ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 22, 2017) The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research 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

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization to fund physical therapy research to optimize health and movement. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships and scholarships. Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with this support. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to secure more than $824 million in follow-on funding.

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