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Flutie Foundation Grants Over $400,000 to Signature Grant Partners

This week, we held our annual 2020 Partner Reception to announce the recipients for our Signature Grant Cycle. We are grateful to announce we were able to grant over $400,000 to organizations who share and advance our vision of a world where people with autism are included, respected, and actively engaged in our communities. 

“For this grant cycle, our grants focused on under-served and culturally diverse communities across eight different states. This is the Flutie Foundation’s largest grant cycle and we’re honored to award a group of amazing organizations,” says Nick Savarese, Executive Director of the Flutie Foundation. “The money from these grants will directly support our mission to help people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest.”

We are deeply inspired by and forever grateful to our signature grant non-profit partners for their tireless efforts every day in their communities to ensure those with autism have access to insurance benefits, opportunities for social and physical activity outside of school, safety in their communities, sensory friendly spaces, vocational opportunities and more.

Event Highlights 

The Partner Reception program featured Flutie Fellow, Lavender Darcangelo, aspiring singer. 

2020 Boston Marathon runner and Flutie Fellow, Mike Palmer, also gave an inspiring speech about having autism and finding his way with Dougie’s Team. 

Quotes from Our Inspiring Partners

“We are happy to share that the Autism Alliance is one of the recipients of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation Signature grants 2020. We are thrilled to use the grant funding for our vacation and family events. In addition, the grant funding will allow us to broaden our offering of Portuguese and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters throughout our programming. Thanks to all our friends at the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.” – Allison Daigle, Autism Alliance of Metrowest

“We are very grateful to be here. It is a big honor for the Vietnamese population of children with special needs. It is the first time ever we received this kind of honor and support. The whole community is thrilled just to be here. If we can bring the whole Vietnamese community we would! Thank you so much for remembering us; the voice of isolated people.” – Gabriel Tucker, Circle of Vietnamese Parents


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