We maximize the impact of your individual gift to fund life-changing grants sponsored by MDRT members.
From volunteering to raising funds at a Phonathon, building a home, or participating in the Promise Appeal during the MDRT Annual Meeting, you can become an agent of change by volunteering for the MDRT Foundation.
From youth leadership and education to medical research and community development, the MDRT Foundation’s grant programs build stronger families and communities worldwide.
World Bicycle Relief
A Worldwide Grant was awarded to support the distribution of 217 bicycles to schools in Namwala. Mobility is critical to alleviating high concentrations of poverty, high drop-out, and illiteracy rates, with students often walking up to six miles to reach the nearest school. – William Magnusson, CLU, CFP, 19-year member
Brae Riding for the Disabled
A Worldwide Grant was awarded to help fund a vaulting program. Brae participants have a variety of disabilities many with common challenges including low confidence, self-esteem, low muscle tone, low levels of communication and patience and very little opportunity to work within a team environment. Participants who are on the autistic spectrum find it difficult to interact with others and read body language. The discipline of vaulting provides the opportunity to overcome these challenges. – Elaine Milne, DipPFS, 10 – year member
Worldwide Cataract Foundation
A Worldwide Grant was awarded to support new medical equipment needed for the medical missions around the world to provide sight-restoring cataract surgery to people in need. It is essential to have proper working equipment for the teams. This particular piece of equipment is used to measure the cornea and that measurement is used to calculate the lens implant. This machine also measures the refractive error and prescription for glasses. – William Wellford, CLU, CFP, 19-year member
Fabretto Children's Foundation
A Worldwide Grant was awarded to support Fabretto’s Rural Secondary Education Program: Increasing Economic & Educational Opportunities for Rural Nicaraguan Youth The project will provide an alternative secondary education to 230 youth in rural Nicaragua who would not otherwise have access to a quality education. The majority of youth come from impoverished or financially insecure families. – Matthew Lacroix, ChFC, CFP, 20-year member
Parkinson's Queensland Inc
A Worldwide Grant was awarded to support the charity’s In Touch Series: Living with Parkinson’s a holistic approach. These seminars bring together some of the sharpest minds in the Parkinson’s community to inform and educate general practitioners, specialists, nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals on the latest methodology for treating patients with Parkinson’s. – Peter Byrne, 10-year member
Ukulele Kids Club
A Worldwide Grant was awarded to fund the organization’s Music Heals Hospitalized Children program. Therapists use interventions that involve playing the ukulele, singing, composing new music, and recreating patient-preferred songs. In a pediatric setting, music therapists primarily use the ukulele to distract children during medical procedures and to raise their spirits during long hospital stays. The kids can then take their ukuleles home with them when they are discharged from the hospital, as a “gift of music for life”. – Susan Gelber, 3-year member
September 1 marks the new fiscal year for the MDRT Foundation. With it, a milestone anniversary, new volunteer leadership, and the deadline for the year’s grant applications. The new year marks the 60th anniversary of the Foundation. In the new fiscal year, 50 members will volunteer their time, talent and treasure to serve on committees to operationalize the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation will continue to engage members by raising awareness and funds for charity partners via campaigns held during signature MDRT events, including the Top of the Table Annual Meeting, the MDRT EDGE and the MDRT Annual Meeting. In addition, MDRT Gives Day is October 23, a global day of giving for the Foundation.
The Quality of Life grant program honors the volunteerism of MDRT members who give their time to serve charitable programs in their own communities and worldwide. Award consideration includes the duration and depth of the members’ volunteer efforts with a particular charity.