1 in 59 CHILDREN
IT IS ONE OF THE FASTEST-GROWING DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS IN THE U.S.
Eagles Charitable Foundation (ECF) believes that autism is an area that needs more attention and financial support. In addition to funding grants to leading institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area, ECF works collaboratively with the Eagles and the team’s corporate partners on autism research and services.
Through its unique platform, ECF is able to connect with some of the hardest-to-reach children. It also allows us to create incredible fundraising events for ECF supporters and Eagles fans, while also supporting our important work in the community.
HELPING TO DECODE AUTISM'S PUZZLE
It was a life-changing moment for Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie to see his brother – who was diagnosed with autism – communicate for the first time. Today, we’ve expanded our charitable focus to include multiple ongoing research grants at leading research institutions, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, among others, that aim to better understand and treat autism. There is so much we can learn about unlocking the mystery of autism and the more understanding and genuine connection we can bring to those touched by autism, the better. These investments are in tandem with our fundraising dinner “Taking Flight for Autism.”
Taking Flight for Autism is a football-themed, upscale dining event hosted at Lincoln Financial Field. Attendees enjoy a cocktail hour and dinner on the field, as well as a full program of football talk from Eagles coaches, players and executives. In its inaugural year in 2016, Taking Flight raised more than $300,000 in net proceeds. In addition, Eagles Charitable Foundation made a $1 million donation to the autism support programs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and its Center for Autism Research (CAR).