Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from the Norris Foundation

Culver City, CA (September 8, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation to support the ECF Kayne Eras Center School. This grant will help provide comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and enrichment programs for K-12 students with special needs.

The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation supports programs that advance better health and intellectual enlightenment through education, cultivation of the arts, individual responsibility, freedom, and dignity.

“On behalf of ECF, we greatly appreciate the generous and long-standing support of the Norris Foundation. This grant will allow us to help the students at the Kayne Eras Center School to reach their full potential,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

Assistant School Director Francziska Steagall explained, “Some of our students have struggled to fit in at their previous schools. When they come to Kayne Eras, they are no longer alone. Instead, they receive the customized one-on-one attention they need to feel safe so they can learn and excel. Regular support from partners like the Norris Foundation allows the Kayne Eras School to provide our students with a myriad of support services to help them build self-esteem and grow.”

Learn more about the Norris Foundation at http://norrisfoundation.org/about.html.

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 3,500 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 Receives Grant from the Alcoa Foundation

Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. This grant for the ECF Kayne Eras Center School will support the work of the Kayne Eras Coding Academy, which teaches basic programming and computer science principles to ninth and tenth grade students with special needs. The grant also supports the Alcoa Foundation’s efforts to develop the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals.

“Since technology is a way for many young people to become more engaged with learning and interacting with their peers, we look forward to expanding our coding program to the tenth grade and are very grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for this gift,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

“On behalf of Alcoa Foundation, we are so pleased to award this grant to the Coding Academy at the ECF Kayne Eras Center School, since we think that STEM education and training provide critical skills to prepare young people for the workforce,” explained Sarena Frank of Alcoa AFSR Carson aerospace fasteners operations.

Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, and the Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States. Founded 63 years ago, the Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million. In 2014, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of the Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their time and talents to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. In 2014, through the company’s signature Month of Service program, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com.

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 Receives Grant from QueensCare

Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from QueensCare. This grant will provide early intervention and family support services to young children with developmental disabilities and delays in our Early Start Program.

ECF’s Early Start Program was one of the first early intervention programs for young children in Los Angeles and has helped multiple generations of children maximize their development over the past 43 years. The program serves very young children from birth up to age three, a critical developmental window. A variety of Early Start therapies and structured activities helps young children develop language and social skills as well as physical strength and capability. The program also teaches family members how to manage behavior and support each child’s growth at home.

“ECF is very grateful for the partnership and support of QueensCare. This generous grant will help us to assist children with special needs so that they can achieve key developmental milestones. Our goal is to help Early Start Program participants grow into healthy children who can succeed in school and in life,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

“QueensCare is happy to support the health needs of the children in the Early Start program and further ECF’s goal of providing much needed child development resources to Angelenos,” said Barbara B. Hines, President and CEO of QueensCare.

QueensCare is a public charity that strives to provide, directly and with others, accessible healthcare for uninsured and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. QueensCare not only operates its own healthcare programs, providing services directly to Los Angeles residents, but also awards grants through its Charitable Division to supplement the healthcare services it provides directly. Learn more at www.queenscare.org.

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 Receives Grant from the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills to support the ECF Kayne Eras School. This grant will help provide comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and enrichment programs for K-12 students with special needs to manage their challenges and meet their goals.

“ECF is grateful to the members of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills for their commitment to the community. This grant will help ensure that students who need individualized attention due to disabilities or learning differences receive a range of services to help them thrive,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

“The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills is honored to support the ECF Kayne Eras Center School because one of our areas of focus is supporting education. We look forward to learning about the futures of Kayne Eras students once they graduate,” said Alissa Roston, President of Rotary Club of Beverly Hills.

The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills (http://www.bhrotary.org) comprises a diverse group of professional leaders that take an active role in the community while greatly enriching their personal lives. The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. In that spirit, the Beverly Hills Rotary Community Foundation has supported activities that benefit the greater Los Angeles community since 1923. Learn more about the Beverly Hills Rotary Community Foundation at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2506/Page/our-foundation.

