At a time when more and more children are being identified for early intervention services like those provided by the Special Learning Center, it seems unthinkable that the agency would not be here to serve these children and their families.
However, much of the funding that secures the agency’s existence is controlled by organizations other than the Special Learning Center.
That’s where the Special Learning Center Foundation comes in.
The mission of the Special Learning Center Foundation is to ensure quality services are available to children with special needs by securing the ongoing viability of the Special Learning Center.
Established as a 501 (c) 3 corporation, the SLC Foundation's priority is to accept and manage contributions from individuals and businesses and to distribute the earnings from these contributions to support the Special Learning Center.
The SLC Foundation works with donors who wish to contribute to the security of the Special Learning Center and ensure that quality services are available for children with special needs. All funds received by the SLC Foundation are invested and only the earnings from the contributions are distributed to the agency for programs, services and unmet needs.
Nearly 70 percent of the Special Learning Center budget is based upon reimbursement for services. Some of these reimbursement rates were set in the late 1980s and have not increased since that time. In addition, the number of students being served each year continues to increase significantly. As a service provider, the SLC does not have the ability to influence a rate increase, resulting in the need for the Foundation to help make up the funding gap...a gap which widens as the number of children served increases.
Trustees and Advisors
The SLC Foundation is governed by an 11-member Board of Trustees and 5 Board Advisors who volunteer their time and expertise to guide the operations of the organization. The Foundation is supported by the Executive Director and the Director of Fund Development for the Special Learning Center.