Best Buddies created the 2020 Initiative in 2011, with the goal of opening offices in all 50 states, expanding into 100 countries and impacting 3 million people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) worldwide by the end of 2020.  The initiative also includes plans to train 4,000 Buddy Ambassadors, develop 1,000 jobs for people with IDD around the world and increase the number of school-based chapters to 2,500.  As a result of these ambitious expansion efforts, Best Buddies hopes to become a household name by the end of 2020.

When you make a contribution to Best Buddies, not only are you providing people with IDD the opportunity to be integrated into the community and reach their full potential and achieve their dreams, you are also permitting people who are not disabled understand the value of people with IDD.  Many of our participants in our middle school, high school and college programs will become leaders in the private sector and will hold decision making roles that will shape the future of our communities.  They will become CEOs of companies that will hire a person with a disability, landlords that will rent an apartment to a person with a disability, principals and teachers that will ensure full integration in the school system, doctors and nurses that will treat them with respect when healing them and policy makers that will lobby for the rights of people with disabilities. 

Additionally, Best Buddies Citizens, e-Buddies® and Best Buddies Jobs provide a bridge to successfully transition people with and without intellectual disabilities from school into the real world.  Our newest program, Best Buddies Ambassadors, educates and empowers people with IDD to be leaders and public speakers in their schools, communities and workplaces.  Best Buddies Ambassadors is the next step for the disability rights movement – teaching people with IDD the skills they need to successfully self-advocate and become active agents of change.

Join us now in launching the next chapter of Best Buddies – we need our supporters to continue leading the way to create a more inclusive society.  We are ready to continue making a difference, we are advocates for change and most of all, we are BEST BUDDIES!  For more information on being a sponsor, please contact:

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