The Doug Flutie Jr., Foundation for Autism distributed over $405,000 to 43 non-profit organizations as part of its annual grant cycle. The announcement came during the Flutie Family Holiday Spectacular virtual broadcast event earlier this month, where each organization was surprised on camera. In light of the extreme challenges that many people with Autism are facing this year, and thanks to the generosity of so many donors, the Flutie Foundation increased their overall funding in 2020 as compared to recent years.
“We are proud to increase our funding this year and invest in an amazing group of resilient organizations through our grant cycle,” said Doug Flutie, Natick High School graduate, and president and co-founder of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. “These grants will help them continue their critical work of helping people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest.”
The distribution will support families and organizations who represent at least seven different primary languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic and American Sign Language (ASL) across eight states. The funding will directly aid programs that support work, school, safety, social activities, and a wide range of other activities for individuals with Autism and their families.
About the Flutie Foundation
Former NFL Quarterback Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $15 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism. The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its partnerships and special initiatives.