Helen Keller's Legacy

The Life of Helen Keller

The name Helen Keller is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, yet she was much more than a symbol. She was a woman of luminous intelligence, high ambition and great accomplishment who devoted her life to helping others. During her lifetime, Helen Keller was consistently ranked near the top of "most admired" lists. She died in 1968, leaving a legacy that Helen Keller International is proud to carry on in her name and memory.

The Legacy of Helen Keller

Founded by Helen Keller in 1915, Helen Keller International is one of the world’s premier international not-for-profit organizations dedicated to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. Working worldwide, we combat the root causes and extended consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing affordable and sustainable programs that are based on scientific evidence, original research and an unwavering determination to succeed against challenges that can too often be seen as insurmountable.

The results of our efforts are dramatic and wide-ranging. They perpetuate the indomitable spirit of Helen Keller, whose words continue to frame our values, and to guide us today:

“The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”

The Spirit of Helen Keller Gala

At The Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on May 2, 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, in addition to raising awareness and funds for our sight and life-saving programs, we honored Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Desmond FitzGerald, Vice Chair of HKI's Board of Trustees.

Helen Keller International Award Recipients, 1960–2014.