Our Mission

The Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Through its partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Psychiatry, the Foundation funds critical research focused on understanding the root causes of, and potential cures for, brain diseases.

Why I Walk BannerSince 1984, The Foundation has awarded 128 scientific research grants totaling more than $5 million; these funds have leveraged an additional $145 million from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies. We are committed to raising community awareness and supporting effective treatment programs.


Our Vision

With nearly 30 years of providing financial support for ongoing and new research and treatment for mental illnesses, The Foundation of Hope has its sights set on growing community support for people impacted by mental illness.

We strive to educate our volunteers and donors on the impact of their involvement, and encourage proactive, positive community work. Our efforts are paying off. In 2016, through our events and fundraising initiatives, we raised just over $1 million for the first time. Through diversifying our funding resources and expanding our donor base, we seek to become a million-dollar foundation with a far-reaching, powerful impact on worthwhile research projects and community initiatives.