Salah Foundation grant provides $200,000 for Global

A generous matching grant from the Salah Foundation will provide $200,000 to underwrite Global’s important new initiative for adults with Down syndrome.

Salah Foundation

Rob Shama, Fred Churbuck, Chase Turner Perry, Megan Fearnow & Dan Fearnow

Salah Foundation

The $200,000 in total matched funds allows Global to work with world-class researchers to create evidence-based educational programs for adults with Down syndrome in the areas of safety, health, nutrition, and communication & speech. Global intends to share the results of the research with the greater community in the hopes that programming that is proven will be replicated.

The Salah Foundation is a private foundation that supports nonprofit organizations in the United States that strengthen families and communities and advances individuals to become productive and responsible citizens.

The Salah Foundation’s capacity building grant of $100,000 was matched by generous supporters at Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, where donors rallied to get the program started.

The Salah Foundation was created and funded through the generosity and lifelong success of James M. “Jim” Salah, a first generation American — son of immigrants who courageously left Lebanon and lived the American dream.

Jim Salah started his own construction business in Boston and grew it into a formidable company handling some of the city’s largest utility projects. He also ventured into real estate development and heavy equipment leasing, all while investing in nonprofit organizations and his community.

The Salah Foundation is headed by Jim Salah’s niece, Noreen Salah Burpee. Global thanks the Salah Foundation, Noreen Salah Burpee, Fred Churbuck and Megan Fearnow for understanding the impact and the capacity-building this grant has on our community, and for believing in a brighter future for our children and adults with Down syndrome.

Global will launch the evidence-based educational programs for adults with Down syndrome in 2015 in collaboration with several universities. Each quarter will touch upon one of four subjects — safety, health, nutrition, and communication & speech. With an anticipated 1:3 ratio and research collected pre-, during and post-, the goal is to provide best practices to post-secondary and life-skills programs around the country.

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