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The Trauma Center at JRI 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 and 2013 annual conferences, 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 was to match that $150,000 in order to receive these grants and put our endowment fund at over one million and in striking distance of our 1.3 million target to activate this endowed chair position.

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. We reached out to you again, 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.

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