Make an Impact

Hundreds of children and families walk through our doors each month, and we work tirelessly to help them emerge from their challenges to reach their greatest potential. Support from our donors allows us to enhance our ability to serve more children and develop new programs that reflect the needs of our clientele. Every dollar counts and your contribution will make a difference in the lives of children and adults who benefit from our care.

Ways to Give

In honor of our 60th anniversary, we have installed a new flight of butterflies. Purchasing a butterfly is a great and simple way to support our mission and leave your mark on Emerge for years to come. These hand-painted butterflies are available for purchase in 4 different sizes and donation levels. You can choose to name your butterfly in honor or memory of a loved one, your former therapist, or have your own name or family’s name listed! All proceeds will support our daily operations. View sizing and prices here.

Click here to purchase.

Unrestricted gifts to our annual fund make a significant impact by allowing us to distribute funds to the areas with greatest need. If you’d like to designate your gift to the center or school, you can do so when making your donation below.

Click here to make a one time gift.

Click here to become a Friend of Emerge.

Extend your support year-round with a monthly gift! Take a look at the tremendous impact a monthly gift will make:

  • -Your gift of $10 per month provides specialized reading resources to be used in one classroom
  • -Your gift of $20 per month provides access to hearing aids for an individual in need
  • -Your gift of $25 per month provides two weeks of group speech-language therapy


Securing our leadership donors is critical as we work to grow our Annual Fund into a sustainable funding source for Emerge. Our Giving Societies were established in 2016 for donors interested in supporting our Annual Fund with multi-year gifts.

By joining our Giving Societies, you play a significant role in strengthening our operations and enabling the launch of new programs and services.

There are several giving levels available.  We invite you to learn more through the links below.

Giving Society Pledge Form
Giving Society Benefits
Current Giving Society Members

For more information, contact Julie Chappell, Annual Giving Manager, at, or 225-663-6914.

Our community’s investment in Emerge ensures we can continue to expand our impact and meet the growing needs of the families we serve. Throughout the year we partner with corporations that support our fundraising efforts.

Learn more about Corporate Partnership opportunities.

If you you would like a hands on way to support Emerge, we would love to have your volunteer service! Volunteer activities can range from sorting supplies to working at our Book Fair. If you are interested in volunteering for Emerge, please complete our online Volunteer Application. If you have further questions, you may contact Lauren Shaw at or 225-343-4232 ext. 1901.

As non-profit, mission-driven organizations, The Emerge Center and The Emerge School for Autism rely on community support to continuously strengthen our capacity to serve the children and families in our care. There are many ways that individuals, groups, and companies can support Emerge, including hosting a fundraising event and naming Emerge as the beneficiary. This can be as simple as bake sale, to as imaginative as a bowling tournament!

Learn more about Community Events.

Represent your support for Emerge! Tumblers are $21.99 each, which includes sales tax. All proceeds benefit Emerge. Once purchased, you may pick up your tumbler at The Emerge Center’s front desk.

Click here to purchase a tumbler.

A planned gift or endowment gift to The Emerge Foundation will leave a legacy for the children and families we serve for years to come. To learn more about planned giving, contact Julie Chappell, Annual Giving Manager, at, or 225-663-6914.

The Impact of your Gift

Emerge’s impact in our region continues to grow each year. As of July 1, 2019, The Emerge Center has served more than 1,100 clients and provided more than 35,000 hours of therapy. The Emerge School completed its first year as a charter, with six of our twenty kindergarten students successfully transitioning to less restrictive educational environments.

We invite you to read our 2019 Mid-Year Impact Report highlighting what we’ve accomplished in the past six months thanks to the support of our donors.