Orange Effect Foundation 2019 Grants Exceed $130,000
Communication devices and therapy provided for dozens of children across the United States
By: The Orange Effect Foundation
Speech language pathologist and board member, Melissa Meehan, explains that some parents unwillingly choose to forego speech therapy for their children because the money is required for more immediate needs such as food and housing. Melissa explains that, "the Orange Effect Foundation works very hard to identify children who demonstrate the highest communicative and financial need." In addition to submitting current speech and language evaluations, documentation of insurance coverage and household income, grant applicants are asked to explain why an Orange Effect grant is needed and how it will improve the child's and/or family's quality of life.
Since 2015, Orange Effect grants have purchased 44 speech-generating devices and over 4,200 hours of speech therapy. Although over 195 children nationwide have benefited from an Orange Effect grant since the foundation's inception, the board knows that the need for funding is significantly greater.
The Orange Effect Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, or sexual orientation. Although grants are awarded based on financial need, the foundation does consider extenuating circumstances. In all cases, the Orange Effect Foundation prefers to be the funder of last resort, relying on corporate, community, and individual support to raise funds.
The next grant application deadline is February 15, 2020. For more information and to obtain a copy of the grant application visit www.theorangeeffect.org.
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The OEF Golf for Autism is the Orange Effect Foundation's largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the event have raised more than $300,000. The Orange Effect Foundation's 14th Annual Golf for Autism will be held August 3, 2020 at Elyria Country Club. For more information and to register, please visit www.theorangeeffect.org.