A generous commitment from the Danforth Foundation promotes Hope Center research


The Danforth Foundation Challenge for Neurological Disorders has been established by a generous gift from the Danforth Foundation to support innovative research at the Hope Center.

Each endowment gift for the Hope Center received or pledged by December 31, 2013 –up to a total of $10 million — will secure an equal amount from the Danforth Foundation Challenge on a 1:1 basis. All pledges must be fulfilled by December 31, 2018.

The endowment created by the gift is named for the late Donald Danforth Jr., BU ’55, who was an executive vice president of Ralston-Purina Co., a notable entrepreneur and a trustee of the Danforth Foundation. Danforth was the brother of Washington University Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth, former U.S. Senator John Danforth and St. Louisan Dorothy Danforth Miller.

The impact of your gift

The Challenge will support research in the most promising area of basic and clinical research to understand the causes and develop treatments that will lead to better outcomes for patients, with the hope of finding cures. Only through significant private funding will rapid advances in research take place.

Your gift to the Hope Center will:

  • Fuel the momentum on fast-breaking research developments by eliminating the lag time in traditional funding mechanisms
  • Fund exciting early-stage research too preliminary for government grants
    Support evaluation of new drugs and therapies not ready for pharmaceutical company development
  • Provide funding for targeted interdisciplinary research projects

Put your gift to work today!

For more information, please contact:

The Danforth Foundation Challenge for Neurological Disorders
Attention: Pam Morris, Executive Director of Development for Clinical Programs
Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 1247
7425 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105-2161
314-935-9716 (fax)