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MISSION .............................................................................................. 3 MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ..................................... 4 PROGRAMS ..................................................................................... 5-6 2011 GRANTS ............................................................................... 7 - 8 THANKS TO OUR MVP SUPPORTERS .................................... 9 - 10 REVENUE & EXPENSES - 2009 & 2010 ....................................... 11 STORIES OF HOPE .......................................................................... 12 CONGRATULATIONS ..................................................................... 13 2012 FLUTIE FOUNDATION EVENTS CALENDAR.................... 14


The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by autism. We are dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism and the unique challenges of families who are faced with it everyday. Our commitment is to support these families by helping them find the resources they need and by funding advocacy programs as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities.


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends: It is extremely rewarding to see how many families we have supported through the Foundation over the last thirteen years. From school vacation programs to social skills classes to family support grants and many other programs, we have worked hard to provide funding to thousands of individuals with autism and their families, giving them a chance to improve their quality of life. It’s hard to believe that I have been with the Foundation for over twelve years myself. Since 1999, I have seen the prevalence numbers jump from 1 in 500 diagnosed with autism to now 1 in 110. While the autism community has made considerable progress in diagnoses, supports and treatments, the numbers continue to increase and there is much more to be done for many families still struggling with the day-to-day challenges of living with autism. We continue to seek opportunities to meet the needs of families affected by autism and have expanded our reach to organizations that support adults on the spectrum. We have also created a new program called the Flutie Family Safe and Secure Project. The goal of this new program is to keep kids safe and reduce the risks associated with wandering. We are very excited about this new initiative and hope to give families a peace of mind and benefit the community as a whole. Although fundraising has been very challenging in the last few years, I am proud to say that we have been able to maintain and in some cases increase our level of support through our grant cycle and the programs we support. Despite our small size, we have an incredible staff with great support from the board and many dedicated volunteers. Together, our team is making a difference in many lives. The Flutie Foundation is also very fortunate to have many loyal donors and corporate sponsors who show their support in many different ways. We look forward to working with all of you this year and helping more and more individuals with autism and their families get the help they need. Sincerely,

Lisa A. Borges Executive Director


PROGRAMS The Laurie Flutie Computer Initiative: Between 2010 and 2011, the Flutie Foundation gave close to 100 laptop computers to individuals with autism and the schools and organizations that serve them. This program is made possible through a partnership with Hewlett Packard. Since creating the Computer Initiative in 2000, over 440 computers have been donated by the Foundation helping thousands of people with autism. Several computers were also donated to the Foundation by local companies and were refurbished through our partnership with the Computer Science program at Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, Massachusetts. These skilled students took in each donated computer and gave it a complete once over to make sure that they were in perfect working order before they were given away to families and schools. Fun In The Sun Water Sports: Each year the Flutie Foundation partners with AccesSportAmerica in order to provide a fun and safe adaptive summer water sports program for people with autism and their families. In 2011 over 50 individuals with autism took part in the program at Reservoir Lake at Mass Hospital School in Canton, MA and at Spaulding Rehab in Boston, MA. Hundreds of people with autism have taken part in this program since its inception in 2002. The Flutie Family Safe & Secure Project: The Flutie Family Safe & Secure Project is a partnership between the Flutie Foundation, LoJack SafetyNet and Northeastern Fence & Supply in an effort to help those with autism who tend to wander. Through this partnership, which was launched in 2011, the Foundation and LoJack SafetyNet will donate 50 SafetyNet Bracelets and one-year subscriptions to the SafetyNet service covering the initial registration fee of $99 and one year of service ($500 value) to


PROGRAMS caregivers of individuals with autism in New England. Opportunities to “Sponsor a Family” as part of the Safe & Secure Project are available. Please contact the Foundation if you would like to learn how you can help a family in need obtain this important service. Also as part of the Safe & Secure Project, Northeastern Fence & Supply has partnered with the Foundation to donate 2 fence installations per year to financially challenged families of children with autism in Northeastern Massachusetts to help keep their kids safe. Autism Update Conference: Each year the Flutie Foundation partners with Children Making Strides to offer parents and professionals an update of the most recent developments in the world of autism. In 2011 Shonda Schilling, wife of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, gave the conference Keynote speech and shared her journey after their 10-year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and how it changed them as a family. Other topics at the conference included information about current neuroscience research into the autistic brain, insight into raising a more independent teen with autism, evidence based practices in the classroom & community settings and how to bill health insurance companies for ABA services.


