Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) with supplemental information to January, 2017
The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) improves the quality of life of those impacted by Parkinson’s disease, their care partners and families, and fosters a sense of community to ensure that no one battles this disease alone. PFNCA offers exercise, communication and education programs to strengthen the physical and emotional health of people impacted by Parkinson’s.
- With support of our partners and many wonderful donors, PFNCA significantly increased monthly wellness program offerings including ones that focus on exercise and vocal cord strengthening.
- These programs experienced significant growth. For example, in November 2015, PFNCA provided 128 program sessions. In January 2017, PFNCA will provide more than 190 program sessions, representing an increase of more than 50%.
- All monthly wellness programs continue to be offered at no cost.
- PFNCA now provides programs in 26 different locations in 20 cities/communities in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
- Compared to the previous year (Calendar Year 2015), we experienced a 29% increase in the number of people who attended our monthly wellness programs in 2016.
- Our Foundation now serves more than 1,500 people each year.
WALK OFF PARKINSON’S… A record turnout for the Walk-Off Parkinson’s event which raised well over the goal of $450,000.
SYMPOSIUM… Led by our medical advisory board, this signature event sold out. More than 700 people attended. For the first time, video of the event is on the PFNCA website.
PARTNERS… We now have 11 official PFNCA partners, senior living communities and fitness organizations that have joined our cause to help those facing Parkinson’s live well.
COMMUNICATIONS… The website was redesigned in July to make it easier to navigate and to learn how we serve the community. Our newsletter was relaunched under the name AMPLIFY. The new look was provided pro bono by a graphic designer, photographer and writer.
- Our annual independent audit was completed in the fall.
- Over 84 cents of every dollar spent went to program related activities.
- We had in-kind support of close to $350,000.
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO… We were selected by Stone Soup Productions to participate in their Documentary in a Day event. Volunteer filmmakers worked with PFNCA over one weekend to produce a professional quality video. It was done at no charge and will allow PFNCA to share our story with a wider audience.
STAFF… There are now three full-time and one part-time staff person on the PFNCA team. We plan to be even more present at all PFNCA programs in 2017.
NEW LOCATION… We were able to negotiate free office space. In November 2016, we moved to our new office at 8830 Cameron Street in Silver Spring, Maryland. We will also have a small donated office space in Fairfax, Virginia where staff and volunteers can meet.
LOCAL AND INDEPENDENT… PFNCA continues to thrive as a local independent organization that is not affiliated in any way with the many national organizations that focus on Parkinson’s.
A special thank you goes out to our Medical Advisory Board, Board of Directors, partners, donors, volunteers and program instructors/facilitators. Your support has made this progress possible. We are looking forward to another great year in 2017. Thank you for the role you have played in our success. Together, we will Walk Off Parkinson’s.
Jared D. Cohen, MBA
President and CEO
Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area