Make a tax deductible contribution

Donations can be sent by mail to: Canavan Research Foundation, 88 Route 37 New Fairfield, CT 06812.

To donate online click the link below. Be sure to check with your employer to see if they will match your donation!

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The cost of research is enormous. In the 11 years since our research began, the Canavan Research Foundation has raised over $2 million, all of which was acquired through fundraisers and private donations. However, these funds have been used in their entirety to finance research and clinical trials to this date. Future research will not be possible without your continued support. 


Why should I donate?

Even though the research we support has shown significant promise and has the potential to benefit other many diseases, because Canavan Disease is considered an orphan disease, the Canavan Research Foundation still receives little public funding. Our research is extremely dependent on private donations, and that means your generosity.

how will my donation be used?

We are currently pioneering the next gene therapy trial, which will cost over 3 million dollars. As this is a rare disease, we do not receive any government funding, and rely on private donations like yours. We also offer site visits to some Canavan families and provide resources for families with Canavan children.

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Apply to be a board member or Junior board member

CRF is accepting applications for new board members and junior board members (ages 25- 35). Interested applicants should contact to obtain an application.

Further information about board responsibilities can be found below.