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 Receives Grant from the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

Culver City, CA (July 23, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation. This grant for ECF’s Supported Employment Program will help provide an array of services to assist adults with developmental disabilities to gain employment and succeed in jobs in the community. The program offers interest assessments, job matching and placement, on-the-job training and support, and case management. Current job placements include the aerospace industry, retail, food service, janitorial services, and the automotive industry.

“This grant will allow us to maintain the great variety of employment opportunities available to our clients. Working in the community endows our clients with greater independence, increased self-confidence and a sense of belonging. We are grateful to The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation for their generous support,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

“Our associates bring diverse perspectives and interests to Capital, including the causes they support. We’re inspired to join them, actively helping to make things better – together – for as many lives as we can,” explained Alyson Sattler, Senior Manager of Contributions.

Capital Group is a worldwide investment management firm that encourages its associates to invest in their communities through donations and volunteer work. Capital Group and The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation enhance that support with additional funding in the form of grants and matching gifts. During the past 10 years, they have contributed more than $200 million to charitable organizations around the world. Learn more about Capital Group at https://www.thecapitalgroup.com.

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 Receives Grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Culver City, CA (May 1, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. This grant will provide support for a variety of enrichment programs for students with special needs at the ECF Kayne Eras School. Enrichment activities are fundamental to the school’s philosophy and include hands-on technology education, performing arts, visual art, business entrepreneurship, athletics, self-defense, and community service.

“ECF is grateful for the support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. This generous grant will allow us to make a positive impact on the students we serve and expand the enrichment opportunities available to them,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

Established in 1993, the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation seeks to continue Ella Fitzgerald’s legacy by making grants to promote a love of music, provide music education for children and young adults, and provide exposure to the joys and beauty of music. In addition, the Foundation provides grants that provide assistance to the at-risk and disadvantaged members of our communities – assistance that enables them to achieve a better quality of life.

“Our Board of Directors sees what important work ECF does, and we know that Ella would be so pleased that her philanthropic legacy lives on in such a meaningful way,” said Fran Morris Rosman, Executive Director of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

Learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, at www.ellafitzgerald.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EllaFitzgerald; and learn more about the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation at www.ellafitzgeraldfoundation.org.

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 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.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from The Siragusa Foundation

Culver City, CA (March 9, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from The Siragusa Foundation. This grant will provide support for a broad range of enrichment activities for students with special needs at the ECF Kayne Eras School. Enrichment activities are designed to complement the school’s educational and therapeutic services with a variety of engaging classes. Current options include hands-on technology education, performing arts, visual art, business entrepreneurship, athletics, self-defense, and community service.

“This grant will allow us to maintain the great variety of enrichment opportunities available to our students. These activities are important in helping our students build confidence and work together,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF, “We are grateful to The Siragusa Foundation for their generous support.”

“The Siragusa Foundation is pleased to continue supporting ECF’s Kayne Eras School. The foundation has always believed in empowering individuals to reach their greatest potential and such programs recognize that providing children with a variety of experiences and learning opportunities supports their healthy development, leading to a better quality of life,”  stated Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Director of The Siragusa Foundation.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, The Siragusa Foundation supports organizations that provide access and opportunity to the underserved so that they are empowered to help themselves and to experience a better quality of life. Founder and electronics businessman Ross Siragusa set up the foundation in 1950 as an extension of his lifelong habit of giving. Over the years, The Siragusa Foundation has provided significant philanthropic support to Chicago-based organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. Learn more about The Siragusa Foundation at http://www.siragusa.org.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) 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 Receives Grant from Disability Communications Fund

Culver City, CA (March 2, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Disability Communications Fund. This generous grant will provide interactive whiteboards in ECF Kayne Eras School classrooms.

“ECF is grateful for the support from the Disability Communications Fund. This generous technology grant will make a significant impact on our students with special needs since it will help engage them, assist with their communication skills, and provide a myriad of ways for them to express their thoughts and ideas. In addition, the integration of these interactive whiteboards will attract new teachers who understand the importance of technology as part of a well-rounded education,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

Disability Communications Fund supports technology and programs that serve the communication needs of Californians with disabilities and is the only funder in California that is solely dedicated to the communication needs of people with disabilities.

Learn more about Disability Communications Fund online at http://dcfund.us.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) 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.