Parkinson Association of Northern California

$31,942 raised by 142 donors

71% complete

$45,000 Goal

Just over twenty-five years ago, a small group of people with Parkinson's disease and their CarePartners met in a garage to encourage and support each other on the journey. The Parkinson Association of Northern California is what grew out of those meetings.

Today, the Parkinson Association provides resources and support to almost 40 (and growing) regional Support Groups throughout northern California. We also convene the Parkinson Association Educational Conference that now draws over 850 attendees for a day of education, information, and inspiration. We maintain a website (new version to be released June 2023) 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. Finally, PANC provides opportunities for care partners of individuals with Parkinson's to receive the much-needed respite, time to regroup, and replenish. In 2022, 80 families were allocated over 1600 hours through the Respite program.


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 Support Groups which are instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for the Parkinson's community. We host just under 40 support groups in the region. Currently, there are many areas in Northern California that do not have access to a Parkinson's disease support groups therefore our intent is to continue to fill the need where and when requested by a community.

Another popular program and need for funding is our Respite program. It is well known that care partners in the Parkinson's community often neglect their own needs to care for their loved one's needs. PANC's respite subsidies are provided to allow time for the self-care necessary to assure the care partners' own health and well-being. Requests for the respite grants continue to grow year after year.

We also need funding for our conference. PANC's Fall Annual Education Conference regularly draws over 800 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 affordable, educational, and highly inspirational. Plentiful vendors are in attendance highlighting their treatments and tools for PD patients.

Our 'Parkinson Path' is a quarterly journal that provides medically meaningful and poignant articles for those interested. It helps connect people with the larger Parkinson's community and feel less alone through this journey. The production and mailing costs on these are growing by the day so we need help here as well.

Last, exercise is absolutely crucial for those with Parkinson's disease, and in fact, exercise can slow its progression of the disease. PANC partnered with Kaiser Permanente Neuroscience to develop an educational program for fitness and wellness workers to instruct them on how best to work with Parkinson's patients. We 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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Parkinson Association of Northern California

other names


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, General population

BIPOC Leadership

Executive Director/CEO

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

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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