Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, National Parkinson Foundation finalize merger
Now the two nonprofit organizations will run as a single organization: the Parkinson’s Foundation. The new establishment will have offices based in Miami as well as New York City.
"This merger is about the future, and we are thrilled to have it completed," John Kozyak, board chair of the Parkinson's Foundation, said. "Millions of people worldwide are living with Parkinson's. We owe it to them to move the science and care forward and the merger allows us to do just that even better. We are driven by the perspective, needs and priorities of people living with the disease and, together, we will be a formidable and effective force in the fight against Parkinson's."
A board of directors will govern the new organization.
"The Parkinson's Foundation will be greater than the sum of our individual parts,” Howard Morgan, chair of the PDF and new board chair, said. “Indeed, the coming together has redoubled our shared spirit of focus and purpose. And that is just the beginning. The merger presents extraordinary opportunities for the future, but rest assured, we are also very focused on the present. While we do not anticipate any changes to our exceptional programs -- from our Centers of Excellence and individual and collaborative research and training programs around the world to our helpline services and education and advocacy programs in communities across the country -- we embrace the opportunity of integrating the two organizations as an occasion for renewed commitment."