Creative Philanthropy at Work
Jeff and Anne Keefer Funds for Parkinson’s Research at Penn Medicine
When devising their gift to advance cutting edge Parkinson’s disease research at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff and Anne Keefer wanted to support not only the clinical work conducted by Dr. Matt Stern of the Parkinson Disease & Movement Disorders Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, but also the Parkinson’s Disease Drug Discovery Program run by Drs. Virginia M.-Y. Lee and John Q. Trojanowski at Penn Medicine’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research. So they thought outside the box and established not one but two named funds to suit their philanthropic interest.
Not long after making this generous gift, Jeff made plans to retire from E.I. Du Pont Nemours & Company after 34 years of service. When his colleagues asked him what he planned to do in retirement, Jeff’s answer was: “Help raise funds for the University of Pennsylvania, so that even more research can be done on these neurodegenerative diseases!" His creative philanthropic thinking again took hold, and he designed a website to introduce his network of DuPont colleagues to the work of Drs. Stern, Trojanowski, and Lee. Jeff’s website - filled with informative videos he filmed in the doctors’ laboratories - encouraged colleagues who wished to honor him on his retirement to consider making a gift to the Jeff and Anne Keefer Funds for Parkinson’s Research. Visit Jeff’s website to read and be inspired by his story.
Thank you, Jeff and Anne, for your innovative support of Parkinson’s research at Penn!