Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
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|Founded||December 17, 1965|
|Founders||Shelby Modell and Irwin M. Rosenthal|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) nonprofit organization|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Methods||Funds research of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and provides information about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis|
|more than 50,000|
|Mission||To find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.|
|National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis|
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases. Founded by Shelby Modell and Irwin M. Rosenthal, and formerly known as National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis, it was incorporated on December 17, 1965. CCFA has more than 50,000 members, served by the national headquarters, as well as over 40 chapters nationwide.
Research, educational workshops and symposia, together with the CCFA scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. The National Institutes of Health has commended CCFA for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research." CCFA ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to mission-critical programs, with nearly 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going toward medical research, professional education, and patient support.
Four decades ago, CCFA created the field of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research. CCFA funds studies at medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research to find the causes of and cures for Crohn’s and colitis. CCFA has provided more than $150 million for Crohn's and colitis research to date.
Patient and Professional Education and Support
CCFA offers literature and patient support services nationally as well as through its forty regional chapters. CCFA provides information and education for the 1.4 million Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients and their families through a variety of periodicals (Take Charge, Under the Microscope ), books, awareness campaigns, local chapter events, Webcasts, and through its web site. Due to its extensive public awareness and outreach efforts, the Foundation reaches at least one out of every 18 patients, compared to the Arthritis Foundation, with one out of every 85, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, with one out of every 435.
Advocacy is a major component of CCFA's mission. Its advocates are not only patients, but family members, friends, caregivers, and doctors who want to make their voices heard and see a future free from Crohn's and colitis. Foundation advocates call for increased Federal funding for Crohn's and colitis research and awareness programs designed to improve the lives of patients. The Foundation encourages its members, volunteers, and friends to become actively involved in advancing its public policy goals.
CCFA designated the week of December 1–7 as Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week in order to encourage all Americans to join in the effort to find cures for these diseases, help raise awareness and support research.
CCFA primarily relies on the support of members and donors to continue its work. CCFA raises critical dollars through its local and nationwide special events, spearheaded by its national Team Challenge and Take Steps programs.
Team Challenge is the Foundation's endurance training and fundraising program, which prepares participants to run or walk a half marathon, take part in a cycling event, or experience a sprint triathlon while raising money for a cure.
CCFA received $3,042,350 of grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services between 2008 and 2015.
Great Comebacks Awards
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America established the Great Comebacks Awards in 1984 in order to recognize individuals who have triumphed over inflammatory bowel disease. In 1991, the award was given to Dr. P. Kent Cullen, a colon surgeon who has ulcerative colitis and has undergone multiple ostomy surgeries.
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