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Our Partners

Partner with us

We are fortunate to work with a variety of partners who share our passion and vision to shape the world for difference. Our partners are true collaborators and a vital component of our mission.

There are several ways to partner with Understood, from an organizational level to a program or initiative level. When we work together, we can all achieve a common goal. Let's have a conversation.

Founding partners

In 2014, 15 nonprofit organizations came together to provide families with a comprehensive resource that no single organization could offer on its own. Diverse in their specialties, but united by a common desire to help families of kids who learn and think differently, these founding partners continue to be collaborators in our work.

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http://www.benetech.orgOpens in a new tab

Benetech is a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good. Benetech’s work transforms how people with disabilities read and learn, enables human rights defenders and civilians to pursue truth and justice, and connects people to the services they need to live and prosper. Benetech is constantly pursuing the next big social impact.

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http://www.cast.orgOpens in a new tab

Founded in 1984, as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative approaches to expanding educational opportunities for all individuals based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

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CHC (Children’s Health Council)

http://www.chconline.orgOpens in a new tab

CHC believes in a world where everyone can reach their promise and potential, and has been providing education and mental health services to the community for 65 years. Our mission is to remove barriers to learning, helping kids, teens, and young adults become resilient, happy, and successful at home, at school, and in life regardless of language, location, learning style, or ability to pay.

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Child Mind Institute

http://www.childmind.orgOpens in a new tab

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.

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Common Sense Media

http://www.commonsensemedia.orgOpens in a new tab

Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families and helping them thrive in a world of media and technology. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything kids want to watch, play, read, and learn.

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Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

http://www.tremainefoundation.orgOpens in a new tab

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, a family foundation based in Connecticut, seeks to promote innovative solutions to basic and enduring problems in the United States through grantmaking programs in contemporary arts, environment, and learning disabilities. The foundation grants over $3.5 million annually to support work in these fields.

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Eye to Eye

http://www.eyetoeyenational.orgOpens in a new tab

Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring movement that pairs kids with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder with similarly labeled college and high school mentors. Using our proven art curriculum, mentors help their mentees build self-esteem and other self-advocacy skills to succeed in school and life.

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http://www.greatschools.orgOpens in a new tab

GreatSchools was created in 1998 to use the power of the internet to inform parents and help them engage in their children’s education. Today, GreatSchools helps millions of families find great schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures.

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Learning Disabilities Association of America

http://www.ldaamerica.orgOpens in a new tab

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a grassroots, nonprofit organization whose thousands of members include individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Organized by parents in 1963, LDA has over 100 state and local affiliates.

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

http://www.ncld.orgOpens in a new tab

For more than 35 years, NCLD has been empowering parents, helping transform public schools, and advocating for families and children challenged by learning and attention issues. We envision a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed at school, work, and life.

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New Profit

http://www.newprofit.comOpens in a new tab

New Profit supports the most promising social enterprises as they work to achieve greater impact. We collaborate with diverse partners from across all sectors to advance social innovations that can drive systemic change, ultimately transforming lives and communities in tangible and sustainable ways.

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Oak Foundation

http://www.oakfnd.orgOpens in a new tab

Oak Foundation established its Learning Differences Programme to support programs, research, and activities that contribute to knowledge about, and the strategies available to, kindergarten through college students with learning differences that may cause them to struggle in school.

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Poses Family Foundation

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The Poses Family Foundation (PFF) is a philanthropic foundation founded by Nancy and Fred Poses. PFF works to make meaningful change in five areas, the largest being learning and thinking differences, through a combination of strategic analysis, pro bono advising, collaboration, incubation of large-scale initiatives and multi-year funding.

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Reading Rockets

http://www.readingrockets.orgOpens in a new tab

Reading Rockets is an award-winning multimedia project offered by WETA, the flagship PBS station in Washington, D.C. Reading Rockets looks at how young children learn to read, why so many kids struggle, and how we can help them succeed.

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The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

http://www.thetowerfoundation.orgOpens in a new tab

Established in 1990, the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation makes grants in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities. We focus on the needs of young people in Western New York and Eastern Massachusetts.

Additional partners

We’re grateful for our growing community of partners who amplify our impact, and help ensure that empathy and possibility replace labels and assumptions.


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