My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Autism Society of America, Bethesda, MD, USA
I first turned to the Autism Society back in 1988 when my son (then 3 years old) was diagnosed with autism. The Autism Society network provided me with information and support that would have been very hard to find on my own in those pre-internet days. Autism Society volunteers and staffers have helped our family every step of the way and have inspired me to volunteer, too.
These days there are many autism-related nonprofits but I still support the Autism Society because of its mission and its positive approach. The Autism Society doesn't claim it can solve everyone's problems but it does strive to help everyone affected by autism in some way. From my perspective, it accomplishes this goal every day.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help it increase its visibility and, in turn, raise more money. Historically, the Autism Society has gone about its work steadily and quietly without "bragging." In a competitive arena, it seems as if the nonprofits who maintain a higher profile attract more donors even if those aren't the organizations doing the best work. I hope "Great NonProfits" can help the Autism Society in this department.