Annual Report 2012: Development
October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012
- Helping People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired Become More Independent
- Accessible Magazines
- How You Can Help
- Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
Helping People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired Become More Independent
Across the U.S., people who are blind and visually impaired receive accessible magazines free-of-charge from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). These magazines contain vital information, helping readers become more independent. APH’s magazine program, serving Americans for over 80 years, is possible because of generous donors from all walks of life.
Accessible Magazines Offered by APH – FREE to Eligible Readers
Braille Reader’s Digest®
Since 1928, our nation’s blind citizens have been able to receive Reader’s Digest® in braille from APH.
Recorded Reader’s Digest®
Reader’s Digest® in recorded form has been offered by APH since 1939.
Newsweek® Talking Magazine
Newsweek® on cassette has been offered by APH since 1959. Readers rely on the in-depth current affairs coverage contained in Newsweek.
Downloadable Magazines: APH is proud to offer free downloadable Reader’s Digest® and Newsweek® as an option to our subscribers.
Scholastic News® (formerly Weekly Reader®) Series
Weekly Reader® in both braille and large print started in 1946 and is mailed each week to hundreds of students. Recently, Weekly Reader has become Scholastic News – two respected names creating a fun and highly educational magazine series for students pre-K through grade 12. With the support of our donors, we are able to offer Scholastic News at the same rate as the regular print editions.
APH’s Print/Braille Book Program
APH’s Print/Braille Book Program is benefitting kids like Cheston, 2, from Missouri.
APH and the Dollywood Foundation began an exciting partnership in the summer of 2011 that expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to provide young blind and visually impaired children with accessible books in audio and print/braille formats!
The APH Print/Braille Book Program is already providing accessible books to 200 families. By early 2013, the program will increase enrollment to provide 400 families with accessible books.
Reading is fundamental in developing cognitive skills and character early in life. APH is proud to be able to provide this invaluable service to families across the country. This program is made possible through the generous support of donors who believe all children deserve an opportunity to learn, read, and enjoy life.
Reading with young children is important to early literacy.
Is your child a potential braille reader under six years of age? If yes, you can apply for the APH Print/Braille Book Program! Books are limited and enrollment is on a first come/first serve basis. Visit www.aph.org to register.
How You Can Help
There are several ways you can help visually impaired readers receive the essential information they need:
We are grateful to Theresa and Sebastian D. from Philadelphia, PA, APH donors for 18 years.
- Gift of cash – Making a gift of cash by check or credit card is often the most convenient way to give to APH. Recurring donations make an even greater impact. Give automatically by arranging a monthly, secure Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your bank account.
- Tribute and Memorial Gifts – Honor a friend or loved one by making a special donation to APH. Memorials, honors, and celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings are acknowledged with a special letter.
- Combined Federal Campaign for Federal Employees – APH is a new member of the National Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which allows employees of the federal government to donate to nonprofit charities through automatic payroll contributions. APH’s CFC identification number is #72990.
- Naming Opportunities – You can show your support of our mission by participating in a naming opportunity–a chance to attach your name or the name of a loved one to APH’s history in support of its future (for example, one of our Talking Book recording studios could be named after a special person your life).
- Foundation/Corporate/Civic Gifts – These are an essential component of funding for APH’s many special programs.
- Planned Giving – Donors and friends generously give or plan to give to APH through their will, trust, estate, insurance policy or retirement plan.Stocks and bonds are excellent ways to accomplish charitable intent and the donor can benefit from favorable personal or estate tax treatment.
- Matching gifts from participating corporations can greatly extend a monetary gift. Your $100 gift will become $200!
Receive Lifetime Income and Tax Breaks
Caring individuals use Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) to provide major financial support to APH. The Charitable Gift Annuity is a popular estate-planning tool that provides income for life and favorable tax results. Features include:
- The amount of annual income is based on the age of the donor.
- A portion of the amount transferred to our CGA program is deductible as a charitable contribution on your federal tax return.
- The annuity payment is fixed at the time the gift is made and will not decrease.
- You receive the satisfaction of knowing that your significant gift helped our nation’s children and adults who are blind.
How to Receive Gift Annuity Information
View a personalized, no obligation web presentation that shows the income and tax benefit of setting up a gift plan using your assets.
APH would be honored to be remembered in your will, trust, retirement, or insurance plan.
Remembering APH in your Will provides a legacy toward our mission of helping those who are blind and visually impaired.
There are a variety of ways to plan for your family and loved ones with a will or living trust. We offer helpful presentations on wills and estate planning. If you wish to make American Printing House for the Blind the recipient of a personal bequest, please use our full name, American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
Living Legacy Society: Donors who have informed us of their decision to include APH in their Will or estate plans have the opportunity to be recognized as members of our 1858 Living Legacy Society. Each member’s medallion is custom engraved with the donor’s name and is displayed in the foyer of The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind.
Always consult your lawyer before making or changing your Will.
The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts are tax-deductible.
®Registered trademarks of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.; Newsweek, Inc.; and Scholastic, Inc.
Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired. The Hall of Fame is a project of the entire field of blindness. It is curated by the American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
The Wall of Tribute provides the opportunity to permanently honor a person or organization in your life with an engraved stone, while at the same time supporting the Hall of Fame.
Five sizes of elegantly inscribed stones are available to be personalized as you choose.