Randolph, Mass. — May Institute, a national nonprofit network of educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral health services for individuals with autism and other special needs, is pleased to announce that it has received pledges of more than $53,000 as a beneficiary of the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign’s (CFC) multi-million dollar fundraising effort.
Funds donated to May Institute will go towards providing specialized care and support services to military families who have a child with autism. A shortage of qualified providers and the lack of professional resources near installations mean that fewer than 10 percent of military children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are receiving critical treatment and care. The Institute’s participation in the CFC strengthens its ability to provide vital services to these military dependents with special needs and their families.
“We are deeply honored to be part of a campaign that generates millions of dollars each year to improve quality of life for so many, and by the tremendous generosity of individuals who support our mission,” says May Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP. “As the number of individuals requiring specialized care continues to escalate, so does the need for additional resources and comprehensive support services.”
Managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. Despite a very tough economic year in 2010 and a drop in charitable giving across the country, federal, military, and postal employees pledged more than $281.5 million to the CFC. The amount raised was the second highest in the CFC’s history and only less than half a percent below the record set in 2009 of $282.6 million.
Pledges made by donors during the CFC season (September 1 – December 15) support nonprofit organizations that have met the CFC’s public accountability standards and eligibility criteria. To be eligible to become a beneficiary of the CFC, May Institute underwent rigorous reviews and demonstrated that it met the highest standards of public accountability, and program and cost effectiveness.
The Independent Charities of America awarded May Institute a Seal of Excellence. Of the one million charities operating in the U.S. today, it is estimated that fewer than five percent are selected to be part of the Independent Charities of America. Moreover, fewer than four percent of these charities have received this Seal of Excellence.
May Institute’s DBA is “Autism, Brain Injury and Mental Health Services for Civilian and Military Families.”
About May Institute Founded in 1955, May Institute has its roots in a family’s vision of enabling children with disabilities to lead the fullest lives possible. Today, May Institute provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides autism-related services to military dependents and their families, and serves all branches of the military — Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard — at installations across the country.
May Institute is one of the largest and most well-respected providers of special education schools and services for children and adults with autism and other special needs in Massachusetts and the U.S. Our programs touch the lives of thousands of individuals and their families each year at nearly 200 service locations across the country. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.