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This is a time of tremendous growth for Emerge—growth in our capacity, growth in our impact and growth in our ability to offer hope to more families. We are challenging ourselves to do more, and we invite you to grow with us.

Emerge has always been a trailblazer, willing to venture into new areas and push ourselves to be at the forefront of our field. We have set a standard of care and developed a collaborative therapy model that can’t be found anywhere else in our region.

In August, we opened The Emerge School for Autism as Louisiana’s first public charter school for children with autism. This is a transformational milestone in our decades-long history of service to this community. The School enables us to extend our continuum of care to serve elementary-aged children and allows them to prosper in an environment tailored to their needs.

“No longer worried, I look forward to my son’s future and his growth. He will become whatever he wants to be in life. He will go to college and have friends. He will be independent and self-reliant; this is all thanks to Emerge.  I am optimistic and already dreaming of the future.  The sky is the limit and the future is brighter than ever.”  – Arthur Scanlan, Brody’s dad

Please know your contributions make joy like this a reality. As our children and our capacity grow, we hope you are inspired to grow with us this holiday season.

Listen to Brody’s story below.

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. There are many ways to support our important work. See the options below to learn how your gift can make the greatest impact.

Support Our Annual Fund Purchase a Butterfly Become a Friend of Emerge


Volunteer Shop Our Wish List Join our Giving Societies


Make a Tribute Gift Learn about Planned Giving Donate to The Emerge School for Autism

Support Our Annual Fund

Unrestricted gifts to our annual fund make a significant impact on our center by allowing us to distribute funds to the areas with greatest need.

Donate Online

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Donate by Mail
Please complete our Donor Pledge Form and enclose with your payment. Checks can be made payable to The Emerge Foundation and mailed to:

The Emerge Foundation
7784 Innovation Park Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Purchase a Butterfly

Instead of bricks, we have a unique opportunity to show your support of our services, memorialize our long history, or honor a client or patient by purchasing a butterfly for our center. Butterflies come in 3 different sizes and will be installed in the day-school entrance hall of The Emerge Center. For more information, download our Butterfly Order Form or email

Become a Friend of Emerge

Extend your support year-round! Become a monthly giver by joining Friends of Emerge.

When you make a recurring gift to The Emerge Center, you help us help so many. Take a look at the tremendous impact a monthly gift will make:

  • Your gift of $10 per month provides reading resources for a child with autism
  • Your gift of $15 per month provides materials for our Parent Resource Room
  • 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
Click Here to Become a Friend of Emerge


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.

Shop Our Wish List

Our unique preschool therapy model relies on classroom materials and supplies to create a conducive learning environment for the young children we serve. We go through a lot of books, crackers, play-doh, paper towels and band-aids! By donating an item from the list below, you can play a vital role in helping our young clients progress through our program and help reduce our expenses. Items can be mailed or dropped off at the center.

View our Wish List.

We are unable to collect paper towels or diapers/pull-ups due to limited storage space.

Join Our Giving Societies

Securing our leadership donors is critical as we work to grow our Annual Fund into a sustainable funding source for The Emerge Center.  For this reason, our Giving Societies were established in 2016 for donors interested in making multi-year gifts to our Annual Fund.

By becoming a member of The Emerge Center’s Giving Societies, your gift truly helps to impact lives by allowing us to provide the important tools needed to give each child the opportunity to succeed.

There are several levels of giving available.  We invite you to learn more by clicking one of the links below:

Giving Society Pledge Form
Giving Society Benefits
Current Giving Society Members

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

Make a Tribute Gift

Making a gift in honor or memory of a loved one is a unique way to say thank you and support our mission.

Click Here to Honor a Loved One

Planned Giving

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 Chappel, Annual Giving Manager, at, or 225-663-6914.

The Emerge Foundation is a 501c3 charitable tax exempt organization and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

We are proud to be a Capital Area United Way community partner since 1976.

Donor Privacy Statement:
The Emerge Foundation values its donors as partners in our mission. Donor names, contact information, payment data and information relevant to our fundraising activities are kept secure via a password-protected database management system. We do not share, rent, or sell donor or prospective donor information with any outside party. Donors who wish to update their records or to be removed from our contact list should call 225-343-4232 or send an email to