Louis Bachmann (1916-2000) and Bonnie Strauss founded The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation (BSDPF) in 1995 as a nonprofit 501(c)3. The Foundation was started to encourage new scientific research in the fields of dystonia and Parkinson's disease and to heighten awareness about the diseases. The Foundation is also the leading organization actively looking at the interface between dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. Early stages of scientific research are often the hardest to fund. Following a similar concept to that of a "venture capital" fund, seed money is funded through annual grants, which help to leverage new ideas and advances in the fields. To date, the Foundation has allocated over $17 million dollars to 235 grants in the U.S. and abroad.