The Becker Trust Grants for Innovation
Special Announcement on the Becker Innovation Grants. Please see below.
About the Becker Family
Dan and Angela Becker became involved with The Arc after their son Michael, who had Down syndrome, was born in 1965. As parents, Dan and Angela served as role models and were ahead of the times. They believed that no one should be left behind and made sure Mike was involved in the community. They also were exceptional volunteers and served on the boards of Greater Boston Arc and The Arc of Massachusetts. Dan was a particularly active force on the Government Affairs Committee. As committed advocates, they worked to ensure that parents’ voices were heard. In 2014 The Arc of Massachusetts dedicated the Center for Advocacy in honor of the Becker family’s decades of advocacy.
Dan and Angela worked hard to make sure that Mike would have a good life long after they had passed away. When he predeceased them, their legacy became a gift for our entire community. In this spirit, the Becker Trust will advance family advocacy for innovative programs that promote lifelong community supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This intensive three-year advocacy and outreach initiative will support The Arc in meeting these important goals:
- Advance opportunities for persons with disabilities through budget and systems advocacy
- Help families learn about and access needed supports, including elder caregivers
- Advance inclusion of persons with disabilities in work and social pursuits
- Address discrimination, both explicit and unintended especially targeting the medical community
About the Innovation Grants
The Trustees and Advisors of the Becker Family Trust in conjunction with the Becker Center for Advocacy invite you to submit a proposal. $1,000,000 in grants will be distributed to agencies serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, with four grants of $200,000 and ten grants of $20,000. Trust grant geographical criteria is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts only or a region therein.
The trustees and advisors, who will make decisions at their discretion, are:
- Alex Moschella, trustee, senior counsel at Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, Woburn
- Cynthia Haddad, Sibling and Financial Advisor with Special Needs Financial Planning, a specialty practice to Shepherd Financial Partners
- Elin Howe, consultant, former Commissioner of DD Services in Massachusetts and New York
Projects and programs should demonstrate high impact with innovative features. The focus areas to be considered may include:
- Social inclusion
- Self determination
- Assistive Technology
- Supported/Shared living