Partner Research Centers:

Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Making a Gift to CNDR

CNDR is a national and international leader in research and drug discovery for Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal degeneration, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and other disabling neurodegenerative diseases.

Support from donors like you accelerate their efforts to improve quality of life and to develop disease modifying therapies for people suffering from these devastating disorders.

"We are full of enthusiasm, knowing that in our lifetime serious drugs with the possibility of modifying neurodegenerative disease onset and progression will emerge. Unlike 20 years ago, there is enough information now to be very deliberate in pushing for drug discovery. For scientists like us, that is exhilarating."

—Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, MBA, Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Thank you for your consideration and generous support of CNDR.

Ways to Contribute

Give by Mail

Make check payable to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and mail to:

Elizabeth Yannes, Penn Medicine Development
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104

or contact via telephone or e-mail:

Elizabeth Yannes

Secure Online Giving

Designate your gift to a specific disease area:

Neurodegenerative Disease Research Fund  

Alzheimer's Research Fund  

Parkinson's Research Fund  

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research Fund  

Frontotemporal Dementia Research Fund  

Create a Custom Giving Page

Penn Giving Pages icon

Further your support of CNDR by encouraging friends and family to make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one. PennGivingPages are the perfect way to raise awareness and monetary support for the kinds of medical research, education, and care that matter the most to you. Create your own GivingPage using this quick and easy wizard and help the IOA raise critical research dollars.

Bank Wire Transfers

For instructions on gifts via bank wire, please click here.

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Types of Gifts

Tribute Gifts

Honor someone who has impacted your life by making a gift in their name.

Making gifts in honor of or in memory of or in celebration of an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your loved one while supporting world-class medical research, education and care for aging related diseases.

A letter notifying your loved one or their family will be sent for each tribute gift.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts offered through your company can double and, in some cases, even triple your gift. Enclose your company's matching gift form with your gift. Your company's personnel office will be able to provide more information about their matching gift program.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of stocks or appreciated securities are often a wise choice because donors pay no capital gains tax while deducting the full value of the gift. Please contact us for more information.

Planned Gifts

A planned gift to IOA, as a part of your financial and estate planning, provides additional tax and income benefits to you and your family. Planned or deferred gifts include the following:

  • Bequests
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Retirement asset designations
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Other tax-savvy options

Please contact us for more information.

Recurring Online Gifts

Make weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly gifts that automatically deduct from your credit card.

Naming Opportunities

With a gift of $25,000 or more (payable over multiple years), you can create a fund named in your honor or that of a loved one. Named funds enable you to direct resources to specific research initiatives or jumpstart novel programs. Please contact us for more information.

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Testimonial: Creative Philanthropy at Work

photo of Jeff and Anne KeenerWhen 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 - 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!