Frequently Asked Questions


Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. We are recognized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Click here to download the Dept. of Treasury 501(c)(3) confirmation letter.

What are your administrative and overhead costs?

Because our foundation is operated by volunteers, namely friends and family of those with autism attending the ESE Program, we have virtually no overhead costs.  We also receive some administrative and marketing support materials pro-bono.  This combination enables us to contribute esentially all fundraising money directly to our cause.

Does your foundation accept non-monetary donations?

Yes!  We are always looking for in-kind donations such as bottled water and snacks for our various events as well as gift cards and items for our silent auctions.  We also need many volunteers for the Race to Solve the Puzzle 5K in the Spring, and the Drive to Solve the Puzzle Golf Tournament in the Fall.  Please contact Eileen Stanczak at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help in any way!

How is it determined who and what organizations receive AHF funding?

All board members have the opportunity to discuss places and organizations that need start-up or additional funding requests.  Since many of our board members have a diagnosis of autism in their own family, we are quickly able to identify areas within various age groups affected by autism that need our support.

Who decides how the foundation spends its money?

Our board of directors determines how funds are used based on the amount of money we are able to raise each year.  That amount is then prioritized to address the most critical needs in the autism community that we serve.

How many scholarships do you grant and in what amounts?

We offer partial scholarships to assist families with the ESE Program tuition costs. The number and amount of partial scholarships awarded generally will vary each year based on the relative success of our ongoing fundraising efforts. Additionally, scholarship awards are based on how many families apply, what the relative needs are of the applicant families and the existence of other non-scholarship expenditures made on behalf of the ABA Program.

How are scholarships administrated?

Scholarship awards are paid directly from us to Charlotte United on a quarterly basis. Charlotte United deducts the scholarship awards directly from student tuition bills.

The Autism Horizon Foundation (AHF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 that is committed to support the academic, social and physical development of individuals with the diagnosis of autism and their families.