PAUL RUBY FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSONS RESEARCH

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Health, Philanthropy

Location: 17 N 1ST St Geneva IL 60134 USA

Mission: The mission of the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Research is to increase awareness about the disease and to raise money for Parkinson's research in partnership with the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for the shared vision of increasing clinical research to extend the knowledge and treatment of Parkinson's disease The Paul Ruby Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, tax exempt organization.
Results: Each year, the Paul Ruby Foundation selects a research proposal to raise funds for projects connected to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Projects involved with improving quality of life or the treatment of Parkinson's symptoms may also be considered. The Foundation tends to fund smaller projects with seed money, those projects that might not happen without external support. Once we determine how much money can be donated, we request a written proposal explaining the project. This is followed up with a presentation to our board. Here are some of the more recent projects that have received funding from the Paul Ruby Foundation: 2010 - $75,000 to fund Circadian Rhythms and Sleep-Wake Cycles in Early Parkinson's disease by Aleksander Videnovic, MD, MSCI 2010 - $25,000 to fund PharmocoloMRI of Parkinson's disease: a pilot study of drug effects on connectivity by Darren Gitelman, MD. He will also be working with Tanya Simuni, MD 2009 - $75,000 to fund Biological Rhythms in Parkinson’s Disease, by Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, MSc 2008 - $50,000 to fund Circadian Rhythms and Sleep/Wake Cycles in Parkinson’s Disease by Aleksander Videnovic, MD, MSc

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Paul for nearly 8-10 years - before his diagnosis with Parkinson's. The only change I've seen in Paul is his commitment toward supporting and funding research; it is unmatched. The foundation is run by a dedicated group of men and women that share in Paul's commitment to ending PD.

I am proud to have played a very small role in the foundation's mission and will continue to do so in the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved with The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Research in its first year by volunteering, and later joined its Board. Paul's personal journey with PD is both humbling and motivating to those who have had the opportunity to meet him or learn of his story. This Great Non-Profit continues to fund important research that has made strides toward both finding a cure for PD and improving the lives of those affected by it.

We've seen a community pull together around this foundation by volunteering, donating, and rallying to support this cause; from musicians in the Chicago area and from around the country performing concerts and recording albums to benefit, to being awarded generous grants, and to have become the benefactor from inspiring new events that all are focused on a common goal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep trying to expand our centers of influence to increase awareness and drive success.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The people of the small city of Geneva, Illinois, have huge hearts when it comes to supporting one of their own. Because of this the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has had great success in raising funds to help defeat this disease.

I have been honored to be a part of the foundation since its inception in 2007. From the large companies who have donated money, to the individuals who have donated their time, the fundraising efforts of the organization have been enormous with over $100,000 being raised each year and donated to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at many of the fundraising events that the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has held. Paul Ruby is an inspiration to everyone who knows him and for that reason all involved worked very hard to make the events successful. We knew that the more funds we were able to raise the quicker there might be a cure.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The people of the foundation have worked together for years and have fine tuned the organizational aspects. I don't think I'd change anything!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are proud to be able to participate in selecting the research projects that our donations fund. Our sponsors and board members are all part of the process. We get updates on past projects that were funded letting us keep our volunteers, donors & sponsors in the loop and confirming that we can make a difference.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When Paul first told me of his condition I was obviously “bummed out”, but typical of Paul’s positive attitude he quickly stated he is going to start a foundation to help find a cure. Not only did he start it, but it has raised over $500,000 in five years.

The amount of community and individual involvement for this association is remarkable. People have been tireless in their approach and the dollars raised speaks for its self.

In addition, this association is extremely diligent in vetting out how the money should be spent. They don’t take this responsibility lightly.

Someday, I hope soon, there will be a cure or an effective treatment for Parkinson’s and it will be a direct result of countless hours volunteered by a wonderful group of people from the Paul Ruby Foundation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Research is a committed group that is full of individuals who are all vested in a common goal of finding a cure for Parkinson's. The foundation is truly a community effort, with many in the local area coming together to support a friend and neighbor, and now a larger cause. I am continually impressed by the outpouring of support we receive from the Geneva, Tricities and larger local community. Our volunteers go above and beyond, promoting research, our events and all of our efforts. I could not be more proud to be involved in such a great organization that is really promoting change and progress in Parkinson's research.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find out how we could expand our reach to involve more volunteers and promote the great research we've been able to help fund.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you to the wonderful community that supports our mission.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to get more young people involved.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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14 people found this review helpful

This community based foundation has donated over $120,000 to Parkinson's research in it's first 2 years. With 100% volunteers and growing local support this organization is extremely efficient.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased awareness of the disease. Connected patients and care givers. Funded PD research projects.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping others and making new friends who want to help the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help cure Parkinson's disease.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Research is truly committed to raising funds for the goal of curing Parkinson's disease. It is a locally based organization and does an extremely good job of raising awareness about the disease. The Foundation also teaches the community about how important it is to give back.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would like to see is for the group to grow fundraising through social media.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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