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Since 2006, the Night of Too Many Stars benefit has raised over $30 million toward NEXT for AUTISM’s mission to provide children and adults with autism the opportunity to live fulfilling, engaged, and meaningful lives.

NEXT for AUTISM’s Night of Too Many Stars Grants Program funds initiatives and organizations across the United States whose programs improve the outcomes for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families in the following areas:

Education:   Children with autism often find it challenging to learn in typical circumstances.  NEXT for AUTISM supports exceptional schools that teach children with autism to learn, communicate, read and gain fundamental life-long skills.

Employment:  Individuals with ASD face high rates of unemployment.  Hands-on programs teach students and adults to work and succeed in a work setting.

Community-Connections:  Disconnection and isolation are more common for people with autism than many other disabilities.  A core challenge for people with autism is socializing and connecting with others.  Programs to help them learn to relate to others in a social setting and make friends are supported by NEXT for AUTISM. Recreation, arts, athletic, social and volunteer programs help connect people with autism to their communities.

Safety:   NEXT for SAFETY, is an initiative to improve autism awareness among first responders, organizations that serve people with autism as well as help families and individuals learn to navigate safety issues.

Community Living: Adults with autism are often isolated and rely extensively on the support of their family.  NEXT for AUTISM is committed to ensuring adults with autism have the opportunity for meaningful service support in the community beyond the support of their family. Given the complexity of the needs, NEXT for AUTISM is offering a unique chance for multiple organizations to engage in an innovative collaborative design process for each to launch a Community Living program.  The different organizations will convene regularly to support one another in order to have a collective impact on types of community living services available.  Multiple large grants dedicated to services and supports to adults living with autism in the community are available. These grants are to develop services. Capital campaigns for buildings will not be considered.

Beyond funding, we also provide strategic, tactical and/or operational guidance to select grantees.

Night of Too Many Stars and NEXT for AUTISM reached hundreds of individuals, families and communities living with autism with grants to the following organizations.


Night of Too Many Stars and NEXT for AUTISM reached hundreds of individuals, families and communities living with autism with grants to the following organizations.

Any Baby Can
Arc of Northern Virginia
Arc of Westchester
Arizona Autism United
Association for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Autism Training Center
Autism Speaks
Banding Together
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
Center for Educational Innovation
ELIJA Transitional Programs & Services
Els for Autism
Epic Foundation
Grant a Gift
Guggenheim Museum
Have Dreams
Institute for Educational Achievement
Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Jim Henson Foundation
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
KEEN Greater DC – Baltimore
KEEN New York
Learning Spring School
Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Mercy Health Development Foundation
New England Center for Children
New York Child Learning Institute
NYC Autism Charter Schools
Ohio State University Foundation
Our Place
Palm Beach School for Autism
Project SEARCH
Shepherd’s Way
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Spectrum 360
Spectrum Designs Foundation
Surfers Healing
Theatre Development Fund
Urban Autism Solutions
Victory Academy
Young At Art