Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) (Boulder, CO)


  • Name:Mrs. Pam McDonald
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC)
  • Address:2200 Central Avenue, Suite A
    Boulder, CO 80301
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-786-7777
  • Main fax:303-939-8013

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  • Mission:
  • Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC)'s mission is to provide free audio access of print materials that are generally unavailable to blind, visually impaired and print disabled Coloradans of all ages. AINC airs volunteer-read broadcasts of newspapers, magazines and other materials 24/7.

  • Overview:
  • In today's world, information is power and those without access to information become powerless. Most print materials available to the sighted are inaccessible to those with low/no vision. AINC provides a creative and ecological solution to this dilemma for a growing population in Colorado and the U.S. - blind, visually impaired and print disabled persons. Blindness strikes an American every 7 minutes. Colorado has over 200,000 blind/visually impaired residents according to the Prevent Blindness America 2012 report . In the U.S., while only 1% of the general population under age 60 may be blind/visually impaired, that number jumps to 25% for those 60 and older. Thus most blindness/visual impairment (significant vision loss even with corrective lens) in the U.S. is due to age-related diseases. In the past 12 years, diabetic retinopathy has risen 89% (118,298 Coloradoans) and macular degeneration has increased by 25% (28,171 Coloradoans). Seniors over age 85 are now, for the first time in our history, the fastest growing segment of American society. AINC serves all ages but 70% of our listeners are seniors.
    The comment heard most often from new listeners is how much they miss being able to read their local newspaper - not surprising when you consider the vast amount of current and useful information found in them. From practical day-to-day information like grocery and retail ads to hometown news about local people, events and issues, newspapers remain the most detailed and efficient way to provide the information that the blind/visually impaired need to remain independent and viable members of their communities. AINC broadcasts over 100 Colorado newspapers from the Steamboat Pilot to the Wray Gazette and Denver Post. While our emphasis is on providing local news not generally covered by other media, we also broadcast some national and international newspapers and magazines. Please refer to our website,, for a complete list of programming that AINC airs over its 3 distinct regional broadcast areas.
    AINC also provides programs such as Senior Digest, Disability News and Human Health to address specific concerns. Research proves that, not only are humans capable of learning at any age, but our brains thrive on stimulation. Recognizing that education is not limited to the classroom or to our ages, AINC produces a wide array of programming to inform and educate our audience. Grocery and Discount ads, Consumer Tips, Employment Opportunities, Financial News, fraud alerts and Hands on Cooking provide data needed to make day-to-day practical and consumer decisions. American Heritage, Colorado Gardening, Hobby Radio, Colorado History, Our Judaic Heritage, Black Experience, Indian Country News, Regional Travel, Science, Environment and Audio Book News address a wide variety of interests. We provide daily children’s programming, including one in Spanish, to encourage literacy and a love of reading. Seven programs are now aired in Spanish with more planned. Other programs address the legitimate and life sustaining need for laughter: Old Time Radio, On the Lighter Side, etc.
    Programming is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the incredible dedication of over 300 volunteers. AINC began broadcasting its programs via the Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) frequency of Rocky Mountain PBS in 1991 but switched to their digital associated audio channels when all television went digital in June, 2009. AINC is also accessed via some cable channels, over 2 toll-free telephone systems (current and archived programming on the Information on Demand system), by livestreaming, by podcasting and now iPhone app. As a TV signal, it's inaccessible over regular radios.Listeners are provided with their choice of equipment needed for access (receiver, speaker phone or MP3 player) and choice of Braille, large print, CD or audiocassette program schedule. Each listener has access to nearly $8,000 worth of newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Because most listeners are in lower economic levels, AINC offers all its services – including equipment and program schedules - totally free of charge. AINC has a strong commitment to the environment. Each online subscription read by one volunteer reaches thousands of listeners saving trees and recycling costs. The few hardcover papers we use are recycled by Boulder's Ecocycle. We air a weekly Environment program and do psa's for various environmental agencies.

  • History:
  • Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) is a volunteer-based, non-profit audio information service for blind, visually impaired and print disabled Coloradoans of all ages. Founded in 1990 by its current Executive Director, David Dawson, AINC went on the air in 1991. It has been providing the blind/visually impaired with free access to print materials that are generally unavailable to them, such as newspapers and magazines, continuously since that time. Having relied greatly on reading services for the blind in other states, Mr. Dawson was dismayed upon moving here to discover that Colorado was one of only 10 states which did not provide a reading service for its residents. Through the generosity of KRMA Channel 6 (later Rocky Mountain PBS), AINC began broadcasting over their Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) frequency using a small but dedicated corps of volunteers recording in cramped quarters on reel-to reel tapes. Now with expanded studios, AINC’s 300 statewide volunteers provide programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via television, cable, internet, telephone and iPod. In June 2009, we began broadcasting over the new digital associated audio channels. This presented our greatest challenge to date as we were forced - with the collaboration of Rocky Mountain PBS’s engineers- to create a prototype digital receiver, have this manufactured/delivered by the switchover date and find funding for an unprecedented capital expense. AINC is the only reading service of its kind in Colorado. We collaborate with, but do not duplicate the services of the Colorado Talking Book Library (mails out books on tape) and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (records textbooks). AINC broadcasts over 100 Colorado newspapers, national/international papers and magazines and many other educational and informative programs for all ages. All our services are provided free of charge to our listeners. Originally founded for the blind, we also serve the print disabled – sighted persons who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access the printed word. In 2005, AINC received the “Henry McAllister Award for Excellence in Special Projects Award” from the El Pomar Foundation.

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:84-1147123

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:841147123
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1700 55TH ST STE A
  • Organization City:BOULDER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80301-2975
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1990
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):121
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Radio or television broadcasting
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A34M
  • Asset Amount:$291,423
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$604,288
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$594,488
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:25:57 am

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