Venture Philanthropy

Venture Philanthropy

Venture philanthropy provides a way for donations to work like investments and donors to be more involved by funding highly visible activities to achieve the mission of a charity or nonprofit. The RD Fund aims to deliver life-changing solutions for individuals with, or at risk of retinal degeneration today, but also to create a pipeline of next-generation and novel therapeutic opportunities for tomorrow. With success, all proceeds of this high-impact philanthropic vehicle are returned back to the RD Fund and the Foundation Fighting Blindness to provide resources to further its mission.

For Donors

The RD Fund has an independent and diverse Board of Directors comprised of prominent investors, business executives, and clinicians to oversee the portfolio of investments, and to ensure alignment with the Foundation’s mission. They are also charged with balancing risk versus return, and to ensure diversification of indications and therapies within the category.

Every dollar directed toward this critical research comes from donors like you. In addition to providing funding, the RD Fund is unique in its ability to provide significant ongoing technical and strategic support and guidance. Your generosity makes real progress possible and pushes us toward our goals.

The RD Fund also brings other key resources to bear including the following tools:

  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s My Retina Tracker - a clinical registry of affected individuals with specific genotypes and phenotypes that can aid in clinical trial recruitment
  • Natural history studies including ProgStar (for Stargardt disease) – designed to identify more precise ways to measure treatment effects within clinical trials and with the ability to perform custom analyses
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s Clinical Consortium – a network of clinical centers of excellence that will participate in clinical studies to help accelerate the development of treatments for inherited retinal diseases (IRDs)
  • Interested in making a general donation to Foundation Fighting Blindness click here