The following annual report from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) offers an overview of programs, operations, and finances for the fiscal year (FY) ending June 30, 2023. Key areas of focus include advocacy and research, consulting services, workforce development, and other key programs undertaken throughout the year.
AFB’s mission is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or have low vision. Through a team of highly motivated professionals and leaders in the blindness field, many with lived experience, AFB mobilizes leaders, advances understanding, and champions policies and practices to drive systemic change using research and data.
Through the generous support of its donors, benefactors, and partners from the corporate and private sectors, AFB has continued to provide impactful and meaningful programs and advocacy for over a century. This past year has been no exception, as demonstrated through the following articles that spotlight key achievements AFB has undertaken. This success came at a pivotal time in AFB’s history as the organization underwent a national search for its new President & CEO. On April 12th, AFB welcomed Eric Bridges to lead the organization.
Having spent two decades in Washington, D.C., advocating for greater opportunity and independence for people who are blind and low vision, Bridges exemplifies AFB’s mission, vision, and core values.
For FY2023, AFB significantly reduced its operating deficit. Measures were also set into motion to realign key program areas to designate resources and reduce outlays more strategically. These changes lay the groundwork for FY2024, when AFB will undertake strategic planning to steer the organization through the foreseeable future with a focus on fostering sustainable growth. As such, AFB closed out FY2023 ready to lead far into its second century.