HAPPY SPRING TO ALL
and thanks for your continued help!
WE ARE OVER TWO-THIRDS THERE! SO FAR, WE HAVE RAISED JUST OVER $90,000 TOWARD OUR CHALLENGE MATCH. WE NEED TO RAISE ANOTHER $60,000 BEFORE JUNE 30TH TO STAY ON TARGET.
To mark our 30th Anniversary, The Trauma Center at JRI has launched an important campaign to establish the first endowed Research Directorship of its kind in the country--the van der Kolk Chair. As many of you heard at our 2012 annual conference, in honor of our Founder, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and his unique vision and importance in the field of traumatic stress, we have worked tirelessly over the past 7 years to build an endowment fund held by our nonprofit organization, Justice Resource Institute. This fund was established to enable the continuation into perpetuity of an independent voice of scientific integrity in the field of traumatic stress.
Why is Establishment of an Endowed Research Directorship so Vital to Our Mission, to You, and to the Field?
Through establishment of the van der Kolk Chaired Research Directorship at Justice Resource Institute, we will ensure that The Trauma Center is able to continue to champion this vital work for generations to come. Echoing the impact of Dr. van der Kolk on the traumatic stress field over the past four decades, establishment of this independent endowed Research Directorship position will be a galvanizing, watershed event, the reverberations of which will be felt in our field for decades to come.
Since joining JRI in 2005, we have raised over $700,000 toward our target sum of 1.3 million needed to establish the van der Kolk chaired Research Directorship. In commemoration of our 30th anniversary, we were awarded three matching grants of $50,000 each. Our task is to match that $150,000 in order to receive these grants, toward our overall goal of raising at least $300,000 for our 30th anniversary, which will put our endowment fund at over one million and in striking distance of our 1.3 million target to activate this endowed chair position. We need your help to make this happen!
Through the Developmental Trauma Disorder Field Trial, we successfully demonstrated the power of a grass-root, national initiative fueled by dedicated professionals, families, consumers and small foundations to achieve what many believed would be impossible--to raise the over $300,000 necessary to launch the first entirely citizen funded mental health field trial in the United States. Now we are reaching out to you once more, but this time to put the infrastructure in place to upon which the entire next generation of cutting edge research at the Trauma Center will be built.
A Call to Action!
We invite you to reflect upon whether the research, writing, professional training or services of The Trauma Center at JRI have been of benefit to you, your family, your work, or the clients you serve, as well as contributed meaningfully to the betterment of countless lives impacted by trauma across the country and around the world. If the answer to your reflection is "Yes!" we ask that you take action now to invest in the future of this work.
On our contribution page, we have listed suggested giving levels to become our Visionaries, Benefactors, Sustainers, Founders, Patrons, Sponsors, Supporters and Friends. In addition, we are highlighting two more categories:
- Hero—1 person who gathers 3 or more donations equalling $1,000 or more
- Champion— 1 person who gathers 5 or more donations equalling $3,000 or more
To view a current list of donors, please CLICK HERE.