbols of recognition, inspiring individuals to push their boundaries and excel in their reading endeavors. The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest continues to inspire and motivate, ensuring that Braille readers truly become phenomenal leaders.

Bring Opportunity by Giving to the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

Contribute online to the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults by visiting our homepage, https://actionfund.org.

You also can support the American Action Fund by calling 410-659-9315. You can send a check made out to “American Action Fund” to 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

There Is Another Way You Can Help—Join Our Legacy Society

Often the simplest and most significant way to make a charitable contribution is to plan a legacy gift. It is easier than you 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. You can bequeath a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate, after taking care of your loved ones, 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 positively impact 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 vision of special friends 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 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.

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