Corporate Giving

There are numerous ways to implement a corporate gift program to benefit The Option Institute, such as team-building fundraising events, donation-matching initiatives, direct donations and the incorporation of information about the ways to help The Option Institute within corporate literature and announcements.

Most recently we have implemented an exciting Corporate Scholarship and Recognition Program. You can help impact the lives of individuals and families through direct scholarships. These scholarships enable recipients to overcome personal challenges and crises such as: abuse, diagnosis of a major illness, debilitating fear, loss, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders among others.

The gratitude corporations receive from those personally touched by donations is immeasurable. Prior corporate donors have been recognized among recipient’s peers and community. Donations made by corporations not only inspire communities, they support the integrity and willingness of corporations to impact lives in a very personal and positive manner.

For more information about corporate giving options, please contact:

Clyde Haberman
Director of Development
(413) 229-8063 ext. 125


The Option Institute and Autism Treatment Center of America expresses sincere gratitude to the foundations and businesses listed below that have contributed (along with many individuals) to enabling training, scholarships and financial aid to individuals and families attending our programs.




HUB International


Companies & Matching Funds

A.C. Electrical Supplies, Inc.
Absolute Electrical Service, Inc.

Advanced Fiber Communications

Advanced Micro Devices Matching Gifts Program

Air Time on Time Express

Allegro Micro Systems, Inc.

American Inst. for Stuttering

Amazon Smile

Apple Matching Gifts

Arrow Press

Babcox Publications

Bank of America

Benenden School

Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Life Insurance Co.
Berkshire Mountain Spring Water
Bertsch Vending Co., Inc.

Betterliving of NW Ohio

Beyond the Garden Gate
Big Y
Bishop Ford Development

Bluffton Flying Service

BMC West Corporation

Bombay Capital, LLC

Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.


Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic


Buena Vista Custom Homes

C R England, Inc .

Campanella Chiropractic

Canyon Ranch Health Resort

Carl Sandburg Middle School
Centre Option-Voix
China Imports LLC

Chiropractic Health Clinic

Choice Hotels International
Church Plumbing & Heating
CIBC World Markets Corp.
Cohen, Kinne, Valecenti, Cook Attorneys
Computer Associates

Consolidated Edison

Cordero & Associates

Crystal Essence

Culligan Water Conditioning

Daemen College

Deutsche Bank Americas

E. Caligari and Son, Inc.

Easy Software Products

Electrical Supplies & Lighting

Emerald City Naturopathic Clinic

Engineered Molding Solutions

Enzymedica, Inc.

Essex M & A Corp.

Field, Eddy Insurance

Financial Freedom Intl., Inc.
Finnegan Insurance Agency
Four Winds Healing Arts Center

GMS Gymnastics

Goodlife Fitness Clubs

Gridiron Investments, Inc.
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Habitat for Humanity
Holistic Health
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philotochos Society

Hub International Insurance Brokers
Insurance Women of Buffalo, Inc .
Johnson & Johnson
KIND Healthy Snacks
Knights of Columbus

Ladies Auxiliary VFW 6464

Law Offices of Robert Soles, Jr.
Law Office of Scott A. Sanes
Lawley Service Insurance

Loomis Sayles & Co.

Maconachy-Stradley Insurance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Marquis Orthopedic, Inc.

Massachusetts Electric

Microsoft Matching Gifts

Millenium Financial Inc.

Mills Family Farms, Inc.

Misocky Consulting Group LLC
Monterey T-shirts
Mutual of America

National Grid Service

North Country Chiropractic Center

New York Stock Exchange

Owensville Vol. Fir Dept.

Pacific Heights Chiropractic

Photo Shop, Inc.

Picone General Contracting Corp.

Pointer Mgmt. Co.
Prairie Whale
Progressive AG Company

Rennillo Inc.

Financial Services Matching Gifts Program
Rocking Horse Café
Rocky Point Urgent Care LLC
Russell L. Morris Insurance Agency, LTD

Saint Alphege College

Schumacher Homes

Shoreham Telephone Company

Snelling Services Social Benefits Program

Soros Fund Management

St. John Baptist of Johnsburg

Starbucks Coffee Company Partner Giving
Sweatland Payless Oil
SWS Services
Talsa Ltd. Kumon Math/Rdg Lrng Ctr

The Janus Foundation

The Mc Daniel Company

The Naughton Company

The Newdell Company

The Nichols Law Firm PLLC

The Rejuvenation Center

The Reynolds Company

The Williams Companies

United States Box Corp.

Unity Church of Arlington

Van Wert County Hospital

Wei East Holding Inc.

Windsor Essex Autism Society

Wolf Creek Productions


Trusts, Foundations & Charities

Aetna Foundation
Alexander W. Casdin Foundation
ALR Investments PTY LTD
AMI Capital, Inc.
Ariel Capital Management
Autism Hope Alliance
Autistic Love Society
Barbara & James Sturdivant Trust
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Blue Ridge Capital, LLC
Blumberg Family Foundation
BP Foundation
Bunge North America Foundation
C.A.A.R.E. (Council for Autism Awareness, Research and Education)
Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Community Foundation of Greater Rochester (MI)
Dion Money Management
Edward & Catherine Lozick Foundation
Estate of Helen Fox
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
First Bank of Highland Park Foundation
First Giving
Flaherty Family Foundation
Frank T. Sinito Trust
Godfrey Living Trust
The John and Marcia Goldman Foundation
Greater Houston Community Foundation Holdings LLC
Hanna and Matthew Usdan Foundation
Jacobson Family Foundation Trust
James Family Foundation
Jewish Communal Fund
Jewish Community Endowment Fund
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Kanner Family Foundation
Kenneth Grandberg Family Charitable Fund
Kirkland & Ellis
KPMG Community Campaign
Leo S. Guthman Fund
Levi Strauss Foundation
Lisabeth Foundation
Maine Community Foundation
Maverick Capital Charities
Michael Ahrens Clegg Trust
Morgan & Marjorie Miller Charitable Trust
Mountain Laurel Foundation
Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation
National Philanthropic Trust
North American Fund Management Co.
Paul and Carol David Foundation
Pheasant Hill Foundation
Phil E. Kotter Family Living Trust
Phoebe W. & Otto Haas Charitable Trust
Quaker Oats Foundation
Richard & Ellen Sandor Family Foundation
Richard & Virginia Van Degrift Trust
Robert E. Mathews Family Foundation
Robert S. Brackman Foundation
Schneider Family Trust
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Solo Cup Foundation
South Mountain Company Foundation
Subak Family Foundation
Sullivan Family Fund
The Ann Schermerhorn Fdn
The Brunetti Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation
The Lilyhawk Foundation
The Lubrizol Foundation
The Majik Foundation
The Parsons Family Foundation
The Pepsi Bottling Grp/Pepsico Fdn Gift Match
The Roberti Foundation
The Salice Family Charitable Trust
The Tedworth Charitable Trust
The Trust Company (Chapman Family Fund)
The Windward Charitable Fund
Triad Foundation
United Way
Wachovia Foundation
Watkins Living Trust
William Penn Foundation
Wyncote Foundation

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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly '5 Days to Live') , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love. Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration



PRE-REQUISITES for attending Advanced Power Dialogues are:

  • Completion of The Option Institute’s PowerDialogues program.
  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar