Cooperman Grant
Double Your Donation in 2018!

In 2018, the challenge begins again! Leon and Toby Cooperman have generously pledged to give a $250,000 challenge grant to support our P.R.I.D.E. Endowment campaign over five years. The Renee and Bruce Litinger and Family Endowment is now at $1.5 million thanks to the generosity of so many supporters and events!

In 2018, we need your help to get us even closer to our big goal of raising $2 million to secure the future of P.R.I.D.E.

Contributions of up to $50,000 made in 2018 will be doubled through a matching $50,000 from the Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation. This $50,000 match will be repeated through 2019 for a potential total of $250,000!

The Coopermans give to many nonprofits, and ECLC is especially close to them. For 25 years, Toby was a Learning Disability Teaching Consultant at our Chatham school and now serves on our Board of Trustees.

Donate Today!

Since being established in December 2014, the Renee and Bruce Litinger and Family P.R.I.D.E. Endowment has raised $1.5 million from friends of ECLC like you. We are so grateful for all the support in the past year.

Please consider making a contribution today to help us secure this generous challenge grant! Checks should be made out to the "ECLC Foundation" and sent to:

    ECLC Foundation
    P.R.I.D.E. Endowment
    100 Passaic Avenue, Suite 1
    Chatham, N.J., 07928
Why Are We Fund-Raising for P.R.I.D.E.?

Government funding is decreasing for P.R.I.D.E., but demand for the program keeps growing. P.R.I.D.E. began in September 2008 as a pilot program with 17 alumni. Today, P.R.I.D.E. serves 142 adult clients at two fully equipped centers.

The program is so successful that ECLC school graduates from many years ago are returning to enroll in the program. Our clients range in age from 21 up to 42! This speaks both to the success of P.R.I.D.E. and, sadly, to the lack of other suitable options for our clients, who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome or another developmental disability.

The Endowment will help to:

  • Supplement day-to-day operating costs
  • Start new centers when current centers reach capacity
  • Purchase equipment, such as vans, computers and more
  • Provide emergency funding for compassionate reasons related to client and family aging issues
The Importance of P.R.I.D.E.

At ECLC, we believe that people with developmental disabilities, regardless of age, can grow, learn and realize their full potential if given the right opportunities and activities.

Our goal is to enhance our clients' lives and increase their skills with the hope that one day they may lead more independent lives.


P.R.I.D.E. clients
Renee and Bruce Litinger (with P.R.I.D.E. clients) have committed to raise $2 million to support our program for adults with special needs.

Leon and Toby Cooperman
"We believe in the P.R.I.D.E. mission and want to ensure that P.R.I.D.E. continues for many years to come," said Leon and Toby Cooperman about why they're supporting our campaign.