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The Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of Arizonans with Parkinson’s disease and their families by promoting “Power Over Parkinson’s TM” through education, services, and support. The Chapter also seeks to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and the issues that are important to the Parkinson’s community.


The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to “ease the burden and find a cure” for Parkinson’s disease. For more information regarding the APDA National Organization, please visit www.apdaparkinson.org


This month’s rumor dujour:

“Money raised in Arizona gets sent to NY or National, it does not stay in Arizona.”

“Half of Arizona’s money gets sent to NY”

The truth:

The money raised in Arizona, stays in Arizona. There has been some confusion about that but be assured you can count on that! In other words, if an individual donates money to APDA Arizona and/or a group raises funds for APDA Arizona the funds are set aside in the Arizona chapter account and are used for the intent and purpose set forth by the donor. Each month I receive statements indicating all activity in the account and manage our budget on a state level. If your donation comes back with a non-Arizona bank stamp, don’t be alarmed. All money flows through that bank and comes right back here to our Arizona account.

As part of a national organization we benefit from a variety of administrative support functions. These functions, such as accounting, insurance, website support, etc would each cost our chapter money if we were not associated with a national organization. Instead, we are able to receive support from the national office for these services at no cost. This enables us to use precious donation dollars for direct services and programs instead of infrastructure and business processes.



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