RJF's concern for the community extends to social issues as well. The Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation was established as a mechanism to channel funds where they can make a meaningful impact on the efforts of those already striving to make the world a better place to live and work.
The Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation supports significant, innovative, collaborative efforts in clinical immunology, particularly for those that relate to patient support, education and research in the areas of HIV/AIDS and its attendant illnesses; fosters business entrepreneurship and promotes the free enterprise spirit; and encourages economic development in partnership with the arts. The Foundation is committed to continuing and strengthening the passions and legacy of its founder, Richard J. Fasenmyer.
The Richard J. Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology
The Foundation has established The Richard J. Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. The Center for Clinical Immunology expands the department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, and the Clinic's commitment to the research and treatment of rheumatic and immunologic diseases. In addition, the Center serves to educate the general public and medical professionals about these devastating illnesses which include HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Vasculitis.
The Foundation has also provided financial support to the following organizations, among others
- The Alpha Workshops
- The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
- The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin
- The Special Olympics
- Cleveland Playhouse Square
Richard J. Fasenmyer, who passed away in 2002, founded the RJF International Corporation. John Baechle, CEO of RJF International Corporation and president of the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation, said the Foundation is pleased to provide financial support and partner with organizations dedicated to improving people's lives.
Richard J. Fasenmyer
"Dick Fasenmyer had an extraordinary commitment to people. In both business and community, he worked to make people's lives better. These grants are a continuation of this dream."
—John Baechle, Chairman and CEO of RJF International Corporation and President of the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation