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  • You Can Make A Difference for a Family! From our Call Center to our Annual Visions of Community Conference, your support helps inform, educate and empower families with the information they need to ensure better outcome for their children!
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  • Give Monthly

    You can support the Federation all year long. Monthly giving is convenient, easy and, best of all, it provides ongoing support throughout the year. When you become a monthly Sustainer, you are joining a special group of committed Federation donors. Your monthly gift helps the Federation reach more families!

  • Include the Federation through Planned Giving

    The Federation gratefully accepts gifts in the form of bequests (gifts made through your will). Bequests are a practical, simple, and very important way to ensure the Federation’s future. By naming the Federation as a beneficiary in your will, your gift helps ensure that families of children with special needs will continue to be offered support, training, and information for many years to come.

    To leave a gift in your will, simply ask your attorney or financial planner to include the following sentence:

    “I bequeath $______ or ________% of my estate to the Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Charlestown, MA 02129.”

    For assistance, or to explore other planned giving questions and opportunities, please contact the Development Office at 617-236-7210, ext. 374. You may also email our Director of Development, Maureen Jerz, at mjerz@fcsn.org.

  • “I literally couldn’t figure this out without you. Just knowing you are there is a comfort!”

    The words of a parent, Vicki, who contacted the Federation for help for her daughter.

    Your support of the Federation makes it possible to assist parents like Vicki across Massachusetts.

    Vicki is the mother of a 12 year old with a behavioral health diagnosis. Vicki contacted the Federation’s Family to Family Health Information Center about a number of concerns and problems she was having trying to navigate the complicated world of obtaining insurance coverage for her child. It soon became clear that Vicki needed more than just health insurance information. A single parent, Vicki had been struggling with feelings of isolation while caring for her child, who had recently been hospitalized. They had no home-based services, no family support. Vicki was under extreme stress, worried that her job was in jeopardy because of the time she was spending to care for her child’s needs.

    A Federation staff member guided Vicki through obtaining appropriate insurance coverage, accessing the state sponsored child disability supplement, obtaining resources for financial planning, camp scholarships and referrals to a variety of child care services. The Federation’s mission to inform, educate and empower families of children with special needs is the basis of every service we provide. With assistance from the Federation, Vicki is now feeling empowered and growing more confident in her own ability to access the education, health and community supports her child needs. Today, Vicki’ daughter is doing well. She has been able to remain at home while getting appropriate services in her school and community.

    Your support through our Annual Appeal helps us assist hundreds of other parents in Massachusetts who, like Vicki, struggle to get educational, health, and community resources for their child with special needs. We hope that you will donate generously this year! Your gift ensures that parents receive help in knowing how to access necessary services, learn the skills they need to successfully advocate for their own child, and develop confidence in their ability to “figure things out”.

    In Vicki’s words,

    “The support and information you provide makes a world of difference”.

    Thank you for your generous donation to support the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

    Would you like to help the Federation all year long? Join our NEW monthly Sustainer program! Consider a monthly gift of $5, $10, $20, or more to provide ongoing support throughout the year.

Supporting the Federation Improves Outcomes for Children with Special Needs

It is said that if you give a person a fish, and they will eat for a day, but if you teach a person to fish, they will never go hungry. When parents are informed, educated and empowered with knowledge and information, they are more equipped to be their child’s best advocate. Watch Jameel’s Story to hear about how one parent benefited from attending the Federation’s Visions of Community Conference.

Other Ways to Give

MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION NOW! Any gift, whether large or small, is important. If you would like to make a contribution by mail, please make your check payable to: FCSN, and mail to us at the address below. For further information please contact the Federation’s Development Office at:

phone617-236-7210 (ext. 374)
emailemail: mjerz@fcsn.org.
locationPlease mail your check made out to FCSN to: The Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3 Boston, MA 01209.

Workplace Giving

Make Your Gift Twice as Nice! Does your employer have a Matching Gift Program? There are many companies who have Matching Gift Programs.
Ask your employer if they will match your gift! Please be sure to submit a Matching Gift Form with your donation.