2011 Grants In 2011, the Flutie Foundation granted over $380,000 in grants to 30 organizations serving the autism community in New England, New York, New Jersey, Southern California & select parts of Canada. These grants range from family support grants, to adaptive camps to vocational skills programs and more. The Foundation has given close to seven million dollars to autism organizations since 1998.

Name of Organization



Autism Alliance of MetroWest, A Program of Advocates, Inc.


Family support grants, vacation programs & resource fair for teens

Community Resources for People with Autism


Family support grants

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.


Recreational program for school vacation weeks

Melmark New England


Partnership with a Boys & Girls Club for an after school program

Minute Man Arc for Human Services


Integrated recreational and respite program

Northeast Arc/Autism Support Center


Family support grants

Scituate CORSE Foundation


Recreational and social skills programs

South Norfolk County ARC/Family Autism Center


Recreational and social skills programs; sibling support group

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital


Communication program and training for adults with autism

Umass Medical School-Autism Insurance Resource Center


Education & awareness for autism insurance legislation

Asperger’s Association of New England


Family Support Grants

Autism Families CONNECTicut, Inc.


Recreational & social skills programs

Maine Autism Alliance


Education & family support

The Autism Project


Social skills

Vermont Family Network


Family Support Grants


New England


2011 GRANTS Name of Organization



North Jersey Friendship House


Adult services and transitional program; employer training

West Bergen Mental Healthcare


Camp counselor-in-training program for young adults with Aspergers

New Jersey

Name of Organization

New York


Arts Horizons

Nassau Services for the Autistic AutismSuffolk Alliance of MetroWest, A

Program of Advocates, Inc.

Spectrum Designs Foundation

Purpose $10,635

Amount Curriculum training & education

$12,000 Adult services Family support grants and school vaca- & transitional program tion programs $20,000

Community Health Programs, Inc.

$9,000 Adult services & transitional; Job Therapeutic play, social skills groups and coach parent training $10,000

Doctor Franklin Perkins School

Saturday recreational program with social skill building

Upstate NY FEAT Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.

Recreational program - summer camp $9,825 Family support, education with siblings $5,000 and

Greater Waltham Arc (GWArc)

Family support grants for recreation and respite

Town of Hamburg Dept. of Youth and Recreation United Cerebral Palsy of Syracuse

California League School of Greater Boston Inc. Learning Rights Law Center Positive Action Community Theatre

Milford Public Schools

Northeast Arc/Autism Walden Family Services Support Center

SAGE Crossing Foundation Canada Byte Camp Education Society

Scituate CORSE Foundation

Community Resources forCharity People Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s


Recreational & social skills programs


Caregiver training & education


summer camp


Transportation for vocational placements & $16,750 recreational outings Advocacy-School $10,000 Access Program After school and Saturday social skills arts recreational $5,000 Performing group $14,676 program $19,495

Family support grants

Family support & social skills programs for foster youth with ASD $15,000

Year round farm-based program for adults with ASD


After school and year round social skills $5,160 Multimedia computer camps for kids & recreational programs $2,500 with ASD $15,000

Family Support Grants

with Autism

Family support grants


National The Bridge Center

Camp Connect, a summer camp for teens with Aspergers


Organization for Autism Research


Training for general educators

Unified Theater Inc.


Performing arts recreational program partnering with schools




A Special Thanks to our MVP Supporters Fan ($500+)

Michael Moran

Clyde & Constance Doolittle

Jannine Baker

Susan Moran

Colpitts World Travel

Bartlett Hackett Feinberg P.C.

Robert Morgan

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation

Michael Muldowney

CyberCore Technologies

Gregory Mullen

Data Centrum Communications, Inc.

Beverly Beckham

Mutual of America Foundation

Julie Doherty-Pagano

Ronald Berry

New York Life Insurance

Edelstein & Company LLP

Blouin & Company

Ocean State Auto Auction Corp.

Malcolm Farwell

Cape Clogs Inc

Partners In Leadership, Inc.

Peter Flaherty II

Michael R. Coppe, D.M.D

Paul W. Marks Co., Inc

Ghilani Electric Inc.

City of Boston School Account

Saren Pen

Paul George

Coan, Inc.

Pegasystems Inc.

