CTIA Wireless Foundation
Wireless for Good for Over 30 Years
Since its inception in 1991, CTIA Wireless Foundation has been at the forefront of social innovation delivered by mobile technology. Through strategic partnerships with industry leaders, federal and state agencies and national nonprofit organizations, the Foundation has delivered on the promise of wireless technologies that empower individuals and enhance American communities.
A History of Innovation & Impact
In 1996, CTIA Wireless Foundation focused on public safety with the creation of the Citizens on Phone Patrol (COPP®) program. Announced by President Bill Clinton in a White House ceremony, the crime-fighting initiative facilitated the donation of wireless phones and airtime to neighborhood watch groups. Through the COPP® program, the wireless industry provided over 14,000 wireless phones to more than 12,000 neighborhood watch patrols across the country.
The Foundation was also a pioneer in recycling retired wireless devices in the late 1990s. Through the Donate a Phone and CALL TO PROTECT programs, CTIA Wireless Foundation raised more than $3.5 million for nonprofit organizations that work to end domestic violence by refurbishing and recycling retired wireless devices. During this time, the Foundation also teamed with industry leaders and the National Football League to expand its reach in educating the general public about the issues of domestic violence.
Together with industry partners and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, CTIA Wireless Foundation initiated the first AMBER Alert to wireless phones in 2005. AMBER Alerts are now delivered to cellphones as part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts program. As of January 2019, 941 children have been rescued thanks to AMBER Alerts.
CTIA Wireless Foundation partnered with The American Red Cross to establish Text 2HELP, an initiative that enabled citizens to make donations for relief efforts via short codes. 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.
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. This program initiated the use of SMS to scale social impact through wireless technology.
PulsePoint & CTIA Wireless Foundation. At only six weeks old, Nolan’s live was saved by the power of wireless.
CTIA Wireless Foundation was a proud sponsor of PulsePoint, a mobile app that alerts CPR-trained citizens when CPR is needed in their vicinity, potentially saving cardiac arrest victims’ lives. In 2014, the Foundation began bringing this life-saving app to local communities across the country, including the 2018 launch in Washington, D.C.
The Drive Smart campaign kicked off in 2014 as an ongoing effort to educate Americans about the dangers of distracted driving, with a focus on high school students. CTIA Wireless Foundation’s annual Drive Smart program awards scholarships up to $10,000 to teenagers who submit the most compelling original short videos that discourage their peers and adults from driving distracted. Drive Smart’s reach has grown exponentially over the years, with the 2018 winning videos viewed more than 1.3 million times.
Today, CTIA Wireless Foundation remains committed to championing wireless for the common good across American communities in the era of 5G.