Through its research grants and student fellowships, LFM is doing its part to advance the medical science related to autoimmune diseases. In addition, funds have been established to provide emergency grants and direct services to individuals and families affected by the disease. LFM has the following restricted funds:
Susan Barry Meckstroth Research Endowment
In the late 1980s visionary supporters of the Foundation initiated a fund dedicated to the purpose of making grants for research applied toward the cause and cure of lupus. Endowment investment earnings support annual grant making toward this purpose. The fund has enabled LFM to contribute almost two million dollars directly to lupus research since its inception. For funding application information, see Clinical Research Grants.
Student Fellow Scholarship Fund
Created in 2011, the fund enables LFM to continue to provide scholarships to undergraduates who are interested in careers in basic or clinical research. Since its inception in 1981, the Summer Fellowship program has supported more than 120 young investigators, providing them with an opportunity to work with an established faculty researcher at a local institution including, among others, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic. The aim of the program is to cultivate a new generation of lupus researchers and bring greater awareness to the cause. For funding application information, see Student Research Fellowships.
Angel’s Fund supports costs associated with providing direct services to LFM participants. This includes funding licensed professionals on staff to provide quality services for individuals and families impacted by lupus, support groups, as well funding training opportunities and the development and distribution of education products and materials.
Jenna’s fund provides disease management education support for people living with lupus, including scholarships for families and children to attend Camp Sunshine in Maine.