January 27, 2019 - Philanthropic Legacy of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
September 2007 – January 2019
The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) was founded with a vision for the future as a catalyst funder, targeting AD prevention through spirited public engagement campaigns, early assessment technologies, support of the first “virtual registry” as power pools for big data, and pre-clincial AD research to modify disease risk. Over the past decade, the scientific community has moved its research agenda closer to those targets as GBFAI demonstrated innovative leadership through its global sex-based research challenges, the “first AD virtual recruitment platform and early brain health initiative (21st Century BrainTrust).”
Over its decade plus history, GBFAI forged effective partnerships that successfully leveraged and more than doubled its philanthropic impact against dollars spent, while elevating the donor foundation profile and extending its presence beyond the set funding level. Today GBFAI continues to consolidate its collaborative initiatives into three domains: i) mobile health technologies for cognitive assessment; ii) recruitment/retention for clinical prevention trials; and iii) validation of a new role for patients and caregivers as clinical research partners. The momentum for these initiatives have been mainstreamed and will be sustained by our philanthropic partners as the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative closes out its 501c3 non-profit status.