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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the R-O-W Foundation?
The large pharmaceutical companies, known as Big Pharma, focus on the U. S. and a handful of other wealthy countries and the emerging markets in India and China. The rest of the world is referred to as ROW (Rest of World) and typically doesn’t receive the treatment options, including medications, that are readily available in the developed world.

The R-O-W Foundation stands for “Rest of World,” those under-resourced areas where millions suffer needlessly. ROW’s focus is on helping people with epilepsy in these under-resourced areas. We envision a future when life-changing medications and other treatments will be available to ALL people, at ALL times, in ALL the world.

The ROW Foundation is incorporated as a nonprofit in Illinois. We received our designation as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization in February 2015. Contributions to the work of the ROW Foundation are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
How did the ROW Foundation get started?
After thirty years of successful leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, Scott Boyer knew he wanted to do something that would benefit others and create a legacy. The diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and associated psychiatric disorders in under-resourced areas were of particular concern to him.

Scott created the ROW Foundation to help address this inequity. He made the radical decision to fund its programs with revenue from a pharmaceutical company he helped start at about the same time—OWP Pharmaceuticals. OWP manufactures and sells effective anti-epileptic and psychiatric drugs. The ROW Foundation is a shareholder of OWP and funds its programs with the profits generated by OWP.
What is unique about the ROW Foundation’s financial structure?
The nonprofit ROW Foundation has a significant interest in a thriving, for-profit business - OWP Pharmaceutical. When OWP makes money, it pays dividends to its shareholders, including ROW. Since OWP is sustainable and scalable, it will provide ongoing revenues for ROW to carry out its humanitarian mission. As the company grows, so does ROW’s charitable work, which will touch the lives of people around the world.
Where does the ROW Foundation work?
Our focus is on under-resourced areas of the world where those with epilepsy don’t have access to knowledgeable healthcare professionals, modern diagnostic tools or effective drugs. We also work in under-resourced areas in developed countries like the U. S. where underserved pockets still exist. Check our map to see the countries where we have active or planned projects.

We use the phrase "under-resourced areas" to refer to places around the globe that lack access to the training, diagnosis and treatments available in economically developed countries. In these under-resourced areas, the ROW Foundation funds:

  • Training of healthcare professionals related to epilepsy
  • Programs related to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy
  • Distribution of epilepsy-related treatments, supplies and medications

  • Learn more about living with epilepsy in under-resourced areas of the world.
How does the ROW Foundation work?
The ROW Foundation is a funding foundation, not an operating foundation. We provide grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues of epilepsy and associated psychiatric disorders in under-resourced areas. Working cooperatively benefits all those involved and allows the ROW Foundation to fulfill its charitable purpose in the most effective and efficient way possible.

We will invite organizations that meet our criteria to submit a project proposal, and if we’re interested in working together we will first establish an organizational relationship. We do not consider unsolicited funding proposals.
How can an organization establish a relationship with the ROW Foundation?
Send an initial email to our Program Developer, Lori Hairrell. Introduce yourself and your organization and let us know what you’re doing to address epilepsy in under-served areas. Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Include any internet links and materials that describe your organization.

If we have compatible purposes and objectives, we will exchange additional information to gain a deeper understanding of each other’s organizations. If it makes sense to work together on a present or future project, we will invite you to send a Letter of Inquiry. See our Proposals page for more details.
What does the ROW Foundation mean by “One World. One Standard?”
About 80% of epilepsy patients in the U. S. have their seizures controlled through medication, surgery and other treatments. These wonderful options aren’t available to the vast majority of people in under-resourced regions of the world. For example, the World Health Organization estimates that only 10 percent of people with epilepsy in Africa receive appropriate treatment.

The ROW Foundation believes that we're one world and there should be one standard for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and associated psychiatric disorders. The world is filled with inequity and injustices, and the treatment of epilepsy is just one of them. But it's an inequity we are working to address. We envision a future when life-giving epilepsy treatments will be available to all people, at all times, in all places: One World. One Standard.

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