Hampden Bank

Robert Creeden

Holly Powers

Nancy Herbert

Samuel Davidson Robert & Katherine Deluca

Putnam High School Student Association

James M Stoneman Charitable Fund

Joyce Dibona

Quidley & Company Inc.

John Everett Funeral Home

D.J. Quirk Ford, Inc.

Red’s Towing & Auto Repairs

KER, Inc.

Amanda Dobin

Daniel Scully


John Driscoll

Super Shag Productions & Dance Studios

Loma Linda University Health Care

John Terwilliger

Donna Lucente

Charles & Joanne Gaffney

United Way of Rhode Island

McLean Hospital

Kenneth Gear

United Way of Southeastern PA

National Philanthropic Trust


Andrew and Judith Ursitti

Natick Mall

Jan Utrecht

New England Wireless Association, Inc.

Golf Promotions, Inc.

West Springfield Auto Parts, Inc.

Raphael Oliver

Folan Waterproofing And Construction Co., Inc.

Pavilion Hand Surgeons Inc.

Steven & Julie Gonzalez Mike & Mary Gore

Coach ($1,000+)

Stephen Grabowski

Auto Alert

Danielle Graham

Auto Body Supplies & Paint

Elizabeth Gurr

Joseph Bator

Mark Havican

Belmont Car Wash, Inc.

Howland Family Foundation

Julianna Berry

Shamez & Ilyse Kanji Kopelman and Paige, P.C.

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Inc.

L.A.F Trust

Boston Foundation

Michael & Wendy Lipp

Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites

Kevin Manchester

Marcia Brown

Marco Enterprises

Thomas Burton

Monty Tech

Tina Cantu

Jim Moran & Associates, Inc.

Cappiello Promotions, Inc.


Paul Lovullo

Stephen Peterson P. Jerome & Cynthia Richey Rockland Trust Company SCVNGR, Inc. Skillsoft Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. Stephen Prone Suffolk Construction Theordore L. Craft, Esq., L.L.M The Hand Center of Western MA Hope Troilo UNUM Wellington Management Company, LLP

~ We regret the omission of any donors. We are truly grateful for all of the support that we receive! ~

A Special Thanks to our MVP Supporters Hail Mary ($2,500+)

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Matt George

Antony Graf, Inc.

Salt Branding LLC

Grant Habbershon

Boston Foundation

St. Vincent Hospital/Metrowest Medical Center

Brenden Webb

Cable Components Group LLC Camels Breath Inn Costa Fruit & Produce Company Elms College

Tetra Tech, Inc. TJX Companies Versatile Communications, Inc.

Shannon Coughlin Ashley Taylor Jon Freni

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., LLC

Super Bowl MVP ($10,000+)

Heisman Trophy

Balise Motor Sales Company

Thank you to Dougie’s 2011 Falmouth Road Race Team which raised over $16,000!

John C. And Eunice B. Morrison Charitable Foundation

Douglas & Laurie Flutie

Tanya Sullivan

NFL Charities

Chris Baylow

Kershaw Foundation Charitable Trust

Capital One Service, LLC

Laura Davis

Skills USA Massachusetts

Alison Coppe

Smith & Wollensky

Neda Sakhitab


Mass Mutual Mintz, Levin, Cohn Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mark Noble

Northeast Utilities

Champion ($25,000+)

Andrew Reghitto

Pitching in For Kids, Inc.


Bill Davis

PR Restaurants LLC

Boston Interactive

Jennifer Yaar

Scituate Beach Association

Brait Builders Corp.

Todd Zimmerman

Sheehan Services

Eastern Bank

Rory Lindstrom

Alan Smith

Hess Companies

Diane Powderly

Taylor Global, Inc.

Kevin & Punam Keller

The May Institute, Inc.

LoJack Corporation

Vivaldi Partners, Inc.

Sons of Italy Foundation

Peter Ward

Sun Life Financial

Wolfe Laboratories, Inc.

Pro Bowl ($5,000+) Michael Borr Boston College - Athletic Department

A very special thank you to Dougie’s 2011 Boston Marathon team which raised over $70,000! Mike Tatian

Boston SKAL Club

Amanda Staples

Dunkin Donuts

Tim Nahill

General Mills

Jennifer Gamberdella

Grill 23

Cara Gamberdella

Houlihan Lokey

Deidre Ostrowski

NaviSite, Inc.

