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Executive Director

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism 

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Flutie Foundation Distributes Over $405,000 to Autism-serving Organizations Through its Largest Grant Cycle of the Year

Boston, Mass. – (December 2020)- The Doug Flutie Jr., Foundation for Autism (The Flutie Foundation), a leading non-profit in the Autism community, distributed over $405,000 to 43 non-profit organizations as part of its annual grant cycle. The announcement came on Wednesday, December 16th during their Flutie Family Holiday Spectacular virtual broadcast event, 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, 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. 

“During a pandemic, we had to change everything we do,” said Ashlee Bronson at The Summit Center. “The Summit Center is excited for this opportunity because it will greatly impact the people we serve with autism to boost their physical fitness and social opportunities during respite care. More than ever, these caregivers of people with autism need a break!”

A full list of the grant recipients for this year’s grant cycle are listed here:

  • Amego Inc.
  • Asperger/Autism Network, Inc.
  • Autism Alliance, a program of Advocates –
  • Autism Families CONNECTicut
  • Autism Insurance Resource Center
  • Autism Sprinter
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. –
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Bryce’s Journey, Inc.
  • Community Autism Resources
  • Extraordinary Ventures-
  • Friendship Home
  • Gnome Surf Therapy
  • Harmony Farms, Inc.
  • Horace Mann Educational Associates, Inc. (HMEA)
  • House of Possibilities (HOPE)
  • Italian Home for Children
  • J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center –
  • League School of Greater Boston
  • Melmark New England
  • NEADS Inc.
  • Northeast Arc Autism Support Center
  • Promise Inc. –
  • REED Foundation for Autism
  • School for Exceptional Studies
  • Scituate C.O.R.S.E. Foundation
  • SHARP Musical Experiences
  • Tech Kids Unlimited
  • The Arc of Bristol County
  • The Arc of Massachusetts
  • The Arc of the South Shore
  • The Autism Project
  • The Circle of Vietnamese Parents Inc
  • The North East Educational and Developmental Supports Center Inc.
  • The Northern Lighthouse, Inc.
  • The Special Needs Support Center of the Upper Valley
  • The Sports Museum of New England, Inc.
  • The Summit Center
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
  • Vermont Family Network
  • Waypoint Adventure Inc.
  • YMCA of The North Shore



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.