Randolph, Mass. — May Institute, a national nonprofit network of educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral health services for individuals with autism and other special needs, is among the selected beneficiaries of the U.S. Government’s 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is the world’s largest workplace giving campaign that benefits thousands of nonprofit organizations.
Donations made through the 2011 campaign will provide specialized care and support services to families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially military families living on bases with limited services. Last year, May Institute received pledges of more than $53,000 from federal employees around the globe.
A shortage of qualified providers and the lack of professional resources near installations mean that fewer than 10 percent of military children with 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.
“When a child is diagnosed with autism, the entire family is affected. For military families, the challenges multiply with deployments and transfers,” says May Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP. “The tremendous generosity of CFC donors makes it possible for us to provide critically needed resources for families affected by autism.”
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.
To be named a beneficiary of the CFC, May Institute underwent rigorous review to demonstrate that it meets the highest standards of public accountability, and program and cost effectiveness.
These standards are required by the U.S. government for inclusion in the CFC, and fewer than 50,000 charities (or five percent) of the millions of charities operating in the U.S. meet these standards.
The Independent Charities of America has also awarded May Institute with the highest honor – the Seal of Excellence. This award is given to less than 2,000 charities (or four percent) of the 50,000 charities in the CFC.
The CFC campaign season runs from September 1 – December 15, 2011. May Institute’s DBA is “Autism, Brain Injury and Mental Health Services for Civilian and Military Families.” Its CFC number is 11228.
To view a video about May Institute’s participation in the CFC, (http://www.youtube.com/user/mayinstitute6)
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.
For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.