About the Foundation

Founded in 1976, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016, working for four decades in Minnesota to realize our vision of a world without lupus.

The organization’s mission is “while working toward finding a cure, we support those impacted by lupus and promote a deeper understanding of the disease.”

As an independent, non-profit charitable organization, we accomplish this by supporting research that seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus as well as to discover its cause and cure, and by providing education, support and service to those impacted by lupus including promoting awareness and understanding of lupus and its impact to the broader community.

Board of Directors

The purpose of the volunteer board of directors is to support the mission of LFM. Board members are charged with the responsibility to hold LFM in trust with the public interest and to insure that the organization functions in accordance with its mission statement. A board member is the primary steward, and strongest advocate, for LFM both within and outside of the organization. LFM’s current board of directors are:

Jason Price, MBT, CPA, Chair
Erick Johnson, MBA, Vice Chair
Renee Sayles, Secretary
David Barnes, MBA, CPA, Treasurer
Shreyasee Amin, MD
Robert Kratzke, MD
Michael McGuire
Chris McPartland, MBA
Mark J. Padgett, JD
Pat Pauls, CPA
Karen Silgen, MBA

Public Accountability

LFM participates in annual reviews utilizing the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard, a standardized evaluation tool that addresses areas of accountability and transparency for charities in Minnesota. LFM’s most recent review, including current financial and program information, as well as details about the organization’s governance, is located on the smartgivers.org website. In addition, recent financial information about the organization is available upon request, including a copy of our most recent Form 990. Additional organizational information can be found on GuideStar.

Donor Privacy

LFM’s privacy policy is reviewed and approved by the organization’s Board of Directors. The policy addresses donor confidentiality, and provides the mechanism for donors to review and correct personal information as well as to “opt-out” of making their information available or shared, and to discontinue contact.  To review LFM’s policy, click the following link: donor privacy.

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