For 25 years, CTIA Wireless Foundation has put wireless to work helping American communities through a variety of initiatives, partnerships and sponsorships.
The Drive Smart campaign kicked off in 2014 as an ongoing effort to discourage distracted driving and educate teenagers about the dangers of driving distracted. CTIA Wireless Foundation’s Drive Smart Teen Digital Short Contest awards up to $10,000 scholarships to teenagers who submit the most compelling digital shorts that discourage their peers and adults from driving distracted.
CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor of PulsePoint, a mobile app that alerts CPR-trained citizens when CPR is needed in their vicinity, potentially saving cardiac arrest victims’ lives. Since 2014, the Foundation has been bringing this life-saving app to local communities across the country.
Together with industry partners and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, CTIA Wireless Foundation delivered the first AMBER Alert to wireless phones in 2005. AMBER Alerts are now delivered to cellphones as part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts program.
In 2010, CTIA Wireless Foundation entered a public-private partnership to launch Text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. Participating wireless carriers donate text messages to make the service free for expecting and new mothers.
CTIA Wireless Foundation teamed up with The American Red Cross for Text 2HELP, an initiative that 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, Haiti earthquake.
The Foundation was also a pioneer in recycling retired wireless devices. Through the Donate a Phone and CALL TO PROTECT programs, CTIA Wireless Foundation raised more than $3.5 million for charities that work to end domestic violence by refurbishing and recycling retired wireless devices.
CTIA Wireless Foundation facilitated the donation of wireless phones and airtime to neighborhood watch groups 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.