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The organization which eventually became the Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities had its beginning in Baltimore, MD in 1948. Tom McNulty, a prominent Baltimore citizen, was invited to speak to the Civitan Club of Baltimore about his goals for aiding children with disabilities. Tom and his wife Mary had a son, Tommy, who was born with Down Syndrome.  Going against societal norms at the time, the McNultys decided that young Tommy would not live his life in an institution, that he would be a pioneer in helping children, and that what they would do for Tommy, they would also do for others. Tom spoke to the Civitans of the many ways in which assistance could be rendered to promote the general welfare of children with disabilities. His talk aroused immediate interest among the membership and inspired a determination to enlist other Civitans as benefactors of these children.  This interest spread amongst the local Civitan Clubs, to the Chesapeake District of Civitan, and then to all of Civitan International. 

The initial organizational move that brought the Foundation into being occurred on March 24, 1950 when the Civitan Club of Baltimore incorporated a fund to give their fundraising efforts official status and to relieve club members of personal liability.  Several name changes over the years have resulted in the current name. The Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FCIDD) is exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the FCIDD are tax deductible.

The first efforts of the Foundation were directed toward teacher training in the field of Special Education. In the first few years, over 300 teacher education scholarships were granted in Baltimore alone.  Over the years, the scope of the grants and donations grew to include camps, employment facilities, music therapy, therapeutic riding, and many other programs. Visit our FCIDD Projects link to see pictures and details of some recent grants.

2022-2023 Foundation Officers

  • President – Sly Bieler

  • 1st Vice President – Mirza Donegan

  • 2nd Vice President – Randy Camden 

  • Immediate Past President – Lynn Leitch

  • Executive Officer – Joe O'Toole

  • Secretary – Patricia Jackowski

  • Assistant Secretary - Linda Powell

  • Treasurer – Marisa Tokarsky

  • Assistant Treasurer - Ronald Kurtz

  • Director At Large – Matthew Staub

  • Director At Large – Charles Jackowski

  • Director At Large – John Naples

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