At Johns Hopkins, we have a long-standing tradition of delivering the best neurological care. Philanthropy has been essential to our achievements, as it provides our team with the resources to further their research, improve patient care and train the next generation of neurologists. We strive to bring scientific research and discovery into clinical services to improve the lives of our patients and people all over the world. Your involvement and support enable future discoveries through the pursuit of new ideas that push the limits of current knowledge and expand the boundaries of our ability to diagnose and treat.
How to Donate
Stories of Giving
Community Rallies to Fund ALS Research
The Cropper family and the community of the Gulls Way Campground in Dagsboro, Delaware, created a two-day JR Cropper ALS Memorial Benefit. The event honors Elisha Wayne Cropper Jr., “JR,” who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and died in February 2021. In 2021, the benefit raised nearly $80,000 for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, which will help fund one research grant.
Professorship Honors Namesake’s Legacy
Richard and Frances Johnson were married for 54 years and dedicated years to working at Johns Hopkins. The Richard T. and Frances W. Johnson Professorship was established with support from the Johnsons’ children and their family members to honor the Johnsons’ legacy. “We hope that this professorship will carry on the tradition of our father’s research in neurovirology and recognizes those clinical researchers who embody our parents’ love of exploration,” Matthew Johnson, their son, says.
A Homerun for MS Research
Sam Greenberg founded Mission Stadiums for Multiple Sclerosis (MS4MS) in honor of his grandmother, who had MS. For the last several years, MS4MS has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Precision Medicine Center of Excellence to support cutting-edge research into MS therapies and outcomes. The organization has given more than $152,000 in total to fuel investigation into the disease.
Types of Gifts
Your gift helps sustain our mission and can be made in many ways, for a range of purposes:
Contributions can be made for general support or designated to benefit the work of a specific physician, program, center or division.
Opportunities to invest in the research program include support of faculty, research personnel, laboratory space and equipment.
Through the establishment of endowments, donors provide a steady stream of dedicated funds in perpetuity.
Gifts of all sizes help the Department of Neurology to continue our ongoing efforts as a leader in compassionate care and innovative research for patients and their families. Gifts made with a check or credit card, providing immediate support to the Department.
Contributions to the Department of Neurology can be unrestricted and used where the need is greatest. Gifts can also be designated to support a specific doctor or program. Gifts can also be made in memory of a loved one or to honor someone special in your life.
Gifts can be made outright or pledged over a period of up to five years.
Many employers offer a matching gift program to their employees. For every dollar you donate to the Department of Neurology, your employer will match it either dollar for dollar, two dollars to one dollar, or, in more generous cases, three dollars to one dollar. All you need is a Matching Gift Form from your employer’s Public Affairs Department. Complete the section designated for employees and mail the form to us. We will take care of all the other details and paperwork.
There are many ways to commemorate family members, friends, or colleagues on a birthday, anniversary, of another special occasion. Gifts made to the Department of Neurology in honor of a special physician, for example, who has played a significant role in your health. These gifts are greatly appreciated by the people being honored and their families.
A gift made to the Department of Neurology in memory of a person who has passed away is a special way to honor a beloved friend of family member. Such a gift creates a legacy and memorializes the person by providing direct support to the Department.
Gift planning allows our donors to thoughtfully choose ways of giving that meet their needs—and the needs of the Department of Neurology. A development officer with the Department and the Johns Hopkins Institutions Office of Gift Planning can provide you with information on effective charitable planning options so that you can achieve optimum tax, financial, and philanthropic results. Learn more about gift planning.
Neurology Development Office Team
Our team works to build relationships and create strategic partnerships to secure the resources required to fulfill Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.
Kimberly Willis joined the team in September 2023 and is the Executive Director of Development for the Departments of Neurology & Brain Sciences and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. In this role she provides strategy and vision to ensure philanthropic support to both departments in close partnership with the department directors and other faculty members and clinicians. She is passionate about partnering with donors to support the work of faculty, clinicians and students who are dedicated to patient care and groundbreaking research.
Kimberly has been at Johns Hopkins for over 20 years and in her most recent role was the Senior Director of Development at the Whiting School of Engineering. Prior to becoming a front-line fundraiser, she spent 10 years in alumni relations, volunteer engagement and event management.
Kimberly received her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the development committee for her alma mater, Mercy High School, and coaches middle school volleyball. Kimberly resides in Baltimore, MD with her husband and three of her four children.
Donna Marck joined the neurology development team in September 2019 as a development coordinator. In her role as senior development coordinator, she manages administrative activities and serves as the lead data specialist for the Department of Neurology development staff members. Donna brings extensive administrative experience to the development team. Before joining the neurology department, she worked with the federal government on a joint National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NASA polar satellite program.
Kalman Bokow joined the neurology development team in March 2023 as a development coordinator. He is responsible for gift processing, administration and acknowledgement, and supports the office in data-related needs. Before coming to Hopkins, Kalman studied at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland where he earned a history major with honors and a minor in Arabic studies. He specialized in the history of the Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) regions, the Iranian-American diaspora and contributed to an investigation of the history of slavery on Goucher’s campus called “The Hallowed Ground Project.” In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, mixology and drumming.
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Thank you for supporting neurology at Johns Hopkins. Together we can improve lives.