About The Goddess Fund


The Goddess Fund was launched in 2000 and with focused attention, nimble action and little bureaucracy. We’ve built a track record of significant accomplishments. Shared below are eleven highlights from the last eleven years — with your support, the best is yet to come.

  • Developed a world-class Medical Advisory Board of pre-eminent stroke professionals representing the country’s leading academic medical institutions.
  • Built a lay board of leading professionals in education, communications, government and businesses, each of whose lives have been personally touched by stroke in women.
  • Initiated a research grant program which has funded over $1.4 million to young investigators.
  • Reviewed multiple grant applications and selected six proposals with great potential to health care for women and stroke.
  • Advocated for and orchestrated Congressional hearings on stroke in women and provided expert witnesses to testify about the need for increased research funding in this area.
  • Worked with key Senate staff to increase government funding for research on stroke in women and was instrumental in encouraging the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services to provide, for the first time, a separate section on stroke in women in its report. From 2001 through 2010, the subcommittee’s annual report included the need to focus special attention and funding towards understanding the ethnic and gender based disparities in stroke risk and post-stroke care, as well as the growing occurrence of stroke in young women.
  • Initiated a Washington DC based out-reach program aimed at business and government opinion leaders, which included co-sponsoring education symposia with the Society for Women’s Health.
  • Created and nationally distributed over 300,000 self-empowering wallet sized, laminated stroke awareness cards in English and Spanish to educate women and families about the symptoms they need to recognize and the treatment they need to seek.
  • Launched our website (www.thegoddessfund.org) to provide important information about new research on stroke in women and our on-line giving program.
  • Underwrote the highly acclaimed public health initiative, “The Beauty Shop Project”, which focused on educating African-American women about the risks and warning signs of stroke in an innovative and non-invasive setting: the beauty parlor. “The Beauty Shop Project” was praised by the American Stroke Association and was covered by over 450 media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN.com, MSNBC and NPR.
  • Launched the local Friends of The Goddess Fund in Chicago and Palm Beach to drive local awareness and education and fund key research grants. If you would like to work with The Goddess Fund to promote awareness and education in your community, please contact us at www.thegoddessfund.org.