We build collaborations to solve problems
The National Stem Cell Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds adult stem cell and regenerative medicine research, connects children with limited resources to clinical trials for rare diseases and sponsors enrichment opportunities for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pioneers nationwide.
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 projects with the greatest potential to impact healthcare.
The National STEM Scholar Program funds enrichment opportunities for science teachers motivating students at the tipping point of life-long science interest – middle school. Research shows that children in middle school who become excited about science are the ones who will pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses in high school and major in STEM subjects at the college level.
According to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the U.S. needs approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than it can produce at current graduation rates. We believe focusing our efforts and resources on reaching the influential middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM research pioneers will bear fruit now and into the future.
NSCF has partnered with the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to provide advanced STEM training and network building opportunities for 10 middle school science teachers selected annually from a national pool of applicants. The 20 Scholars to date represent 14 states, from Alaska to Maine and Minnesota to Florida. Each Scholar class convenes in June on the campus of WKU for a week of advanced training and project development, and again the following March at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference. A significant requirement of Scholarship is the responsibility for sharing lessons learned with colleagues in the Scholar’s home school, district or state. The ripple effects of this program are being studied as an ongoing research project in innovative education program outcomes by Gatton Academy and the WKU School of Education.
Through a funded National STEM Scholar Speaker Series, each Scholar class spends one day working with a national or international thought leader in education who will present to a regional audience of educators, legislators, policy makers and students that evening.
Bringing space to the classroom, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will downlink to Scholar classrooms to answer questions developed by the students while a research collaboration between NSCF-funded researchers circles the Earth in zero gravity. A custom space curriculum designed by DreamUp will be used by each Scholar classroom to coordinate with the downlink from ISS.
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 over 24,000 new donors on the National Marrow Donor Program registry and found more than 500 matches for people on a waiting list. In 2016, they received the RARE Champion of Hope 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 clinical trials for life-threatening diseases. These are children with no other treatment options and often limited resources.