Best Buddies Basics
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Through the simple acts of making friends, supporting work placement and integration, and leadership trainings, Best Buddies is the world’s only nonprofit committed to eradicating the social isolation of people with disabilities through programs that engage and include youth and adults with disabilities and their peers. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies has grown to over 1,900 elementary school, middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States and over 50 countries around the world.
For an overview of our friendship program and goals, along with an overview of what to expect when you join Best Buddies, enjoy this short video:
Documents and Downloads
Best Buddies Glossary
A reference sheet defining various roles and terms used in Best Buddies
Best Buddies Programs Overview
A brief overview of all of the Best Buddies programs
Best Buddies One-Pager
One page snapshot of how Best Buddies programs work