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Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

CharityWatch report issued
January 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY 10163-4777

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Dedicated to ensuring the development of better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 88%

The percentage of Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research IRS Form 990 13-4141945
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-4141945
Entity: Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
meets governance benchmarks.
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Deborah W. Brooks Co-Founder/Executive Vice Chair $720,434
2 Todd Sherer CEO $672,153
3 Joanne Martz Chief Financial & Administrative Officer $404,278
Name: Deborah W. Brooks
Title: Co-Founder/Executive Vice Chair
Compensation: $720,434
Name: Todd Sherer
Title: CEO
Compensation: $672,153
Name: Joanne Martz
Title: Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Compensation: $404,278

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research consolidated audit of December 31, 2016 (Note I, Commitments, [4] Contingent funding for research):

"The Foundation has been awarded contingent research funding of $625,000 from several donors, to be received over the next several years. Since these funds are contingent upon the progress of research, these amounts have not been included in the accompanying [audited] consolidated financial statements."
According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research consolidated audit of December 31, 2016 (Note L, Concentration of Revenue):

"During 2016 and 2015, approximately 43% and 42%, respectively, of the Foundation's total support and revenue was provided by two donors in both years."

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