The Special Hope Foundation is proud to announce that our Founder and Executive Director, Lynne O’Hara, was awarded the Katie Beckett Advocacy Award at AADMD’s annual conference in Chicago this past weekend. The award is given in memory of the advocacy of Katie Becket, the first community-based waiver participant to support self-determination. Learn more about Katie Beckett.
Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation, also received the award. Ann and Lynne have collaborated on a number of healthcare initiatives for the I/DD Community. Learn more about the Golisano Foundation.
More About Lynne O’Hara
Lynne O’Hara is the President and Executive Director of The Special Hope Foundation, a family foundation with a mission to promote the establishment of comprehensive health care services for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.
Working with a board composed of family and community members, Lynne has built funding capacity and increased effective grantmaking. In addition to a vibrant grantmaking program, the Special Hope Foundation has also hosted several conferences and networked with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to improve the health care system.
Lynne is particularly interested in encouraging fellow funder organizations to incorporate more inclusive grantmaking practices. Prior to the inauguration of these current efforts, the foundation administered a grant program in support of organizations that represented the full spectrum of nonprofits dedicated to benefitting innovative programs that challenge public perception of individuals with disabilities.
Lynne is a member of Exponent Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, and the USC Center for Body Computing. In addition to her role at the foundation, she has played an active role in the community through her work with the American Red Cross, Urban Ministries in Palo Alto, and Hope for Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is married to John and has three grown children.
“Lynne’s dedication and passion for the work she does deserves to be commended”, said Sarah Rose Usher DMD, MPH of the AADMD.
We could not agree more.
Coming next: Takeaways from the AADMD Conference.