Parkinson Association of Northern California

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$72,107 raised by 167 donors

100% complete

$65,000 Goal

Almost 30 years ago, a small group of people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners met in a garage to encourage and support each other on the journey.  The Parkinson Association of Northern California grew out of those meetings and has continued to serve our community in a manner that no other organization does.  We are a boots-on-the-ground service organization that provides resources and services to the growing number of local individuals and their family members who have received a Parkinson's diagnosis.  The disease is unique to each individual so significant assistance and education is needed for all. 

Today, our independent organization provides resources and support to 48 (and growing) regional Support Groups throughout Northern California.  We also produce Parkinson's-specific programming including our popular annual educational conference that draws over 850 attendees for education, information, and inspiration.  We maintain a website with information and resources of interest to the Parkinson's Community and we publish the 'Parkinson Path', a quarterly journal featuring original articles from local neuroscience specialists, physical therapists, mental health professionals and members of the Parkinson's Community.  PANC also provides opportunities for care partners of individuals with Parkinson's to receive the much-needed respite, time to regroup, and replenish. In 2023, 80 families were allocated over 1600 hours through the Respite program. 

Parkinson's diagnoses are estimated to double in the next 20 years. There is much work to be done and many, many individuals to help. Please join us in supporting PANC and its NorCal Parkinson's heroes 


The Parkinson Association of Northern California is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, their care partners, family, and friends through education, resources, and support.


Our primary need for funding is for our care partner Respite program. It is well known that caregivers in the Parkinson's community often neglect their own needs to care for their loved ones. PANC's respite subsidies are provided to allow time for the self-care necessary to assure a caregiver’s well-being while knowing their loved one is in good hands with a local Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) contract worker. Due to recent significant caregiver cost increases, requests for respite grants are growing exponentially. Unfortunately, last year we were unable to fund all the requests.

Another financial need is for our Support Groups which are instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for the Parkinson's community. Currently, we host over 44 groups in NorCal. However, there are many areas, especially in rural areas, that do not have access to these critical support systems. It is our intent to continue to fill the need where and when requested by a community.

We also need funding for conference attendance grants. PANC's Annual Education Conference regularly draws over 850 attendees who are impacted by Parkinson's disease - from those who are very knowledgeable to those who are newly diagnosed. The conference is a full day of presentations by neurological experts, physical therapists, mental health professionals and inspirational speakers. This event is extremely educational and motivational and a must for those who can attend. Plentiful vendors highlight treatments and tools for PD patients too.

Last, exercise is crucial for those with Parkinson's disease, and in fact, exercise can slow progression of the disease. PANC partnered with Kaiser Permanente Neuroscience to develop an educational program for fitness and wellness professionals to instruct them on how best to work with Parkinson's patients. Funding helps us keep the costs low for this program to encourage as many attendees as possible.

Thank you!

Equity Statement

PANC is committed to removing barriers to care and ensuring that information and resources are accessible to all. We believe that everyone should have a fair opportunity to live a high-quality, long life with Parkinson’s disease (PD), regardless of how much money they make, their race or ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability status or geographic location.

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In-Person Event

2024 Parkinson Association of Northern CA Annual Education Conference

@the Grounds

September 28, 2024

Organization Data


Organization name

Parkinson Association of Northern California

other names


Year Established


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Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, Veterans

Local Counties Served

Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1024 Iron Point Rd. #1046
Folsom, CA 95630

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

San Joaquin, CA, US



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