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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
email: events@autismspeaks.org
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: check for May 2015 dates.
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.

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: sborris@grasp.com. 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 karen@infeat.org
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.

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

If you are interested in adding your organization or would like to make changes to a current listing on our website, please contact Natalie Forburger, LCPC, at (312) 563-2272 or natalie_m_forburger@rush.edu.