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Friday, September 25, 2015

Autism Speaks Donations Down

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss advocacy groups. Michelle Diament reports at Disability Scoop:
Fundraising totals are down at the nation’s largest autism advocacy group, according to newly released financial data.
Autism Speaks took in more than $57.5 million in 2014, some $6.2 million less than the group netted the year prior. 
The figures were made public this month in the organization’s tax filing for the 2014 calendar year, which the nonprofit is required to disclose under federal tax rules. 
Documents show that Autism Speaks doled out $15.7 million in grants and spent $23 million on compensation for its 277 employees. The group claims 450,000 volunteers. 
CJ Volpe, a spokesman for Autism Speaks, attributed the decline in donations to fewer major fundraising events in 2014.