Foundation for Physical Therapy Announces 2014 Service Award Recipients

The Foundation for Physical Therapy announced its 2014 Service Awards recipients, recognizing individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the Foundation and advancing its mission to fund physical therapy research.

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The leadership, generosity, and creativity of this year’s awardees have been instrumental to the continued success of the Foundation, said Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 05, 2014

The Foundation for Physical Therapy recently announced recipients of its 2014 Service Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the Foundation and advancing its mission to fund physical therapy research. This year’s recipients will be recognized during the Foundation’s 35th Anniversary Gala on June 12, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we thank our 2014 Service Award recipients for their dedication and tireless efforts to strengthen the Foundation,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. “The leadership, generosity, and creativity of this year’s awardees have been instrumental to the continued success of the Foundation.”

The 2014 recipients are:

Magistro Family Foundation
Spirit of Philanthropy Award

This award recognizes donors with a proven record of exceptional generosity in support of the Foundation and its mission. These individuals not only have lent their direct financial support, but also have encouraged and motivated others in philanthropy. Charles M. Magistro, PT, DrSci (Hon), DPT (Hon), FAPTA, and his family donated $1 million in 2005 to create the Magistro Family Endowment Fund, which supports the investigation of innovative therapeutic interventions within the practice of rehabilitation. The endowment funds an annual Foundation research grant. Since its establishment, the Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund has provided 8 physical therapist researchers with grants of $40,000 each.

In 2012, the Magistro Family Foundation made an additional gift of $500,000 to the endowment fund. With this donation, the fund now exceeds $2 million and will continue to provide vital grant funding into the future. In 2013, Charles Magistro additionally directed $100,000 to support the Foundation’s Center of Excellence campaign.

Magistro himself is an icon of the physical therapy profession, with a distinguished history within the Foundation. As a founder, first Board of Trustees chair, and generous donor, he has been intimately involved with the Foundation since its inception. He remains active in guiding its priorities and providing valuable perspective as an Emeritus Trustee.

Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service and personal commitment toward promoting the Foundation’s goals. The individual receiving the Magistro Award has made a significant impact on the Foundation through his or her leadership and guidance. Dr. Jette, Director of the Health and Disability Research Institute at the Boston University’s School of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Management, has worked behind the scenes over the years to foster the Foundation’s mission. He currently serves as chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He has been a member of this committee since 2007, and has been instrumental in the inception and development of the Foundation’s scholarship, fellowship, and grant programs. Specifically, he conceptualized the New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative—Health Services Research (NIFTI-HSR).

Private Practice Section of APTA (PPS)
Premier Partner in Research Award

The Foundation has presented this award to a select few for generous and longstanding contributions critical to the success of the Foundation and its mission. The Private Practice Section of APTA has been a strong supporter of the Foundation, contributing an estimated $300,000 over the past 10 years. PPS was a lead supporter of the Foundation’s high-impact research grant initiative—Influence of Physical Therapy Referral Characteristics and Practices on Quality, Cost Effectiveness, and Utilization Patterns—and most recently gave $120,000 to the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research. The Section also has advocated effectively on the Foundation’s behalf, fostering additional support for its initiatives.

Illinois Physical Therapy Association's Student Special Interest Group
Innovation in Fundraising Award

This award is presented annually to a group or individual for demonstrating leadership, creativity, and initiative in developing, coordinating, and executing an innovative fundraising activity. In 2013, as a collaborative effort linking students across the state of Illinois, the SSIG of IPTA held its first annual student-led banquet benefiting the Foundation through the Marquette Challenge. The “We’re All in this Together”-themed event attracted more than 200 students from 8 different Illinois PT/PTA education programs, successfully promoting engagement, interaction, and networking.

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

To learn more, visit Foundation4pt.org.

Over the past 35 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 500 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $595 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their career with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at Foundation4PT.org or via postal mail at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information, contact Barbara Malm at barbaramalm(at)foundation4pt(dot)org or 800/875-1378.


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