Exceptional Children’s Foundation Recognized As 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Culver City, CA (April 30, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) announced today that it has received a prestigious 2015 Top‐Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are honored to be recognized by GreatNonprofits as a Top‐Rated Nonprofit for the third year in a row. This award was based on the many positive online reviews ECF received from donors and community supporters, and we appreciate the online support,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

One reviewer from the California Disability Services Association wrote, “ECF is focused on the entire lifespan of their clients, providing services for people with developmental disabilities from young children to school age to adult. There’s a commitment to maintaining relationships with families and to educating the community that contributes to the successful integration of their clients into the community. And they are looking to the future, adjusting to changes in society and new trends in services.”

A representative from The Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation (20MM) wrote, “We are working with ECF on an innovative pilot program to bring coding to high school students with special needs. Collaborating with their passionate, highly responsive, and knowledgeable team has been a key factor in the successful implementation of the program. ECF’s unrivaled dedication to positively impacting people with special needs is truly admirable.”

According to Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever. People with direct experience with Exceptional Children’s Foundation have voted that this nonprofit makes a real difference.”

Read more reviews about ECF at: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/exceptional-childrens-foundation-ecf.

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About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Hosts Letter-Writing Campaign to Fund System in Crisis

Culver City, CA (April 27, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) announces a Town Hall for clients, client families, and partners to participate in a letter-writing campaign to ask the California State Legislature to help fund critically-needed services for people with developmental disabilities.

ECF’s Town Hall will take place on Thursday, April 30, from 6:00-7:30pm, at the ECF Kayne Eras School Auditorium at 5350 Machado Road in Culver City. Attendees will write and sign letters to the California State Legislature asking for a 10% adjustment in the rates for services provided through the developmental disability services system.

“This Town Hall provides an opportunity for our clients, client families, and other supporters to share their concerns as a collective voice,” explained Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

Years of underfunding, cuts, rate freezes, old funding formulas, and inflation have hurt service providers’ and regional centers’ ability to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families get the services and supports they need. Over the past five years, numerous programs have been forced to close due to a lack of funding.

California Senator Jim Beall recently wrote a letter urging his colleagues for support, “Waiting is no longer an option. The system is in crisis and we must act now. People with developmental disabilities have seen the quality and effectiveness of services and supports wither. Many individuals and families are not receiving the services they need to remain independent as promised by the Lanterman Act.” Senator Beall’s letter was signed by 21 Senators and 35 Members of the California Assembly. To learn who signed the letter, visit this site: http://www.arcanet.org/docs/beall-letter-signatories.pdf.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.