How is the Foundation supported?
The financial commitments of the Foundation are met from various contributions. Clubs make an annual contribution, typically as part of the Parade of Love during the Foundation luncheon at the District convention. Divisions are encouraged to participate in an annual Bowl-a-thon and other fund raising activities which take place at the District Convention. To meet the budget, club contributions averaging $15 per member are needed in addition to funds raised through the bowl-a-thon (typically $45,000 to $65,000 per year) and by the Sponsored Leadership Programs. Many clubs go well beyond these averages. In addition, Key Club, Circle K and even Builders, K-Kids, and Aktion clubs make contributions. Contributions from the Sponsored Leadership Organizations often collectively exceed $50,000 each year! Individual members often make contributions, and members are now starting to include the Foundation in their estate plans. We received our first bequest last year in the amount of $40,000!
What is Spastic Paralysis?
Spastic Paralysis is not necessarily a disease itself, but a symptom of various diseases or medical conditions of the central nervous system that cause spasticity (stiff or rigid muscles that interfere with walking, movement, or speech). Research has included diseases such as brain tumors, spina bifida, Alzheimer, genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile x syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, neonatal care and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants. Other research has been purely scientific in the development of medical equipment and techniques used to study the nervous system.
The Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation is a charitable organization as defined under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code, so contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.
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