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History

For more than twenty years, The Wireless Foundation has put wireless to work helping American communities.

Working with industry partners and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Wireless Foundation delivered the first AMBER Alerts to wireless phones. AMBER Alerts are now delivered to cell phones as part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts program.

Teaming with The American Red Cross for Text 2HELP, The Wireless Foundation enabled citizens to make donations for relief efforts via text message. This was the nation’s first successful charitable mobile fundraising program, raising more than $35 million in the aftermath of the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake.

The Wireless Foundation was a pioneer in recycling retired wireless devices. Through the Donate a Phone and CALL TO PROTECT programs, The Wireless Foundation raised more than $3.5 million for charities that work to end domestic violence by refurbishing and recycling retired wireless devices.

The Wireless Foundation facilitated the donation of wireless phones and airtime to neighborhood watch groups nationwide with the Citizens on Phone Patrol (COPP®) program. Through the COPP program, the wireless industry provided over 14,000 wireless phones to more than 12,000 neighborhood watch patrols across the country.