Autism Science Foundation Earns GuideStar’s 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency

The distinction highlights ASF’s commitment to providing donors deep clarity and insight into the organization’s work to support autism scientists and families

NEW YORK — April 14, 2021 — The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding innovative autism research, today announced that it has received GuideStar’s Gold Seal of Transparency for 2021. GuideStar provides detailed information about a range of nonprofits to potential donors so they can make educated decisions about the organizations they choose to fund.

“ASF has been committed to transparency since our founding, and we are grateful that GuideStar has recognized our efforts with this year’s Gold Seal,” said Alison Singer, Co-Founder and President of ASF. “ASF could not exist without our generous donors. We are committed to providing them with the detailed information they deserve so they can be assured that their donations are being used to reach the goal we all share: to improve the lives of people with autism.”

In addition to the GuideStar recognition, ASF also received Top-Rated Nonprofit status by GreatNonprofits in 2020 for the eighth consecutive year. The Top-Rated designation is based on the rating and number of reviews that ASF received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. It is the only honor for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities.

These dual recognitions come as ASF quickly shifted priorities last year as the pandemic took hold. As noted in its 2020 annual report, ASF pivoted to develop new programs and funding mechanisms to help meet the changing needs of autism scientists and families. ASF awarded several rounds of COVID-19 Grants designed to help scientists adapt studies to meet the changing requirements of the COVID-19 environment, as well as to study the various impacts of the pandemic on people with autism. ASF also engaged directly with the community in several ways, including compiling COVID-19 resources for families and researchers, and organizing webinars to connect families with relevant research projects. Additionally, ASF is preparing to hold its second virtual Day of Learning on April 22, which will address the impact of COVID-19 on autism families and examine other important issues in the autism community. Individuals interested in attending the event, which will once again be held free of charge, can register here.

About the Autism Science Foundation
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF 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, or to make a donation, visit

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