Lifespan – Abilities Illuminated

Message from Davan Cloninger, President & CEO

Dear Friends:

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LIFESPAN was founded over 44 years ago because five children were excluded from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school education due to their significant developmental disabilities. Today, LIFESPAN is a $20 Million organization providing services to over 1,800 children and adults with disabilities throughout our collection of community programs from Andrews to Burlington North Carolina.

Fiscal year 2016-2017 has been a year of phenomenal growth and accomplishments. Our annual report features the three principles that outline and drive LIFESPAN – Education. Employment. Enrichment.

Throughout the decades, we have remained Mission driven- empowering children and adults with disabilities by providing education, employment, and enrichment opportunities to live, work, and play in their communities. We are grateful for your support and encouragement, as it is invaluable to our organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors and our community partners, thank you for your support.


Davan Cloninger, President and CEO

2016-2017 Successes:

Program Participants

  • Provided services to 1,850 children and adults.


  • The Statesville Circle School on Broad Street remains at capacity with 52 children enrolled. To ensure that essential services for children with developmental delays and children without disabilities are met, we opened a second Statesville Circle School on Hartness Road.


  • Secured meaningful employment for 213 program participants.
  • Expanded geographical market to include Davidson, Lincoln and Rockingham counties.


  • Positioned participants to contribute 20,665 volunteer hours in their communities.
  • Acquired six residential homes and worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition for the residents.
  • Developed and completed the business plan and modifications to reopen an adult day program in North Wilkesboro.

Satisfaction Ratings

  • Obtained 97 percent satisfaction from our employment partners
  • Received 98.8 percent satisfaction from our program participants and parents

Grant Funding

  • Awarded $229,704 in grant funding

 In-Kind Volunteer Projects

  • BB&T
  • Caldwell Christian Academy
  • Career Academy and Technical School
  • Coca-Cola Consolidated
  • Columbia Forest Products
  • Community School of Davidson
  • Cross Missions l Myers Park Presbyterian Church
  • Duke Energy
  • Embassy Suites
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Liberty Property Trust Service Day
  • Lowe’s
  • Marsh Cares Day
  • Passport Youth Group
  • Southwest Guilford High School
  • United Way Day of Caring