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) nonprofit organization (Tax ID #64-0752440) and serves as the “fundraising arm” of MRC. Mr. McCarty asked that the Foundation be named to honor Earl R. Wilson, founding chairman of MRC, and his wife Martha Lyles Wilson, for their tireless work helping Mississippians overcome disabling obstacles.  

Our Mission

From the very beginning, the Foundation’s focus has been to raise funds to build a research and education program that would establish Methodist as a center of excellence. The very best hospitals are research centers, and as a research center, Methodist is able to attract excellent clinicians and researches who work side by side to move research discoveries quickly into clinical practice. Therapists learn advanced techniques and patients benefit directly from access to the research labs. The program also has a global impact, with close to 300 clinical (human) research studies in publication. The result is a world-class research program that helps patients recover physical and cognitive abilities. Learn more about our research here.

Your gifts to the Wilson Research Foundation make this possible. In the past year alone, more than 500 persons and businesses made gifts to support this life-changing work. And the Foundation needs to raise a minimum of $1 Million annually 2019-2021 to meet the center's research and education needs. This will provide stable funding to retain and expand our team of research scientists, 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 thanks to your support.   

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)*
Sam Lane (vice chair and fundraising chair)*
Dave Robinson (secretary)
Gene Delcomyn (treasurer)
Chris Blount (executive director/ex officio)
Kelley Fenelon
Mary Helen McCarty Griffis
Matthew Holleman III*
Katy Houston
Tish Hughes*
Lyn McMillin
Dean Miller (Life Member)
Cy Rosenblatt
Robert Smith, MD
Cal Wells
Marion Wofford, MD
*Indicates concurrent members of the MRC Board of Trustees
The Wilson Research Foundation
1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Office: (601) 364-3598

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