We build collaborations to solve problems.
The National Stem Cell Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization funding adult stem cell and regenerative medicine research, scholarships for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM pioneers, patient advocacy and programs that connect children with limited resources to cutting-edge clinical trials.
The Better Business Bureau recommends that at least 65% of a nonprofit’s total expenses go to program expenses. The National Stem Cell Foundation far surpasses that, with 86% of all donations going directly to funding research, education and advocacy.
We partner with other foundations, organizations and institutions to co-fund research and clinical trials that advance therapies and technologies with the potential to significantly reduce the physical and financial burden of diseases and conditions that affect us all.
We believe in the power of collaboration to maximize donor dollars and speed research into therapies for currently incurable diseases. We look for the most promising developments in the fields of neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disease, rare childhood disorders and regenerative repair and actively seek partnerships to co-fund the projects with the greatest potential to impact healthcare.
Students who get excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects in middle school often go on to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
NSCF partners with the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics at Western Kentucky University to fund 10 scholarships each year for middle school teachers who will inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers.
In addition to receiving advanced education in the development of STEM projects for middle school classrooms, National STEM Scholars spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education sponsored by the Mary Nixon STEM Scholar Speaker Series.
Students of National STEM Scholar teachers will work with providers of space technology and education. This project brings the International Space Station experience into the classroom!
Through our strong alliance with Space Tango, NASA is investigating an opportunity for astronauts on the International Space Station to talk directly with the classrooms of our STEM Scholars while a NSCF research project in zero gravity circles the Earth.
Our patient advocacy programs connect people to life-saving treatments and potential cures.
We fund the national efforts of Sharing America's Marrow (S.A.M.) to significantly increase the donor pool for life-saving bone marrow transplants. In 2015 and 2016, The S.A.M. team enrolled 24,000 new donors on the National Marrow Donor Program registry and found nearly 400 matches for people on a waiting list. In 2017, they received the RARE Champion of Hope Advocacy Award from Global Genes.
In partnership with the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (PBMT) program at Duke University, we help cover insurance deductibles and co-pays for children eligible to participate in potentially life-changing clinical trials when those costs are out of reach. Children from across the United States, and around the world, travel to PBMT for access to cutting-edge clinical trials for life-threatening diseases. These are often children with no other treatment options and limited resources.