Abilis Completes $1.5 Million Circle of Caring Endowment Campaign During Organization’s 65th Anniversary Year

Abilis Community Foundation president, Hal Ritch and his wife Linda at the recent Abilis Circle of Caring celebration.

Abilis Community Foundation president, Hal Ritch and his wife Linda at the recent Abilis Circle of Caring celebration. Contributed photo

Abilis, the non-profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with special needs and their families, has successfully completed its Circle of Caring endowment campaign raising $1.5 million for the Abilis Community Foundation.

A celebratory reception was held at the home of Abilis Board member Marco Viola and his wife Sofia to celebrate the official close of the campaign and its success.

In attendance were Circle of Caring donors, Abilis Inc. Board members, as well as officers of the Abilis Community Foundation.

The Circle of Caring campaign was launched in 2013 to generate funds for the Abilis Community Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization founded exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of advancing the welfare of persons with developmental disabilities who work and live in lower Fairfield County. The Abilis Community Foundation provides funding to Abilis, Inc. and a limited number of select non-profit partners through a grant process.

According to Abilis Community Foundation president, Hal Ritch, the funds raised through the endowment campaign have placed the Foundation in a stronger position to provide grant support in the future, which is especially important in light of uncertain state funding.

“In the last two years, support from the Foundation has helped make a real difference in the lives those we serve. Foundation funding has enabled Abilis to launch its Therapy Center in Stamford that provides a full range of therapeutic and educational services to individuals of all ages, to place more people in competitive employment through the hiring of a new job coach, and to create Abilis Activities, which provides avenues for social engagement within the community” said Dennis W. Perry, Abilis CEO and president.

Individuals interested in learning about major gifts and planned giving opportunities should contact Abilis director of development, Nancy Heller at (203) 531-1880, x161 or heller@abilis.us.

Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports over 700 individuals with special needs and their families of all ages and abilities.  Abilis has been a leader in serving the special needs community in Fairfield County in towns including, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Weston, and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, visit www.abilis.us, or facebook.com/Abilisinc, twitter.com/Abilis, or instagram.com/abilis_us.


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