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Autism Fundraising and Awareness

Autism Society of Illinois
ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Its online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Its mission is to improve the lives of Illinois individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. For more information, call (630) 691-1270 or toll free at (866) 691-5553.

Autism Speaks
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Where: Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(224) 567-8573
Please join the Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks and help raise money to fund research into causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism. This fun-filled day is our single most powerful event to raise funds for critical research and awareness. Register today and help make tomorrow a better day for all who struggle with autism.
When: May 12
Registration: 8 a.m.; opening ceremony: 9:30 a.m.; walk start: 10:30 a.m.
To learn more or to start your own fundraising event, such as a golf tournament, triathlon, motorcyle ride, celebrity reading, comedy show, world class concert, etc., email the above address.

A Big Blast Project's Presents:
3rd Annual Push America Journey of Hope Celebration
Find out how you can get involved with A Big Blast's 2012 celebration, welcoming the 40 inspiring men who will be riding bicycles 4000 miles and stopping in Glenview!
Help us raise money for Push America Journey of Hope and for ALL the families they touch who have kids with special needs kids!
When: Wed,  July 18

Cupcakes and a Cause
Where: Hoffman Estates High School Cafeteria
1100 W. Higgins Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Join us for an incredible event to raise awareness for Autism by eating cupcakes! Cupcakes are sold to raise money for programs for people affected by autism; and to increase awareness about autism.
When: April 7, 11-12 p.m.
Cost: entry is free. Cupcakes are priced at $2 or a dozen for $20. There are also drinks available and free kids entertainment, including face painting. All Chance Tickets will benefit Hoffman Estates High School Best Buddies Program.
Calling All Bakers! We are looking for volunteers to bake and send in Cupcakes! Just register to bake online and to find more details.

The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
GRASP's mission is to improve the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy. GRASP envisions a world where all individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, valued, and fairly represented; where appropriate supports and services are readily available to those in need; and where people on the spectrum are empowered to participate in policy and personal decisions that affect their lives. Make a donation.

GRASP is in need of a volunteer to help keep their website up to date. They need someone who is familiar with Dreamweaver and has a copy of their own to use. The person must also be, or become familiar with the full GRASP website. Looking for a volunteer to donate 30 minutes of their time per week. Interested candidates contact: Include your full name and resume or short paragraph about your qualifications for this position.

Northwest INdiana
Families for Effective Autism Treatment
Contact: Karen Mummery at (219) 765-7897 or
Autism Walk/5K Run
Where: Wicker Memorial Park
8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
Highland, IN 46322
When: call for future events.
Indiana Families for Effective Autism Treatment (INFEAT) has partnered with North Township Trustee, Frank J. Mrvan, to host our "Move Your Feet for INFEAT" Autism Walk-A-Thon/5K run at Wicker Memorial Park! We invite you to join us in our effort to raise funds for local events and education for individuals with autism and their families.

Stand Up for Autism
Where: Riddles Comedy Club
5055 W. 111th St.
Alsip, IL 60827
(708) 422-5055
When: April 6, 6-10 p.m.
Cost: Admission $12.50, two drink minium
Ages: 21 and up
Hosted by Desmond Dailey, Jay Washington, Ken Garr, Meechie Hall, Brian Aldridge, Gene Renfroe and special invited guest comedians.

Tuesday's Child Family Marathon
Where: Gordon Tech High School
3633 N. California Ave. (at Addison)
Chicago, IL 60618
Join us for family fun and to raise funds to help families thrive!
When: May 6, 
8:30 a.m. registration and breakfast
9 a.m. event begins
Ages: children 10 and under are free.
Cost: $25 (registration fee) age 11+





Great Fundraising Ideas

All proceeds of the suggested fundraiser and awareness activities would go to an organization of your choice.

  • Bake sale
  • Bingo/carnival
  • Black tie event/open bar event.
  • Car wash
  • Comedy show
  • Dinner / dance
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Friday jean day at work or school, dress down or non-uniform day (e.g. collect $2 or more from each person)
  • Garage / yard sale
  • Host a meeting at your public library or distribute materials on community bulletin boards
  • Informational luncheon
  • Make a general donation
  • Movie / film premiere
  • Musical event (e.g. band, choir, theater)
  • Organize a raffle
  • Organize a sporting event (e.g. bowling, basketball, golf, tennis, swimming, triathalon, biking, etc.)
  • Pancake breakfast / brunch.
  • Raffle
  • Salsa dancing night
  • Silent auction
  • Sock-hop
  • Summer barbecue / picnic
  • Volunteer services (e.g. dog walking, landscaping, chores - ask for donation in return)
  • Walk/marathon run






See also: Grants