Medical Research

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • http://www.mcpf.org

Mission Statement

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) is a nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other disorders of the central nervous system.  MCPF is also a community of people that provides information and emotional support to those affected by paralysis.

Main Programs

  1. Paralysis Research Funding
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

MCPF supports cutting edge research primarily with best-of-class American and international institutions.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director

Self-reported

Peter Morton

Keywords

Self-reported

SCI, spinal cord injury, spinal, cord, injury, paralysis, Morton, Cure, Paralysis, research

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EIN

31-1611411

 Number

0854500191

Physical Address

4302 W Linda Ln

Chandler, 85226

Also Known As

MCPF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nerve, Muscle, Bone Research (H50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (H12)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have raised over $3,5 million for SCI research, funding cutting-edge research at some of the best research institutions in the country.  Scientists receiving our grants have used the data from our projects to garner another $15 million in NIH grants.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Paralysis Research Funding

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund supports cutting-edge ideas, enabling researchers to gather the proof-of-concept data needed to pursue multimillion dollar grants from large financiers such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. In effect, the MCPF helps place new research products in the investigation pipeline.

One of the organization's proudest accomplishments and operating principles is to maintain extremely low expenses, maximizing the contributors' gifts that reach research facilities. Throughout its history, the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund has kept total expenses less than 10 percent of gross revenues.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The primary goal of the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) is to accelerate the search for a cure for paralysis. We also work to help the injured and their families navigate the difficult waters after spinal cord injury.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We utilize a venture capital strategy in our research funding. We look to support scientists with projects of high potential who will use the proof-of-concept data generated by our funding to apply for much larger grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Directors of the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund have extensive business experience and are leaders in the corporate community. This translates into organizational excellence and a sharp strategic focus enabling MCPF to produce top-quality results for its donors. In addition, MCPF utilizes a review panel of world-class neuroscientists that performs peer review on the projects submitted to us, ensuring the accurate and efficient allocation of our funding resources. MCPF also looks to minimize expenses at every opportunity, maximizing the amount of donations that reach the intended cause.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund has supported research in 5 countries, 17 states and at 31 of the best paralysis research institutions in the world.

    The venture capital strategy is a proven success, as our funded scientists have used the data generated by $2.5 million in funding to raise another $15 million from NIH to further explore the most promising leads.

    The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund has maintained a top-notch expense ratio since its inception, managing expenses to less than 15% of revenue.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    While progress in research can be nebulous, as groundbreaking discovery by its nature is a hit and miss, incremental process, the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund has had a hand in driving substantial progress over the last two decades. When we began our mission, a cure for paralysis was being pursued by only a few scientists and organizations like MCPF who were considered to be chasing a pipe dream. Now research is being done at many institutions around the world in both the public and private sector. Belief among the experts in the potential for the discovery of a cure for paralysis is now broad and concrete. Human clinical trials are now taking place on a regular basis with many of them being supported by the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

MCPF supports cutting edge research primarily with best-of-class American and international institutions.

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Financials

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Morton Cure Paralysis Fund
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

Leadership

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Executive Director

Peter Morton

BIO

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund is an organization whose foundation is built upon volunteerism. Many people have given of their time to guide this organization to where it is today. Becky Peters began her role as President in 2006. Ms. Peters became paraplegic in a car accident when she was 16 years old.  She is currently a Branch Manager at Trustone Financal.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Peter Morton

No affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?