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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
Man with Down Syndrome Playing Violin

The Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a public charity supporting thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families through programmatic grants.


Our service area includes the Chesapeake Footprint of Maryland, Virginia, and certain counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  


We are a small, grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors appointed annually through Chesapeake Footprint Civitan Clubs. 

While much of our funding is derived from interest on long-held investments, we receive some funding for the grants we provide from local Civitan clubs and we do seek donations from the general public.


Following in the footsteps of our founder, our goal is to support the organizations who are helping people with I/DD feel included, accepted, seen and embraced for who they are.  We support seeing the person instead of the disability, to create a more compassionate, accepting world.

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