In 2017, 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. We have successfully raised the first $100,000, thanks to the generosity of so many supporters. The Renee and Bruce Litinger and Family Endowment is now at $1,100,000!
In 2017, we need your help to get us even closer to our big goal of raising $5 million to secure the future of P.R.I.D.E.
Contributions of up to $50,000 made in 2017 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!
Since being established in December 2014, the Renee and Bruce Litinger and Family P.R.I.D.E. Endowment has raised $1,100,000 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:
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:
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.