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American Foundation for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

aka American Foundation for the Blind   |   Huntington, WV   |  www.afb.org

Mission

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

Ruling year info

1922

President and CEO

Eric Bridges

Main address

1108 Third Avenue Suite 200

Huntington, WV 25701 USA

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EIN

13-5562161

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AFB Advocacy and Public Policy

AFB's Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. works closely with legislators, regulators, and businesses to ensure that laws, policies, and consumer products and services take into account the needs of people with vision loss. Recent victories include passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act as well as reforms on prescription drug labeling.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with disabilities

When Helen Keller passed away, she left much of her personal papers and belongings to her former employer AFB. The Helen Keller Archives and Gallery currently steward and showcase this historic collection of more than 80,000 items including correspondence with presidents and world leaders. AFB has completed the digitization of the archives in order to make them accessible to a global audience. AFB is seeking funding for a 12-month research project to gather information on collections focused on disability history and the potential demand for a comprehensive disability history hub. If funded, AFB will convene a diverse group of stakeholders representing a wide variety of disabilities to plan for the submission of a larger grant to tackle our ultimate goal of creating an accessible, large-scale, digital history hub covering U.S. colonial history to the present.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Foundation for the Blind

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Diane L. Fazzi, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles


Board co-chair

Melanie Lockwood Herman

Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management

Barbara Rifkind

Barbara Rifkind, LLC

Theodore S. Francavilla

Retired Senior Vice President, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Katie Frederick

Executive Director, American Council of the Blind Ohio

Sarah Herrlinger

Director, Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives Apple, Inc.

Shay Assad

Former Director of Defense Pricing, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)

Grant Doster

CEO/CDO, Doster Training and Consulting

Louis J. Fox

Retired Senior Vice President, Gerald Metals, Inc. & Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration

Janni Lehrer-Stein

Attorney & disability rights advocate

Jon Chesshire

Managing Director, Head of Research, Clearbrook

Kiran Kaja

Accessibility Product Manager, Amazon

Melissa Weisse

Chief Philanthropy Officer, Leader Dogs for the Blind

Jon Chesshire

Managing Director, Head of Research, Clearbrook

Jamie Dean

Sr. Corporate Counsel - Accessibility Regulation, Microsoft

Sharon Giovinazzo

CEO, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

James Hands

CFO, The Seeing Eye

Harshil Ved

Accessibility Product Support Manager, Google

Victoria Watts

Founnder, the CyR.U.S. System

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/02/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.