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The ANCOR Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)3 education and research organization in 2000 based on four pillars: Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion, Celebration.

In realizing its vision of exceptional leaders supporting inclusive communities, the ANCOR Foundation recognizes current and past leaders through its Legacy Leaders Circle and President’s Award. It is committed to developing future leaders through dynamic education opportunities like its own Leadership Academy, and as a founding sponsor of the semiannual Leadership Institutes offered by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware.

Here are highlights of how the Foundation has supported exceptional leaders and celebrated inclusive communities throughout its history.

2020

ANCOR Foundation sponsors the public television broadcast of Hearts of Glass, a documentary film about the benefits of inclusive hiring.

2019

For the first time, the ANCOR Foundation joined United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) in releasing the Case for Inclusion, a comprehensive tool published annually that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well state programs are serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be included, supported and empowered in the community.

2017

The Foundation welcomes its first cohort of the Leadership Academy, a two-year, intensive program designed to transform emerging professionals into industry leaders. 

Included. Supported. Empowered. a three-year public awareness campaign, officially launches in the fall.

Clarence J. Sundram, JD, is named the third recipient of the President’s Award.

2014

The Foundation begins its Emerging Leaders program, a predecessor of the Leadership Academy which would eventually welcome its first class in 2017.

Charlie Lakin, Ph.D., becomes the second person to be honored with a President’s Award. 

2013

The Foundation introduces its President’s Award to recognize individuals whose contributions are widely recognized globally as having uniquely led to leading practices and profound innovation in the field of disability services. David Braddock is named the first-ever President’s Award recipient.

2011

Five provider organizations are supported by the ANCOR Foundation to enter a Lighthouse Leader pilot program aimed at transforming organizational culture to shared leadership innovation based on Franklin Covey’s “The Leader in Me.”

2010

The inaugural class of 25 visionary leaders are inducted into the Legacy Leaders Circle at ANCOR’s 40th Anniversary celebration, which took place at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

2008

The Foundation creates the CARES Fund, a charitable fund created for the express purpose of assisting agencies supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that have experienced urgent needs as a result of natural disasters.

2006

The Foundation becomes a founding sponsor in the launch of the Leadership Institutes offered by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware.

2004

The ANCOR Foundation bestowed the first Community Builder Award in recognition of exemplary efforts to create inclusive communities that support the people they serve to live as respected, contributing and valued members of their local communities.

The Foundation publishes Advocacy for Change: A Manual for Organizing.

2000

Thirty years after the founding of ANCOR, the ANCOR Foundation is officially formed, beginning its 20-year history of supporting inclusive communities and building exceptional leaders.