TCP is in its fifteenth year of operation, our adolescence! We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, raising money to help support our programs and services. In the early days of our organizational childhood, we were able to rely on a small number of very generous individuals who had the foresight to understand the impact that this organization would have on the Atlanta autism scene and beyond.
Now, as we climb into our relatively mature teen years, we no longer blindly rely on a few donors; instead, we have broadened our impact and our base of support to a great degree. Like the teenager who is headed out into the world, we have also expanded our horizons. We have connected with more community partners and donors, and we have a better understanding of the actual impact we have on the world around us. We also have an emerging sense of the larger impact we are poised to have as we move towards our organizational adulthood!
The Soiree, our signature fundraising event, started as a small dinner party in an employee’s home. Now, it has become a big, bold gathering at Smoke Rise Country Club. Guests dress up, the wine flows, and there are activities and entertainment that make the evening really fun.
Of course, all of this is in service to the larger mission. Our primary goal isn’t really (just) to have a good party; we are raising money to support our programs and services, and a great party can be a productive way to do it. By raising $200,000 each year, we are able to keep the price of tuition from rising as high as the cost of the services we provide. In some parts of the country, these services can cost $60,000 or more, and in our state of Georgia which provides only limited financial support to families, many simply could not afford these kinds of services if we didn’t do so much fundraising.
We love the Soiree, as it brings together so many different constituents of our community, giving us a chance to showcase our work and to celebrate the many people who support us. We want you to come to feel that celebration, and we need you to support our work so that we can continue to set the standard for therapeutic education and transition support services in the region. A successful Soiree will help us to raise almost half of our annual goal, and we need you to do it!
This year our theme is Southern Shores, so please join us at the beach this year for a great party serving a great cause!
~ Dave Nelson, Executive Administrative Director