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2017 Annual Report

About Us

About the FNIH

  • $0.91

    of every dollar spent directly supports programs
  • $1 Billion+

    raised since inception
  • #1

    “Charitable Biomedical Research Organization” by Charity Navigator
  • 14

    consecutive years of “Exceeds Industry Standards” rating by Charity Navigator
  • #1

    “Organization of the Year” by Stevie Awards for Women in Business

You and the FNIH

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) works with partners like you to advance breakthrough biomedical discoveries and improve the quality of people’s lives. As a 501(c)(3) charity chartered by Congress, the FNIH depends on private philanthropy to support vital scientific research, education and training, awards and patient care activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest biomedical research agency. The FNIH’s team of scientists, program managers and fundraisers works hand-in-hand with you each day to shape the future of human health.

Dear Friends,

We begin by saying thank you! Thank you for your time, forward-thinking ideas, generous support and dedication to biomedical research.

You equip the FNIH with the essential resources needed to advance transformative biomedical research in support of the mission of the NIH and to have global impact. In 2017, you helped us reach the amazing milestone of raising more than $1 billion since our inception. These private-sector dollars are critical for breakthrough discoveries that improve the quality of people’s lives.

Your generous support allows us to convene large networks of scientific leaders to seek new knowledge and catalyze research collaborations to improve health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability. These alliances foster innovation and channel resources for maximum impact — achieving results far greater than what can be accomplished by any single organization.

In this 2017 Annual Report, we are delighted to highlight a few examples of the support and commitment of some of our partners and donors. In these vignettes, you will learn about projects that are solving some of the major unanswered questions of biomedical research, training the next generation of clinician-scientists, honoring outstanding scientific achievements and helping NIH patients and their families.

The work that you have supported has allowed the FNIH to be honored and recognized internationally last year. In 2017, the FNIH was named the “#1 Charitable Biomedical Research Organization” by Charity Navigator and earned a Gold Stevie Award for “Organization of the Year.”

So, once again, the FNIH Board of Directors and staff want to recognize the contributions of all of those individuals and organizations that have made our work possible. Thank you for your trust and support and for helping us shape the future of human health. We look forward to working closely with you in the years to come.

  • Steven M. Paul, M.D., FNIH Chairman

    Steven M. Paul, M.D.

  • Maria C. Freire, Ph.D., FNIH President and Executive Director

    Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.

    President and Executive Director