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Cerebral Palsy Charities

Authored by Chris Schroeder

From the UCP founded nearly 65 years ago to new foundations created in memorial of brave loved ones, these charities have sought to raise funding, increase awareness and share resources for those living with cerebral palsy.

Whether you’d like to offer support for one of these non-profit foundations or seek assistance for your child, we invite you to contact these organizations. Be sure to let us know if we’ve forgotten any others.


United Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Founded in 1949 by a group of families looking to share resources and improve patient conditions, the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation is now one of the oldest cerebral palsy foundations in the country. UCP works to improve cerebral palsy education and provide a number of support services. The United Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s mission is to enhance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.


Reaching for the Stars

Founded in 2005 by two mothers, RFTS has grown into the largest parent-led pediatric cerebral palsy non-profit in North America. Reaching for the Stars focuses on the prevention, treatment and cure of cerebral palsy. The group’s efforts led to the official designation of March 25th as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.


March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

The March of Dimes works to prevent premature birth, which is a major risk factor for cerebral palsy. The well-known organization has funded many research grants focused on CP and offers parents of children with cerebral palsy a wide variety of assistance.


Danielle’s Foundation

Danielle’s Foundation was created in memory of Danielle Vick, a child with cerebral palsy who passed away in 2008. This growing organization was established to furnish support and an array of resources to parents and caregivers of children with CP. They assist in arranging therapy, provide education on treatment options and offer other benefits to help parents overcome their children’s obstacles.


Foundations for Independence

This organization based in Utah focuses on providing those with cerebral palsy access to social, recreational, vocational and other support opportunities to enhance their quality of life. Foundations for Independence conducts day camps for people with cerebral palsy, and offers family services and equipment purchase assistance.



Pedal-With-Pete is a non-profit organization that raises funds for cerebral palsy research by hosting three annual charity cycling events in the Midwest. The group also funds grants for clinical trials to people with cerebral palsy.