Benjamin (Ben) Franklin Ivy III graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University and received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He was President of Ivy Financial Enterprises, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm in Palo Alto, California. Ben was a Certified Financial Planner and a Registered Principal of Associated Securities Corp. who specialized in investment real estate. He was a pioneer in the concept of comprehensive financial and estate planning through a very successful series of lectures and workshops.
Ben possessed great intellect and had the ability to communicate his thoughts and ideas to his clients. He was listed annually in “Who’s Who in America” for over 20 years. In November of 2005, Ben lost his battle with brain cancer. He had survived only four months after diagnosis. Ben set a true example of living life to the fullest. He is missed and continues to set an example for those who were fortunate enough to have known him. The Ivy Foundation was created by Ben and his wife, Catherine, in order to support medical research.
Ivy Foundation Biomedical Innovation Fund Doubles Support for U.Va. Projects Benefiting Human Health
New commitments from the Ivy Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Medicine will double the annual Ivy Biomedical Innovation Fund’s research awards for U.Va. faculty, while advancing discoveries to better diagnose and treat disease.
The Ivy Foundation Biomedical Innovation fund supports projects that involve School of Medicine faculty members and other investigators from multiple departments, schools and specialties across the University.
Since the creation of the Ivy Biomedical Innovation Fund in 2008, the Ivy Foundation has awarded $860,000 to University research collaborations that have the potential to yield leading-edge diagnostics, technology and treatments for a wide range of human health problems.
Each year, the fund awards approximately $200,000, with individual awards averaging $50,000. Beginning in 2013, the Ivy Foundation will increase its annual contribution, which will be matched by the School of Medicine to provide awards totaling $500,000 annually.
“The scope of projects funded over the past five years has been impressive,” said Dr. Robert W. Battle, who chairs the Ivy Foundation and directs U.Va.’s Adult Congenital Heart Clinic. “This research will make a real and immediate difference for patients. It’s gratifying to see the work that has been accomplished through the Ivy Foundation’s support. I look forward to seeing the impact that these added resources will make possible.”
In 2012, a record number of U.Va. researchers and clinicians applied for funding, with 28 proposals coming from U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Medicine, School of Nursingand Medical Center.
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Ben possessed great intellect and had the ability to communicate his thoughts and ideas to his clients. In November of 2005, Ben lost his battle with brain cancer. He had survived only four months after diagnosis. Ben set a true example of living life to the fullest. He is missed and continues to set an example for those who were fortunate enough to have known him. The Ivy Foundation was created by Ben and his wife, Catherine, in order to support medical research.
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Ivy Foundation Funds Diabetes Intervention
Posted By Frontdoors News on July 22, 2013
The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation) announced its funding of the Family Wellness Program managed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix. The Ivy Foundation is the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America; Catherine Ivy is the founder and president of the Ivy Foundation.
The Family Wellness Program is a culturally responsive diabetes intervention program which provides education, lifestyle improvement skills, medical, and counseling services to adults, children, and their families who have been diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes and its associated comorbidities (two or more medical conditions present simultaneously in a patient). The overall goal is to empower these families with the knowledge, tools and skills to make health a priority throughout their lives.
Specific program objectives include:
- Affecting lifestyle choices in food, fitness, and self-efficacy that enhance and establish ongoing positive health behaviors;
- Increasing knowledge and skills in recognizing, managing and improving risk factors, disease, and quality of life throughout the life span;
- Measuring health changes through objective and subjective instruments.
- Evaluating effectiveness of and fine-tuning the model using community- based participatory research;
- Responding to the increasing need for intervention by developing competent professionals who can replicate the model throughout the community.
“While we typically only fund brain cancer research programs, we knew the impact of this program was so strong and the need so great in our local community that we chose to support it,” said Ivy. “We also learn from the research of other diseases and this gives us a fresh perspective.”
“There is proven success with this program. The majority of participants have demonstrated significant improvements in their health as seen in laboratory markers. Patients are healthier. They come back as alumni to attend classes in order to receive continued social support for their lifestyle changes from program staff, volunteers and fellow participants,” said Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix, Executive Director Steve Zabilski. “We are grateful to the Ivy Foundation for their support of this high-impact program.”
The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation has awarded the following individuals grants and funding for brain cancer research in 2012:
- Greg D. Foltz, MD, Director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Medical Center, $2.5 million over three years;
- John Carpten, PhD, and David Craig, PhD, both of the Translational Genomics Research Institute for a collaborative effort with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, UCLA, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and University of Utah, $5 million over five years; and
- Brandy Wells, Manager of Science Education and Outreach at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, has received $45,000 annually for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship Program.
Dr. Sam Gambhir of Stanford University says the support of the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation allows for multi-center trials to research Glioblastoma brain tumors.