The CFLB was a small organization supporting a little-understood need in a young, growing country. Raising money was always a challenge. Ontario's Department of Education helped with a small grant for books, but more was needed. Here are two stories of fundraising efforts: the misadventures of Arthur Gate's Dominion Textile Press, and the sentimental story of "Mr. Goodheart."
Dominion Textile Press
Arthur Gate was a "collector," a term for someone who would go out and solicit donations. Around 1909, the CFLB engaged Gate to raise money in Ontario, and as far west as Winnipeg. He was paid on commission "which we were assured by him was altogether too low, but which we learned later was altogether too high," as the CFLB Librarian wrote.
Conflict between the CFLB and Gate about his activities led to his resignation. Gate continued to canvass for donations (possibly trading on his former CFLB connection). Eventually he started the Dominion Textile Press, which published an embossed print magazine for blind readers. The content consisted of stories copied from other magazines. Gate sent it free of charge to any blind person whose name he acquired. He also sent it to public libraries, in return for a letter of support, which he then used to solicit donations.