Partner Charity Spotlight: Emerald Coast Autism Center


The Emerald Coast Autism Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and improve the lives of individuals with autism and other unique abilities in Okaloosa and surrounding cities. Their goal is to connect every learner to a brighter future. We are proud to call them one of our partner children’s charities, and we want to highlight how our Foundation impacts their organization.

The Emerald Coast Autism Center shares that the impact our Foundation “...has had on our organization has literally been life changing. This partnership has not only been financially impactful, but their support and mentorship have helped guide the Emerald Coast Autism Center for well over a decade.” Funds raised by our Foundation have helped fund scholarships for families with demonstrated financial need, the Emerald Coast Autism Center’s transition to work program, and two capital campaigns. Their favorite event hosted by our Foundation is our annual Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend “...due to the overwhelming generosity found in one room with people from all over the world who come together to support children in need in our local community. You can feel the excitement!”

When asked if their organization had any remarks on our Foundation, a representative said, “At our first check ceremony we just cried and cried because we couldn’t believe an organization would be generous enough to award us $60,000 for our scholarship program.”

The Emerald Coast Autism Center wants people to know “...that we exist and are located in Niceville! Many people are not aware that we exist.” They are currently working on a capital campaign for their Emerald Coast Learning Center, which will be dedicated to their Transition to Work program and will allow students to practice job skills in-house before heading out to the Northwest Florida State College campus or to other community partner job sites.

To learn more about the Emerald Coast Autism Center visit their website at or visit and take a tour!


Published on Thursday, May 4, 2023