Giving Societies

When you make a gift to the Parkinson’s Foundation, you join a special group of donors who are passionate about making life better for people with Parkinson’s.

Giving Societies

Leaders in Research

Donors Invest in the Future of Research

Parkinson’s Foundation Leaders in Research brings together donors with a passion for investing in Parkinson’s research and making the lives of people with Parkinson’s better through evidence-based care. Members of this group will be on the forefront of the Foundation’s research efforts, helping fund research that advances treatments and medications for today, improves day-to-day life for people living with Parkinson’s and brings us closer to the cure.

Parkinson’s Foundation funded researcher, Dr. Michael Tadross, Duke University


Membership in Leaders in Research (LIR) is open to donors who commit to an investment of $75,000+ over three years to support the Foundation’s research efforts. Membership is extended to both leaders of the household and runs for three years starting on the date of the gift commitment.



  • Exclusive, members-only invitations to intimate virtual events with our Chief Scientific Officer and Parkinson’s Foundation-funded researchers to learn about their work
  • In-depth information created especially for LIR members about areas of Parkinson’s research including genetics, cellular and molecular processes and brain circuitry
  • Exclusive and in-depth pieces created especially for LIR members about the innovative and promising work being done by Parkinson’s Foundation-funded researchers
  • An intimate, members-only virtual event with the CEO and Chief Scientific Officer to hear about their vision for moving the Parkinson’s research field forward
  • The opportunity for members to ask questions of any of the featured Parkinson’s Foundation-funded researcher

“When that cure happens, I want to be a part of it. That is why I’ve named the Parkinson’s Foundation as a beneficiary in my will. I have hope that, together, we truly will create a world without Parkinson’s disease.”

– Luther Tweeten, Parkinson’s Foundation Supporter and Legacy Society Member

Legacy Society


When you share your commitment to Parkinson’s Foundation in your estate or financial plan, you become an honored member of our Legacy Society. The Legacy Society recognizes and honors all individuals who provide support for Parkinson’s Foundation in their wills, trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts. Legacy Society members are recognized in our Annual Report (your gift can remain anonymous) and receive special updates each year from the President and CEO.

Join the Legacy Society

To become a member of the Legacy Society, please complete our Gift Notification Form. This form will serve as documentation of your intentions and will help ensure that your gift is received by us and used according to your wishes.

We are happy to provide you with bequest language to include in your estate plans or to discuss planned giving options that may be of interest to you. If you have already included Parkinson’s Foundation in your estate plan, please let us know by completing the Gift Notification Form so we can thank you for your generosity and enroll you as our newest Legacy Society member.

Share Your Legacy

Please let us know if you've already included a gift for the Parkinson's Foundation. Providing us with documentation is the best way to ensure that your gift is used in the way you intend.

The Impact of Your Giving


could provide invaluable tools and information

Resources like our hospital safety kit helps people with Parkinson's advocate for their best possible care when hospitalized.


can provide local resources for the Parkinson's community

Our community grants fund Parkinson’s wellness and education programs in 42 states across the nation.


could fuel life-changing research breakthroughs

A gift of this size could fund a postdoctoral fellowship, help drive scientists to make discoveries that lead to better treatments and a cure.

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Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson

Associate Vice President, Individual Giving

Parkinson's Foundation