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Our Mission

Believe in Better

Our Mission & Vision

At the National Parkinson Foundation, we make life better for people with Parkinson's through expert care and research. Everything we do helps people actively enjoy life with their friends, families, children and grandchildren until there is a tomorrow without Parkinson's.

Our Values

The National Parkinson Foundation is guided by six core values:

We believe relationships matter. NPF recognizes that we depend on one another to advance our mission. Everything we do is driven by the active involvement and dedication of our community. 

We believe in giving from the heart. We are committed to going above and beyond to support and grow our caring community so that no one has to face Parkinson's alone.

We believe in the value of knowledge. We provide people with the best available information, tools and resources to manage their unique symptoms and get the best possible care at every stage of Parkinson's.

We believe people have power over Parkinson's. All of our programs are designed to empower people to focus on what they can do right now to live their best possible life.

We believe in demonstrating professional, financial and ethical standards of excellence. We hold ourselves and our performance accountable to our mission, to our donors, to our board, to our partners and to our community.

We believe in better. We are committed to quality research and programs and to connecting patients and families to life-changing services.


When Mrs. Jeanne C. Levey founded the National Parkinson Foundation prior to 1957, little was known about Parkinson's disease. For 22 years, until her death at age 92, Jeanne Levey nurtured NPF and watched it grow, as more and more persons became involved with and benefited from the work of the Foundation.

Dick Clark, Nathan Slewett, Phyllis Diller and Bob Hope

In 1979, the Board of Directors faced the challenge of replacing Mrs. Levey, and it turned to Nathan Slewett. Mr. Slewett, a successful businessman and attorney, had been a member of the Board for several years. At the age of 66, Mr. Slewett agreed to become President and, later, Chairman of the Board of NPF. Mr. Slewett served as Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2010.

NPF celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. We remain committed to the people who must deal with this disease every day of their lives: people with Parkinson’s, their families and their caregivers.

View a list of our current Board of Directors and Emeritus Board.

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