Greg Baxter

Norman Knight Charitable Foundation

Alan Seymour

Andy Powderly Dave Blouin

Thank you to the Flutie Brother’s Band! Ted Armstrong Spencer Hargis Sean Jenness Mike Smith

Devin Mackie

~ We regret the omission of any donors. We are truly grateful for all of the support that we receive! ~


Revenue/Support & Expenses for the Years 0% Ending December 31, 2010 and 2009 Revenue & Support 1. Contributions27% & Grants $ 2. Special Events 37% 16% 3. In-kind Support 4. Investment Return 5. Other Income Total revenue & support: $


2010 185,826 347,181 154,912 255,724 987 944,630

2009 196,730 520,674 58,740 433,371 639 1,310,154

5. Other Income - 0% 1. Contributions & Grants - 20%

4. Investment Return - 27%



2. Special Events - 37%

3. In-Kind Support - 16% Expenses 1. Programs (Grants) $ 2. Programs (Other) 3. Special Events 4. Fundraising 5. Management & General Total expenses: $

4. Fundraising - 7%

2010 392,468 246,568 206,910 69,173 76,742 991,861

2009 458,453 228,806 256,325 75,189 90,011 1,108,784

5. Management & General - 8%

3. Special Events - 21%

2. Programs (Other) - 25%

1. Programs (Grants) 39%

Total Assets Net Assets - Unrestricted, end of year $ 11

2010 2,179,215

2009 2,226,446

Stories of Hope Dear Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Our son has Asperger’s and currently takes guitar lessons. Until about one and a half years ago he was not into music. The miracles we see today began with the video game Guitar Hero. He reluctantly tried it...then the metamorphosis began. Music has changed his life, persona, self-image, life goals & dreams. Financially it’s been challenging. This grant will allow our son to continue guitar lessons along with piano lessons. You have made us all very happy. Thank you for your commitment to autism and autism spectrum disorders. You are making a 14-year-old boy’s wish come true. With Sincere Appreciation, The Benson Family


Congratulations Congratulations to the 2011 Doug Flutie, Jr. Award Recipient Amy Weinstock! Each year the Flutie Foundation gives an award to a person who has shown extraordinary dedication and commitment to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She has been given this award based on her work on issues relating to insurance coverage for children with autism spectrum disorders. As Chair of the Insurance Committee of Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) she played a key role in passing the recently enacted Autism Insurance Legislation in Massachusetts. She is an appointee to the State’s recently formed Special Commission Relative to Autism and in 2009-2010 she served on the State’s Long Term Care Financing Advisory Committee. Amy is the past President of Friends of LADDERS – the outreach arm of LADDERS Lurie Family Autism Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Through 2008 she served as an Advisor to the State of Massachusetts Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund. Amy was also a member of the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs where she served on the Advisory Board to the Consortium’s Family-Professional Partners Institute. Amy graduated in 1981 from Wellesley College, received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1985, and a Certificate from the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Fellowship Program at UMass Medical School, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, in 2005. She is a recipient of the Margaret L. Bauman, MD Award for Excellence within the Autism Community (2009), and a Distinguished Citizen Award from the ARC of Massachusetts (2010).


2012 Flutie Foundation Events Calendar

January 23rd - 9th Annual Flutie Bowl March 16th – 3rd Annual Rock n Hoops Presented by Balise Auto June 18th & 19th – 13th Annual Doug Flutie, Jr. Celebrity Golf Classic and Pre-Tournament Party Presented by Sunlife Financial. September 30th – 13th Annual Eastern Bank Flutie 5K.

To find out how you can be a part of one of these fantastic events, please contact Nicole at or 1-866-3AUTISM.


Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Permit 50 Framingham, MA 01701

PO Box 767 Framingham, MA 01701 Tel: 1-866-3AUTISM

Board of Directors Doug Flutie Laurie Flutie Joseph Bator Steve Brackett Michelle Brait Tom Burton Tina Cantu Dr. Bill Carlezon Jr. Shamez Kanji Kevin Lane Keller Donna Lucente Marty Martini* Michael Shunney Foundation Staff Lisa Borges – Executive Director Christopher Chirco – Director of Programming Nicole Guglielmucci – Director of Events & Marketing Lisa Collins – Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

*It is with a very heavy heart that the Flutie Foundation learned of the passing of one of our Board members, Marty Martini, in January 2012. Marty was a very active member of the special needs community as the parent of a young man with autism. We will remember Marty as a tireless advocate for people with special needs and as an energetic individual who dedicated his life to those in need.

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