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Denise L
Tilden Ave
(Culver City)
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the project

We are building a community that recognizes the central importance of friendships and connections in ALL our lives.

Our program is most effective when we work together, parent(s), families, kids, schools, and communities. Adopting an immersive and consistent approach throughout the calendar year, designed to encourage long-term social emotional development and peer support for children with and without disabilities and their families.

​No complex psychological theories are necessary. The message is a single one: friendships are what matter most—whatever labels we have been given, however awkward our needs.


the steps

Action Items:

  • 4/15-Hire on-site Behavioral Therapist
  • 5/2-Secure Venues with Monetary Deposit
  • 5/9-Order Camp Kits Merchandise for Registered Participants
  • 5/16-Partner with CCUSD for Grab-N-Go Lunches
  • 6/7-Purchase art supplies, games and activities


why we're doing it

The FRiENDSHiP FACTOR was founded on the simple premise that we all need friends, whatever labels we have been given, however awkward our needs. Especially those who are facing developmental challenges, misunderstood, underrepresented, and vulnerable to discrimination and harm. As Moms of autistic boys and disability advocates, we identified white space in special need’s social skills training for more enriching, cultural, creative, and fun experiences that could spur authentic social interaction, conscious connections for kids and families, and serve as a pathway to fostering friendships for individuals with and without disabilities.

We set out to provide such a resource-The FRiENDSHiP FACTOR-a summer inclusion camp promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion for neurodiverse children and their families. Consulting with behavioral and occupational therapists to develop a program curriculum encouraging social emotional development, physical activity, sensory play, and creative projects to encourage self-confidence, teamwork, and belonging through shared experiences and peer support. Partnering with through an on-line crowdfunding campaign, and generous donations from friends and family, we successfully funded 100% of Camp expenditures-exceeding our donation goals!  Recently we were approved as a 501(c)3 organization and currently awaiting tax-exempt status.

This is our passion, our purpose, and the enduring legacy we hope will make a better world for our two sons and the special needs/disability community for generations to come.



  • Culver City Parks & Recreation Fees-$440
  • Art supplies and sports activities-$300
  • Snacks & Beverages for 12-15 Camp participants & Volunteers-$220.30

TOTAL RAISED = $990.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $29.70



This summer we are expanding our program with even more sensory, exploratory, and culturally enriching experiences for our Campers!

All donations will go directly towards funding the following:

  • Camp Kits & related merchandise-$600
  • On-site Behavioral Therapist-$600
  • Culver City Parks & Recreation Fees-$440
  • Snacks & Beverages for 12-15 Camp participants & Volunteers-$800
  • Art supplies and sports activities-$300
  • Indoor Play Space Venues & Field Trip-$3000

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $326
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


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