Who We Support

Partner Ingenuity + Paul’s Pals Funding = Opportunities for Kids with Disabilities.

Since our founding in 1996, Paul’s Pals has partnered with nearly 50 organizations to improve life for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families. We are amazed at the ingenuity of our partner organizations as they find new ways to make life experiences accessible to all. It is a pleasure to support them!

Here is a summary of our grantees through 2018 and what Paul’s Pals has made possible at each one, through full or partial project funding. Learn more about our 2018 grantees or request a grant today.

Advisor Charitable Gift Fund
Through a gift to this donor-advised fund, we’ve supported charitable grants that benefit children with disabilities.
Amichai Regional Inclusion Center
We’ve served this center in Israel by funding adaptive equipment and support for teaching speech-language skills.
Autism Society of Minnesota
The Paul Adelman Technology & Learning Center has the technology and infrastructure allowing AuSM to offer distance-learning options to those with disabilities that are interactive and web-based.
Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka
The inclusion program at this synagogue ensures all people can participate in spiritual, educational, and social events.
Boy Scouts of America: Northern Star Council
You’ll see adaptive equipment at the Ft. Snelling Base Camp thanks to our grants: a pinewood derby track, archery stand and 4-wheel scooters.
Can Do Canines
Can Do Canines
Can Do Canines provides trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities that involve mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, autism or diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness.
Camp Butwin
For inclusive fun at Camp Butwin, we’ve funded an accessible outdoor ropes course to help kids build strength and self-confidence.
Children’s Hospitals & Clinic Foundation
We’ve funded pedometers, Ergotron carts and lifts, a cancer treatment room, and technology for both audiology and learning to walk.
Courage Kenny Foundation
To help children be fit and physically active in new ways, we’ve funded hand-accessible cycles, rock climbing equipment, and pediatric sport wheelchairs.
Eisenhower Elementary School, Hopkins
Paul Adelman was loved here, and we’ve funded the American Sign Language program that helped him relearn to communicate.
Thanks to our grant, the remodeled playground at Fraser School is accessible for all children, with features everyone can enjoy.
Girl Scouts of America: Greater Minneapolis Council
A Paul’s Pals Putt-Putt Course and picnic tables up to ADA standards help this popular club include girls with special needs.
Herzl Camp, Wisconsin
Paul Adelman loved this camp, and in his memory with our grant they’ve developed ramp access to the waterfront area.
Hole in the Wall Camp: Jordan River
This camp in Israel for kids with disabilities or chronic illness features miniature golf and a life-size chessboard funded by our grant.
Miracle League Minnesota
We’ve provided equipment for accessible ballparks and major funding for Minnesota’s 11th field, Paul Adelman Miracle Field in St. Paul.
Mother Baby Center
We've funded 3 Panda Warmers to help low-birth weight babies thrive while monitoring vital signs to warn of complications.
Mount Olivet Rolling Acres
With the addition of a sensory area, calming area, and large group play space to the Discover Summer Day Camp, diverse opportunities are available for children who attend the camp.
PACER Center
We’ve established the Paul Adelman Assistive Technology Collection and the Innovation lab provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to utilize assistive technology.
People for Parks
Minneapolis Parks has its first all-accessible play space: Wabun Playground near Minnehaha Falls, as well as the first all-accessible nature play space in MN at North Mississippi Regional Park.
Ronald McDonald House
We’re making doors and the playground fully accessible in a calm space that families rely on during stressful medical care.
Sabes Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis
Our grant to this Minneapolis center made both the playground and on-site day camp accessible, and brought entrances up to standard.
Temple Israel, Minneapolis
To promote understanding of children with Down’s syndrome, Paul’s Pals funded the purchase of the film Praying with Lior.
The City of Golden Valley
The Schaper Park Inclusive Playground is the first and only accessible playground in the city of Golden Valley and was built in partnership with Three Rivers Park and MN/WI Playground.
True Friends
(Camps Courage & Friendship)
Across a 5-camp system, we’ve funded park shelters, sport courts, bikes, wheelchairs, a zip line, generators, lake access, putt-putt, and horseback riding aids.
Turtle Lake Elementary School, Mounds View
This “Playground for Everybody” has a special surface and roomy layout for kids with wheelchairs or other special needs.
Upstream Arts
Upstream Arts travels to schools throughout Minnesota and uses art in the form of Gear Kits to activate and amplify the voice of kids with disabilities through its residency programs.
We Can Ride
We Can Ride's fully-accessible arena, funded by Paul's Pals, helps the organization's programs that provide children with disabilities equine-assisted activities (EAA).
Wilderness Inquiry
All kids can enjoy nature using a canoe or kayak with adaptive seats, plus accessible upgrades to a base camp in the Apostle Islands.
Young Dance
Paul's Pals has funded assistive equipment that helps Young Dance better support an inclusive creative process and empower dancers living with disabilities.
Formerly the Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Paul’s Pals is now an independent non-profit organization.