Annual Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit
  • By Al Harlow
  • Cause in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Awareness Campaign Fund


Building awareness has been one of the primary tasks Chris Jerry has been doing since starting the The Emily Jerry Foundation in 2009.

Behind The Scenes Photo of Christopher Jerry and Rachel Feldman for FOX News Documentary
Chris Jerry, Founder and CEO of the Foundation, tirelessly works speaking to as many people as possible, so that what happened to his family and him doesn’t ever have to happen to anyone else. This picture is of him being interviewed by FOX NEWS
Senior Producer, Rachel Feldman for new documentary.

This fund will help to keep Chris on the road speaking at and in front of as many people who can be mustered, at engagements where the Foundation doesn’t necessarily have to charge a fee or an honorarium. These types of engagements include visits to pharmacy technician schools, schools of pharmacy, medical schools, etc. It’s extremely important that the Foundation is able to spread its important messages to students who will soon become our future leaders in healthcare. Due to the fact that Chris’s vital work in the area of patient safety, thus far, has been almost exclusively with the clinicians who work in our nation’s world renowned medical facilities, there is so much more work to be done in terms of increasing public awareness of the overall dangers associated with preventable medical harm. Unfortunately, most of the general public is still not even aware that preventable medical errors were identified, back in 2013, as being the third leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 440,000 American lives every single year, in Dr. John James sentinel study in the peer reviewed Journal of Patient Safety (Journal of Patient Safety: September 2013 – Volume 9 – Issue 3 – p 122–128).

Up until now, the Emily Jerry Foundation was run very modestly. It was essentially Chris Jerry’s way to pay tribute to his daughter and get some satisfaction in knowing that her death was not in vain.

A New Beginning for the Foundation:

Through speaking with others, including those involved in running very large and successful charities, it was realized that in order to be much more impactful and inspire real positive change to make a difference and ultimately achieve its mission, the Foundation really needed to ramp up, and so; it has taken the steps necessary, starting first with the launch of this new website on June 24th, 2016, after weeks of focused, long hours and hard work by our new web team, led by Al Harlow of Click IT.

Most importantly, with a real budget now in place and realistic and achievable goals, the Foundation has set off on a new path through focusing on its initiatives (some old, some new) to help bring about these vital changes in healthcare.

The expenses of the Foundation needed to move beyond depending entirely on Chris Jerry for funding the Foundation activities. So in 2015, the Emily Jerry Foundation formed a Board which now sets the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and then this determines what monthly goals need to be met.

Budgets are set based on several key factors:

  1. Active initiatives and their costs
  2. Operational expenses
  3. Monetary contributions
  4. Investment performance
  5. Other contributions

Administrative and Overhead Costs:

It is anticipated that approximately 20% of all funds (17% projected for fiscal year 2016) contributed to the Foundation will be used for administrative and overhead costs. These are the expenses directly related to keeping the fund paying its bills and keeping the doors open. Salaries are set by the Board and are below standards typically paid for these positions. The balance of the donation goes directly to the general fund; or when an initiative is specified by the directed donation. Customary Standards and Methodology can be found at Charity Navigator,

Please help us achieve our ramped-up goals and make a contribution today. For corporate sponsorships, please contact us.