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2017 Annual Report cover, titled "Roadmaps for Progress."

2017 Annual Report


We take seriously our responsibility to the Parkinson's community. Since our inception in 2000, 88 cents of every dollar spent by The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has gone directly to grants and initiatives to speed a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Our 2017 Annual Report outlines our roadmaps for increasing momentum in understanding Parkinson's and accelerating new treatments — strengthened by the generous dedication of our community.


$100 Million in research programs funded in 2017


A Note from Michael

Michael J Fox

One of the great gifts of my life is that I've been in a position to take my experience with Parkinson's and combine it with the perspectives and expertise of others to accelerate improved treatments and a cure.

In 2017, thanks to your generosity and fierce belief in our shared mission, we moved closer to this goal than ever before.

For helping us put breakthroughs within reach, thank you.

With gratitude,

Michael J Fox's signature


Annual Letter from the CEO and the Co-founder

"Understanding Parkinson's disease is the starting point of every effort to accelerate the cure. Years of work spent uncovering Parkinson's secrets — defining the highly variable patient experience, shedding light on genetic origins of disease, mapping molecular pathways — are now paying off in a tangible quickening tempo of progress. And your support is helping us more quickly usher in a future without Parkinson's.

Todd Sherer's signature
Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO
Debi Brooks' Signature
Deborah W. Brooks, Co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman


Milestone Markers

Discover key milestones toward a cure in 2017 and meet some of the dedicated MJFF community members whose generosity and collaboration are moving us forward.

Explore the difference made by our community in the full report.

Middle aged male and female couple smiling for camera.

Community Support

"We can all play a part in a cure."

Judy Mayo and Sid Aaron

Board member Jeff Levy on a hike wearing an MJFF baseball hat.


"If anyone is going to find a cure for this disease, it will be The Michael J. Fox Foundation."

Jeff Levy

Head shot of Fox Insight participant Anna Cohn Donnelly.

Fox Insight

"People are hungry for ways to engage."

Anna Cohn Donnelly

Ken Marek accepting the 2017 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson's Research with Todd Sherer.

Major Research Prizes

"Recognizing key discoveries in dystonia and inspiring hope for a world free of Parkinson's."

Andres Lozano, MD, PhD, and Kenneth Marek, MD

Team Fox: A Global Community for a Cure

In 2017, this grassroots fundraising community united 175,000 friends and family around our shared commitment to curing Parkinson's, with 100 percent of all event proceeds going directly to the Foundation's high-impact programs.


$100 Million in research programs funded in 2017


5,800 plus grassroots Team Fox fundraisers worldwide
2017 in Pictures

See some of the memorable moments shared with the MJFF community.


Since day one, our commitment to accountability, transparency and efficiency has been fundamental to our progress. And, it will continue shape our work until we cure Parkinson's and go out of business.

We can't do it alone, and we thank you for choosing to support our mission to speed a cure for Parkinson's. 

Growing Investments in PD Research

Five-year Snapshot


$77 million in 2013, $76 million in 2014, %87 million in 2015, $90 million in 2016, and $98 million in 2017


Where Your Money Goes

Since Inception


88% in research programs 9% in funding 3% in administration


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Your support will help usher in a future without Parkinson's disease.

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