Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The Able Trust

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The mission of The Able Trust is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

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President & CEO

Tony Carvajal

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3320 Thomasville Road Suite 200



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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Leadership Academy

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Florida High School High Tech

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The mission of The Able Trust is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

A strategic plan completed in spring, 2015, defines five general concepts that represent the organization's strategic direction for the next two years: I. The Able Trust Grant Program will include a continuing emphasis on larger, multi-year grants. A select number of one-year grants will also be considered each year, and those selected should include some emphasis on work experience such as internships and career direction, as advised by the current research. The Able Trust is required by state statutes and federal law to award grants each year, thus grant making is a required function of The Able Trust. II. Expand the work experience emphasis of The Able Trust, with attention to paid internships. Host at least two internship training seminars per year, with a target audience of business executives. Fund two paid internship grants, in partnership with the business community. Seek funding for expansion of the grants if outcome data supports such expansion. III. Direct communication efforts to change misperceptions of employers on the abilities of people with disabilities. This strategy will include a continuation of a presence on select paid media, more use of social media, and involvement with statewide and local business organizations. Efforts should begin to identify desired training needs of the Florida business community, and the development of a packet of information on services and programs for people with disabilities, for distribution to new Florida businesses and their HR directors. IV. Sustain and grow the signature Able Trust Youth Programs, with continuing attention to inclusion of work experiences such as internships in the High School High Tech program as well as career path training. Incorporate controlled growth of the HSHT program at a rate of two programs per year, provided funding is available. Emphasize education and training on career paths of interest and skills that will be in high demand in the future, for all students participating in HSHT programs and those attending the Youth Leadership Forum. V. Collect and accumulate information on a regular basis from grantees and grantee program participants to identify the services of greatest value. Include parents and caregivers in such research if appropriate. Maintain an ongoing relationship with the Florida Chamber Foundation to assemble the employment statistics for Floridians with disabilities on an annual basis. Develop an enhanced means of identifying business barriers to hiring and solutions to the issues and conduct another business study in CY 2018, similar to the 2015 Dumm/Born study.

A statewide organization like none other in the nation, the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, d/b/a The Able Trust, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public/private partnership created by the Florida Legislature in 1990. Its work is accomplished through producing a rich mixture of its own programs and the funding of external grants, all focused on employment for people with disabilities. The Able Trust receives its funding from a perpetual endowment, charitable gifts, and support from the public and private sectors. Less than 15% of the annual budget goes to administration and overhead - the rest directly benefits Floridians with disabilities.Since its establishment, The Able Trust has awarded over $31 million to individuals with disabilities and nonprofit agencies throughout Florida for employment-related purposes, enabling over 2,000 Florida citizens with disabilities to enter the workforce each year. And vocational rehabilitation makes economic sense. For every dollar invested, thirteen to twenty-six dollars are infused into the economy. Making funds available to persons with disabilities and the agencies assisting them helps not only workers and employers, but also the local and state economies.Two youth programs of The Able Trust - High School High Tech, the Florida Youth Leadership Forum - and mentoring activities such as Disability Employment Awareness Month - work to reduce the dropout rate of youth with disabilities and improve their participation in employment-related activities. These programs focus on building self-esteem, developing personal leadership skills and preparing young adults with disabilities for life beyond high school. Overall, The Able Trust youth programs provide career development and transition to almost 2,000 students with disabilities annually, helping to reduce the dropout rate and prepare young adults for life beyond high school.The goal of The Able Trust grant program is to provide funds to qualifying organizations to assist individuals with disabilities gain competitive employment of their choice in their community. These grant initiatives support a wide diversity of projects, including on-the-job coaching, supported employment, job skills-training, job development, employer outreach, ADA facility compliance, skills evaluation and programs leading to employment. The positive impact of The Able Trust's grant awards has been felt by non-profit agencies serving people with various disabilities, community colleges and individuals with documented disabilities.

The Able Trust consistently measures progress in many ways. For the High School High Tech program, quarterly reports are gathered and reviewed from each local program site, including not only statistics such as the number of students served, but also success stories of students who have benefited from the program and have moved significantly toward a successful career after high school. High School High Tech outcomes are summarized and reported at the end of each school year. Progress in The Able Trust's grants program is measured with grant reports submitted to The Able Trust by grantees. Able Trust staff also conduct site visits to see grantee programs in action, meet grantee staff and participants, and further develop relationships with other organizations that support people with disabilities in Florida.

In fiscal year 2018-19, The Able Trust helped 556 people with disabilities obtain jobs and gain vital work experience through internships. In 2018-19, 1,500 participants were provided with career exploration opportunities through Disability Employment Month Awareness (DEAM) events with 80 community liaisons in 62 counties throughout Florida. In the 2018-19 school year, 596 Florida High School High Tech seniors graduated (99% graduation rate compared to 80% of other students with disabilities in Florida. High School High Tech served 1,250 students with disabilities in 43 Florida counties. The Able Trust provided two new Strategic Grants to the Independent Living Resource Center in Jacksonville for their Careers 360 program, and to Miami Dade College for their MEED+ program. Three new General Support for Employment Grants began in 2018-19: CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, Autism Pensacola, and Quest, Inc. Additionally, The Able Trust made a grant to Lighthouse Central Florida in Orlando for its Transportation Reimbursement program, made possible by the endowment of The Ward Ability Fund.

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