About the CDF
Contributors of the Canadian Dermatology Foundation can take satisfaction in seeing the great strides dermatological research has made since 1969.
CDF Established in 1969
The Canadian Dermatology Foundation owes its existence to 13 dermatologists who, in 1969 had the vision to realize how critical research was to the future of dermatology.
Bill Garbe was Founding President, supported by Roy Forsey as Vice-President who went on to become President. Their commitment was continued by a distinguished line of Presidents: Stuart Maddin, Colin Ramsay, David McLean, John Albers, and current incumbent Neil Shear.
In 1969 the first grant of $368 was awarded. By 2004, $3,500,000 grants had been awarded. In 2011 the total sum dedicated to expanding scientific knowledge of skin disease surpassed $6,000,000.
Many years were required to build the Capital Fund to a level where it could generate grants. In 1991, it reached $1,000,000. It took until 2000 to reach $2,000,000 and today the Capital Fund stands at over $ 3,000,000.
To maintain a healthy level of financial return, ongoing fundraising to support the Capital Fund is essential. Please support this year's CDF campaign by "giving back" to dermatology!
- 2009 - CDF 40th anniversary - $5,000,000 grants awarded
- 2008 - CDF Benefactor Life Patron donor level introduced
- 2007 - First year of Benefactor Life Contributors' CDF Research Grant
- 2005 - CDF Colin Ramsay Endownment Fund established
- 2004 - CDF 35th anniversary - $3,500,000 awarded
- 2003 - Establishment of Edwin Brown - CDA Endowment research grant
- 1994 - Introduction of the Corporate Benefactor Program
- 1992 - Launch of "CDF Practitioner of the Year Award"
- 1991 - Dr Frederick Kalz fund established
- 1990 - CDF becomes sole beneficiary of the $470,000 Winefride Raye estate
- 1979 - George S. Williamson Fund amalgamated with CDF
- 1974 - British Columbia Dermatology Foundation amalgamated with CDF
- 1969 - Thirteen dermatologists establish the CDF