DeRose credits Elaine Katz, vice president of grants and special initiatives at Kessler Foundation, for increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in N.J. and throughout the nation. "Elaine is a leader in advancing social entrepreneurial techniques in building businesses that hire people with disabilities and train them for future employment. With her input and expertise, successful employment and business models continue to be developed, which are often replicated across the country."
View all of Kessler Foundation's 2012 grantees at http://kesslerfoundation.org/grantprograms/grantlistingsbyyear.php.
Kessler Foundation also distributed more than $58,440 in Hurricane Sandy Emergency Grants to non-profit organizations that help individuals with disabilities affected by the storm. Grants addressed immediate needs, such as the loss of equipment and accessible housing, damaged wheelchairs and modified vehicles and restored operations to disability-related organizations. Grant applications are awarded on a rolling basis. To apply, visit kesslerfoundation.org/grantprograms/hurricanesandyemergencygrants.
Kessler Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Signature Employment Grant cycle. Deadlines for online proposals are February 3 for Signature Grants and March 15 for Community Grants.
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization in the field of disability research and employment, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition and mobility for people with multiple sclerosis, brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and other disabling conditions. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for job training and employment for people with disabilities. Since 2005, Kessler Foundation has invested more than $27 million in organizations and programs to increase the participation of people with disabilities, including veterans, in the workforce through strategic funding and philanthropic leadership. For more information, visit kesslerfoundation.org. Follow Kessler Foundation on Facebook, Twitter (@KesslerFound) and YouTube.
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