I believe we can help people with Parkinson's disease live better today by improving health and quality of life through patient education, resources and expert care while investing in research that leads to medical breakthroughs as quickly as possible.John L. Lehr
John L. Lehr leads the Parkinson's Foundation as president and chief executive officer. He has nearly three decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience, with a strong focus in the voluntary healthcare and medical research sectors.
Lehr played a key role in merging two legacy Parkinson’s disease (PD) organizations into the Parkinson’s Foundation in 2017. Since joining the Foundation, fundraising revenue has grown each year by double digits, allowing the Foundation to greatly expand its mission programs. Lehr led the efforts to open 17 regional chapters to better serve local Parkinson’s communities. These developments and other initiatives have allowed the Foundation to earn a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, and to be named to the 2020 list of Best Places to Work by The NonProfit Times.
During his tenure at the Foundation, Lehr has overseen several major initiatives including:
- Expanding the Foundation’s Global Care Network to increase access to high-quality PD care nationwide;
- Launching PD Generation: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease, a groundbreaking study to gather genetic data for research and drug development on thousands of people with PD by offering free genetic testing and counseling;
- Co-hosting the Parkinson’s Policy Forum to align the PD community around key issues, and to petition state and federal lawmakers to take action on pressing patient needs and policy changes;
- Launching the Venture Philanthropy Fund, the Foundation’s newest research-driven investment fund, to accelerate breakthroughs in treatments that people with PD need today.
Lehr also guides the Foundation’s four-year strategic plan to advance our mission and drive impact for the PD community. In advocating for the PD community, Lehr recognizes the importance of expanding community services and resources that are offered for free, notably extended hours and Spanish-language capabilities for the Foundation's Helpline, which receives 20,000 calls a year.
Lehr earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History from Villanova University. From 1990–1991, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka.
This episode of GoodUnited’s Nonprofit Innovators podcast features a one-on-one interview with John Lehr, president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation. Lehr discusses how nonprofits can be creative and innovative with a small budget, how a merger at the Foundation led to new and innovative research and programs, and more.
High Impact Philanthropy: John L Lehr Of the Parkinson’s Foundation On How To Leave A Lasting Legacy With A Successful & Effective Nonprofit Organization
In this interview, John Lehr, President and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, discusses how the Foundation is making life better for people with Parkinson’s disease and lists five things needed to create a successful nonprofit.
Providing information, help, and other resources for caring of those with Parkinson’s Disease with John Lehr
Caregiver SOS On Air
In this episode of the Caregiver SOS podcast, John L. Lehr, President and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, talks with host Ron Aaron on providing information, help and other resources for caregivers caring for people with PD.
2 Mikes Parkinson’s Podcast
This podcast episode features an interview with John Lehr, president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Philanthropy News Digest
John Lehr, president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, discusses the benefits of nonprofit mergers and how they create opportunities for existing organizations grow their mission.
In this interview, John Lehr, president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, shares personal stories about his career path, discusses the continued growth of the Parkinson’s Foundation and offers advice to aspiring civic leaders.
Parkinson’s News Today
Despite economic challenges due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the Parkinson’s Foundation is investing $10 million toward research, its care network, and community grants.
The Nonprofit Show
This recording from a live show features John L. Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. John discusses they key pillars of the Foundation – research, care and education and how the Foundation has continued to grow during a pandemic.