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About the Foundation

About the Foundation           

The Wilson Research Foundation was established in 1989 with a seed gift by the H.F. McCarty Jr. Family. The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) charity and serves as MRC's fundraising arm. Mr. McCarty asked that the Foundation be named to honor Earl R. Wilson, founding chairman of MRC, and his wife Martha, for their tireless work helping Mississippians overcome disabling obstacles.  

Our Mission

From the very beginning, the Foundation’s focus has been to build a research and education program to advance the clinical practice of neurorehabilitation. At Methodist, clinicians and researchers work side by side to move discoveries quickly into clinical practice. Therapists learn advanced techniques and patients benefit directly from access to the research labs. And this is at no cost to the patients. The impact is local and global, with more than 300 human studies in publication. Learn more about our research here.

The Foundation hopes to raise a minimum of $1 Million annually 2022-2024 to meet the center's research and education needs. Your gifts will support our talented team of problem-solving investigators and help us purchase groundbreaking technology. Most of all, your gifts are an investment in the patients at MRC -- everyday Mississippians who are able to get back to their lives with your help.   

The Walk & Roll for Research is a low-impact (1-2 mile) annual benefit for the Foundation that celebrates the abilities and mobility gained by patients. Visit our Walk website here.

Gift Acceptance: The Foundation's officers serve as the Gift Acceptance Committee, reserving the right to decline any gift not consistent with our mission or values, a gift that may have liabilities, or a gift that we feel would be too difficult or time consuming to manage or divest. Also, at this time, the Foundation is not set up to receive cryptocurrency donations. 

Giving Levels

Visionaries $500,000 +
Pillars $200,000 - $499,999
Pioneers $85,000 - $199,999
Sustainers $25,000 - $84,999
Partners $5,000 - $24,999
Fellows $1,000 - $4,999
Friends Up to $1,000


The Wilson Research Foundation is led by a Board of Governors appointed by the MRC Trustees:

Virginia Wilson Mounger (chair)*
Marion Wofford, MD (vice chair)
Dave Robinson (secretary)
Gene Delcomyn (treasurer)
Chris Blount (executive director/ex officio)
Kelley Walton Fenelon
Mary Helen McCarty Griffis
Matthew Holleman III*
Katy Houston
Tish Hughes*
Sam Lane*
Lyn McMillin
Cy Rosenblatt
Robert Smith, MD
*Indicates concurrent members of the MRC Board of Trustees
Wilson Research Foundation
Chris Blount, Executive Director
Office: (601) 364-3598
Mailing Address:
1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS 39216

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