ASF Named #1 Nonprofit Start-Up By Philanthropedia/Guidestar: A shining star to those interested in real science and evidence based interventions

The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, has been named the number one startup nonprofit in the “Disabilities” category by Philanthropedia/Guidestar.

GuideStar is a nonprofit organization working to help donors make smarter donations by connecting them with some of the highest impact nonprofits in a cause. The rankings are based on the recommendations of over six dozen experts in the field.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the nation’s most promising nonprofits” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “We are committed to funding critically needed autism research and to using our resources where they will have the greatest impact.”

The Autism Science Foundation began funding research grants in its first year of operations and has increased its funding levels each year. Since 2009, it has funded nearly half a million dollars in research grants.

Guidestar reports the following about the Autism Science Foundation on its website:

  • ASF has made a great contribution to empirically valid information on autism spectrum disorders.
  • This group funds outstanding autism research that is totally science based. They are a shining star to those interested in real science and evidence based interventions.
  • We find this group to operate with the highest level of integrity. They also have extremely low overhead. Every dollar possible is put toward autism research.

All the information collected and research used by Guidestar to compile the rankings are available at

This month, the Autism Science Foundation issued a Request for Applications for 2012 Pre- and PostDoctoral Fellowships. In September, ASF will co-sponsor the KIDA Autism Summit in Irvine, California. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will give the keynote address. In October, ASF will sponsor the Rockland County Autism Symposium in Pearl River, New York. Dr. Temple Grandin is the featured speaker at this annual event.

The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation’s programs visit


Contact Info:

Dawn Crawford
Autism Science Foundation