Foundation Announces Major Gifts Program

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 22, 2017) The Foundation for Physical Therapy announced the launch of its major gifts program, the Magistro Founders Society, as a way to annually recognize couples or individuals whose combined personal, or cumulative giving has reached $5,000 or more in one calendar year. The program was announced during the Foundation’s Awards Luncheon at APTA’s NEXT Conference in Boston, MA on June 22.

The Magistro Founders Society is named in recognition of the Foundation’s first president and chairman, the late Charles M. Magistro, to highlight the impact that vision and steadfast support can have on paving the way for future generations of investigators.

“We are ever grateful to our loyal donors whose generosity speaks to their commitment to elevate the physical therapy profession through evidence-based research,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “This program not only creates a new platform for giving and recognition but will also strengthen the Foundation’s ability to fund impactful physical therapy research and expand funding opportunities for eligible researchers.”

Magistro Founders Society members will receive exclusive benefits and privileges in accordance to benefits outlined by their specific level of giving. To learn more about this program, please contact

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the last 38 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 590 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $753 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

For more information, e-mail or call 800/875-1378.