Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

Diane Crupain
Executive Director
RFB&D New York Unit
(212) 557-5720

New York, NY -- May 7, 2008. The Foundation Center, in partnership with the New York Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), is making available free of charge a new audio version of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, the most popular book in its Fundraising and Nonprofit Management Series.

"We were very pleased to work with RFB&D to provide this free resource for all those who want to become better grantseekers, but who prefer to learn by listening. Offering alternative formats makes information more accessible and takes into account different abilities and learning styles," said Charlotte Dion, director of the Center's New York library.

The first audio product to be issued by the Center, the new audiobook was recorded by two New York-based RFB&D volunteers. The entire Guide to Proposal Writing is included in the audiobook. For web visitors' convenience, the recording is divided into tracks corresponding to chapters in the book, and users can listen to the chapters that interest them or download the entire audiobook as a single mp3 file. The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing is also available as an AudioPlus´┐Ż CD in RFB&D's library for those with visual disabilities.

"RFB&D is celebrating 60 years of providing people with print disabilites equal access to the printed word. We were delighted to partner with the Foundation Center on this most worthy project," said Diane Crupain, executive director of RFB&D New York Unit.

"I have had clients who could not read the small type in books and who were uncomfortable with the computer," said Judith Lee Taylor, research and training coordinator at the Foundation Center's Cooperating Collection at United Way of Tyler/Smith County in Tyler, Texas. "I applaud the Foundation Center's awareness of the needs of this population."

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Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 57,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of more than 375 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) is the nation's educational library for students of all ages who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disabilities. RFB&D serves more than 185,000 students nationwide, from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond with its one-of-a-kind audio library of educational titles. RFB&D's AudioPlus(R) digitally recorded textbooks on CD provide unprecedented navigation, ease of use, and proven effectiveness as learning tools for students with print disabilities. Students rely on RFB&D's unique accommodation to access the printed page and to achieve educational success.