Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Launches Text2Give Program

Fundraising Effort Will Improve Education, Technology for Blind Americans

Baltimore, Maryland (October 6, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United States, has launched the NFB Text2Give program, a fundraising effort focused on improving education and technology for blind Americans and supporting other NFB initiatives.  The Text2Give program enables anyone with a cellular telephone to give a $10 contribution by text message, on the spot.  The contributions will go to the NFB Imagination Fund, which supports the education, technology, and research projects of the NFB Jernigan Institute, as well as programs conducted by the fifty-two affiliates and over seven-hundred local chapters of the Federation.  The Imagination Fund supports innovative programs that encourage blind youth to participate in scientific careers and help seniors to adjust to vision loss.  By encouraging friends, family, and others to text the word BLIND to 85944, you can help raise critical funds for NFB programs at the local, state, and national level.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The Text2Give program is an exciting and innovative way to support the NFB Imagination Fund.  Through the Imagination Fund we are able to create innovative research, training, education, and technology programs that improve the lives of the blind and move us closer to our ultimate goal of full integration into society on a basis of equality.  The crisis in Braille literacy for blind children and the proliferation of technology that, if not properly designed, will threaten the independence of the blind mean that time is of the essence.  But I am confident that with the help of our members and friends, we will ensure that blind children are literate and can pursue the career of their choice; that blind people have access to cutting-edge technology; and that opportunities for all blind Americans are limited only by our capacity to dream.”

Parnell Diggs, chairman of the NFB Imagination Fund, said: “We encourage everyone to share the Text2Give program with their friends, families, and co-workers.  It is a small and simple way to make a huge difference in the lives of blind people across the country.”

To donate $10 to the National Federation of the Blind Imagination Fund using Text2Give, simply text the word BLIND to 85944.  The $10 donation will appear on your next telephone bill.  Standard text messaging rates apply.

For more information about the NFB Jernigan Institute, please visit, and for more information about the Text2Give program please call (410) 659-9314, extension 2371.