New public/private partnership develops to create center for autism
December 19, 2012
Through an innovative private/public partnership, The William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families of Orange County have provided $14.8 million to build a multidisciplinary center
for autism research and treatment. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California (The Center for Autism) will be part of leading global research institute, the University of California at Irvine.
"The growing rate of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders is staggering and has a profound impact on families and communities," said Sandra Barry, chair of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. "The Center … will be at the vanguard in diagnosis and treatment in an effort to help people and families that are affected by these disorders."
This round of funding will be divided between two preliminary efforts, with $7 million going to evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services and another $7 million going toward research and clinical services.
Foundations and organizations that are collaborating to provide funds for important causes might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management
programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.