Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 with supplemental information to December 31, 2021)
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.
WELLNESS PROGRAMMING CONTINUES TO BE A KEY APPROACH TO SERVICE…With the support of our partners and generous donors, PFNCA provided more than 1,600 wellness classes online using Zoom during FY21 in response to COVID-19. The classes were provided at no cost to participants.
HELPING MORE PEOPLE…PFNCA provided programs and services for more than 2,500 people impacted by Parkinson’s in fiscal year 2021.
WALK OFF PARKINSON’S… PFNCA’s awareness and fundraising program was held as a hybrid effort in response to COVID-19 and featured a virtual welcome ceremony and in-person celebration. The program included educational presentations by Drs. Debra Ehrlich, Pritha Ghosh and Steve Grill, and raised more than $240,000. The in-person celebration was held at Shirley Povich Field in Rockville, Maryland.
PFNCA SYMPOSIUM… Led by our medical advisory board, in 2021 this signature event took place online with a view-on-demand format. It included 45 sessions by 38 physicians that specialized in Parkinson’s. The agenda included updates on medications, research as well as information to live well with the disease.
CONTINUED SUCCESS OF PARKINSON’S POINTERS LECTRUE SERIES… Three lectures were held virtually in FY21 with an average attendance of more than 850 people per lecture.
PARKINSON MOBILE RESOURCE UNIT HITS THE ROAD…after limited use in 2020 due to COVID-19, PFNCA’s outreach truck — the Parkinson Mobile Resource Unit — participated in parades to raise awareness of Parkinson’s in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA and Silver Spring, MD in 2021.
EFFICIENT…Over 84 cents of every dollar spent went to program related activities.
LEVERAGING DONATIONS WITH IN-KIND SUPPORT…We had in-kind support (donations of products and services) of more than $450,000.
USING DONATED OFFICE SPACE…We continue to operate out of donated office space, which saves tens of thousands of dollars annually.
ONE OF THE BEST… PFNCA continues to be honored as One of the Best Small Non-Profit Organizations in the Greater Washington Region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. This recognition honors organizations with budgets less than $2M that excel in non-profit service. PFNCA first received this honor in 2014.
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PFNCA continues to thrive as a local independent organization that is not affiliated in any way with any of 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, program instructors/facilitators and staff. Your support has made this progress possible. We are looking forward to another great year in 2022. 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