In this fifth edition of our Recognizing Grantmakers blog series we are going to share with you an Excellence in Grantmaking nomination from TouchPoint Autism Services that looks to recognize Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis. Thank you to TouchPoint Autism Services for submitting this nomination for the 2011 Giving is On Going Excellence in Grantmaking category.
“Ongoing funding from Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis – strategically focused on children’s mental health services that are comprehensive, coordinated and provided at the community level – has enabled TouchPoint Autism Services to improve the system of care for our community’s children and families affected by autism.
Early intervention is critical to helping children with autism reach their fullest potential in life. The Foundation’s three-year grant support of Project ALERT – Autism Literacy for Early Response and Treatment has enabled TouchPoint Autism Services to develop and grow an important community outreach and education initiative. TouchPoint’s training workshops and consultations have equipped thousands of teachers, healthcare providers, church congregations, and community members to recognize the signs of autism, make timely referrals, and better support children and their families – now and well into the future. Lasting change has been made at the community level.
To further improve the system of care and meet identified community needs, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis is currently supporting TouchPoint’s efforts to develop a new Sooner Equals Better website and to implement a Family Navigation program that provides families with the hands-on support they need to navigate the system and access early intervention services. Once again, the Foundation’s mission-fulfilling grant support is enabling TouchPoint to develop a more coordinated, responsive, accessible system of care that will have a long-term impact on the health and welfare of our community’s children and families affected by autism.”
Each January at our Annual Meeting the Gateway Center for Giving recognizes grantmakers for our Excellence in Grantmaking Awards. While only three grantmakers each year receive awards, we get tons of great nominations from local nonprofits who want to recognize the foundations that have supported them over the years. In our Recognizing Grantmakers blog series we are going to share with you some of the nominations we received this year. While these nominations may not have been one of the three winners, these grantmakers (and nonprofits) deserve recognition for the great work they are doing in the St. Louis community.