RANDOLPH, Mass., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- May Institute, a national nonprofit network of educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral health services for individuals with autism and other special needs, is among the selected beneficiaries of the U.S. Government's 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is the world's largest workplace giving campaign that benefits thousands of nonprofit organizations.
Donations made through the campaign will provide specialized services to families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially military families living on bases with limited services. Last year, May Institute received pledges of more than $53,000 from federal employees around the globe.
A shortage of qualified providers and the lack of professional resources near installations mean that fewer than 10% of military children with ASD are receiving critical treatment and care. The Institute's participation in the CFC strengthens its ability to provide vital services to these military dependents and their families.
"When a child is diagnosed with autism, the entire family is affected. For military families, the challenges multiply with deployments and transfers," says May Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP. "The tremendous generosity of CFC donors makes it possible for us to provide critically needed resources for families affected by autism."
To be named a beneficiary of the CFC, May Institute underwent a rigorous review to demonstrate that it meets the highest standards of public accountability, and program and cost effectiveness. These standards are required by the U.S. government, and fewer than 50,000 charities (or 5%) of the millions of charities operating in the U.S. meet these standards.
The Independent Charities of America has also awarded May Institute with the highest honor – the Seal of Excellence. This award is given to less than 2,000 charities (or 4%) of the 50,000 charities in the CFC.
The CFC campaign season runs through December 15. May Institute's DBA is "Autism, Brain Injury and Mental Health Services for Civilian and Military Families." Its CFC number is 11228.
About May Institute
May Institute serves individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, and behavioral health needs. The Institute provides autism-related services to military dependents and their families in all branches of the country.
For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.
SOURCE May Institute