LONG BEACH, CA (JULY 2017) – With more funding for cutting-edge arthritis research projects, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) hopes to accelerate this critical science closer to a cure.
“Hiring a fund development director is the first step toward increasing our funding for more research projects aimed at finding a cure for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, gout and the various autoimmune forms of arthritis,” says ANRF board president, Shaun Skeris.
Newly hired fund development director Anita Rodriguez brings 16 years of experience in fund development to the Arthritis National Research Foundation. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Anita has helped raise millions of dollars for both local and national nonprofit human service and voluntary health, and medical research organizations. Anita holds a Masters degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from California State University, Fullerton. Her career began in marketing for nationally recognized for-profit corporations; she transitioned to the nonprofit sector in 2001.
“I am thrilled to join the dynamic team here at ANRF and look forward to working with everyone to secure funding for more research. My grandmother suffered greatly from osteoarthritis and now my mother does, too. So, I have a personal interest in seeing major advancements in this field.”
The Arthritis National Research Foundation is based in Long Beach, California, and provides research grant funding to newer MD and PhD scientists at nonprofit research institutions across the US. In 2017, ANRF awarded 14 grants totaling $1.3 million supporting innovative research. The organization has earned the highest, 4-Star rating for transparency and fiscal responsibility from online evaluator Charity Navigator for 9 consecutive years, placing it in the top 1% of all US charities.