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Parkinson's Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
April 2024

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Parkinson's Foundation
200 SE 1st Street
Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

Other Names

National Parkinson Foundation—(formerly)
Parkinson's Disease Foundation—(formerly)

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Makes life better for people with Parkinson's disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure; builds on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson's community.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2023

Program Percentage: 79%

The percentage of Parkinson's Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $16

How many dollars Parkinson's Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Parkinson's Foundation's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
81% $14
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Parkinson's Foundation IRS Form 990 13-1866796
Parkinson's Foundation Audited Financial Statements 13-1866796
Entity: Parkinson's Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1866796
Entity: Parkinson's Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1866796

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Parkinson's Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Parkinson's Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 John L. Lehr President/CEO $530,192
2 Kayln Henkel SVP/Chief Advancement Officer $296,884
3 Curtis De Greff Past SVP/CFO $282,802
Name: John L. Lehr
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $530,192
Name: Kayln Henkel
Title: SVP/Chief Advancement Officer
Compensation: $296,884
Name: Curtis De Greff
Title: Past SVP/CFO
Compensation: $282,802

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the Parkinson's Foundation audit of June 30, 2023 (Note 8, Contributions of nonfinancial assets):

"During the year ended June 30, 2022, the Foundation engaged a new marketing consultant and expanded the delivery of its original public service announcement ("PSA"). Additionally, the Foundation created a second PSA to provide additional education and awareness of PD. A significant amount of free advertising time was generated through the broadcasting of the two PSAs, which were aired all throughout the United States. During the prior fiscal year , the Foundation only had the original PSA which was being aired in specific regions."

For the years ending June 30, 2023 and 2022 the Foundation placed a total value on these PSAs of $147,902,521 and $34,487,362, respectively.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Parkinson's Foundation 2023 tax filing, the Foundation reports re: Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

The Foundation reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to 11 individuals in 2023, including: (1) $115,500 paid to John H. Lehr, President & CEO, (2) $37,252 paid to Veronica Todaro, Executive VP COO through 08/2022, (3) $34,106 paid to James Beck, Chief Scientific Officer, (4) $32,952 paid to Curtis De Greff, Assistant Treasurer, (5) $42,848 paid to Kayln Henkel, SVP, Chief Advancement Officer, (6) $30,220 paid to Leilani Pearl, Assistant Secretary,  SVP CCO (7) $28,969 paid to Christiana Evers, Chief Comm. Eng. Officer, (8) $27,038 paid to Yasnahia Cortorreal, Chief HR & Admin Officer, (9) $25,175 paid to Elizabeth Pollard, Chief Training & Edu. Officer, (10) $1,000 paid to Sheera Rosenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives, (11) $1,300 paid to Alejandro Blanco, AVP Finance. Their reported total compensation in 2023 is $530,192, $221,034, $282,074, $282,802, $296,884, $260,698, $255,376, $225,820, $225,369, $210,462, and $183,034, respectively. (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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