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Autism Speaks Welcomes National Philanthropic Partner: Theta Delta Chi

We are thrilled to announced that Theta Delta Chi, one of the nation’s oldest college fraternities, has selected Autism Speaks as its national official philanthropy.  The partnership between Autism Speaks and Theta Delta Chi will engage the thirty-three Theta Delta Chi chapters on college campuses nationwide in autism awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts as part of our Autism Speaks U college program. Autism Speaks U is an initiative that engages college students in their efforts to support Autism Speaks.  Since its inception in 2008, Autism Speaks U events have raised over $1 million for Autism Speaks research and advocacy efforts. There are more than 45 Autism Speaks U chapters on college campuses nationwide.

We are extremely grateful to Theta Delta Chi for partnering with Autism Speaks.  With the support of its members, autism awareness will continue to grow on college campuses throughout the country.  Theta Delta Chi is the second collegiate society to partner with Autism Speaks through its Autism Speaks U program. In 2009, Alpha Xi Delta sorority selected Autism Speaks as its national philanthropic partner. Since the partnership was established, Alpha Xi Delta’s 120 collegiate chapters have raised over $625,000 for Autism Speaks.

For more information, click here to read the press release.

  1. December 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    This is GREAT! HOWEVER – I have been turned down 3 times by Autism Speaks to keep these grassroots programs going – What is UP with that? We all talk and talk and many of us are DOING it everyday. (With our own wallets, might I add) When we ask the biggest fundraiser they will not support the local programs. It is starting to sound like another huge”Fundraising” Group of yester year who spent the majority of the funds on Administrtive Costs!.

    • alidyer19
      December 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Peggy – We recognize that there are multiple needs in the expansive and varied autism community. The focus of Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants is on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Organizations interested in submitting an application must address one of the three areas of need. Successful applicants will apply grant funding to support new programs or the expansion of existing projects. For more information, visit here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/grants/community-grants

      • December 15, 2011 at 7:19 am

        Thank you for your response. I did apply, did send all the documentation, and did speak with multiple people from Autism Speaks. I was told it is strickly for scientific programs only. This is what continues to be so disappointing to me, and the many other families that I support personally to keep the program going. Please know that while I respect what you do, I still believe that funds should be “shared” with those that are doing the grassroots programs for these kids. It is sad indeed and should be noted that what Autism Speaks (the biggest by far fundraising organization ) does is for science ONLY, and that funds to keep these kids involved with horses and smiling and gaining balance, self-esteem, coordination etc. is NOT supported by Autism Speaks. More people should know that is my point. Again thank you for your response, and if there is any other avenue that you believe I may have some success with, please let me know. I have already written to the Wrights to gain some support at that level.
        One never knows…..
        thank you again
        Peggy Freeman

      • alidyer19
        December 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        Hi Peggy -it is untrue that we only sponsor grants for strictly science programs. You can explore all of the Family Services grants we have awarded(114) here. http://www.autismspeaks.org/about-us/grant-search/results/taxonomy%253A9776

        Please be sure to apply. Freedom Rides is one of the great many organizations out there and we do understand the difficulties of garnering enough funds to stay afloat; that is why these grants exist.

        Autism Speaks

      • December 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

        Thanks for your response, I am shocked that 3 different people would espouse the same notion of “Science Only” – You might want to look into that. As that was what I was told, that is what I believed to be true. I will try yet again and let you know what happens. It should not be this hard, each time.
        thanks again for responding

  2. Peter Bell
    December 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Sincere thanks to the International Order of Theta Delta Chi for selecting Autism Speaks to be their national philanthropy. I have had the privilege of working with the local chapter of TDX at Rutgers U in New Jersey for the past two years on a teen mentoring program for adolescent boys with autism called BrosUniteD, or BUD. The program was founded by Matt Cortland and Alex Lewis. Matt received a volunteer award from NJ First Lady Mary Pat Christie in April and the fraternity won Best Philanthropy at Rutgers last year for the program. There’s no question that this group helped convince their national to select Autism Speaks as their national philanthropy. Congrats guys and thank you for all that you do on behalf of the autism community. (for more info on BUD, visit http://www.brosunited.com)

  3. Sarah
    December 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you International Order of Theta Delta Chi – your work and support is gratefully received. It is so nice to know you are in our corner.

    Thanks to everyone at Autism Speaks for getting Theta Delta Chi on board – and all that you do with community outreach.



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